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PURPOSE To compare effects on strength in the early phase of resistance training with one or three sets and fast or slow speeds. METHODS A total of 115 healthy, untrained subjects were randomized to a control group or one of four training groups: one set fast (approximately 140 degrees.s(-1)), three sets fast, one set slow (approximately 50(More)
Evidence that unilateral training increases contralateral strength is inconsistent, possibly because existing studies have design limitations such as lack of control groups, lack of randomization, and insufficient statistical power. This study sought to determine whether unilateral resistance training increases contralateral strength. Subjects (n = 115)(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the course of chronic low back pain in an inception cohort and to identify prognostic markers at the onset of chronicity. DESIGN Inception cohort study with one year follow-up. SETTING Primary care clinics in Sydney, Australia. PARTICIPANTS The study sample was a subcohort of an inception cohort of 973 consecutive patients(More)
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BACKGROUND We aimed to investigate whether the addition of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or spinal manipulative therapy, or both, would result in faster recovery for patients with acute low back pain receiving recommended first-line care. METHODS 240 patients with acute low back pain who had seen their general practitioner and had been given(More)
OBJECTIVE The study investigated the test-retest reliability and construct validity of the Global Perceived Effect (GPE) scale in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Data from seven clinical studies including 861 subjects were used for the analyses. Repeat measures taken at the same attendance and from attendances separated(More)
BACKGROUND Regular paracetamol is the recommended first-line analgesic for acute low-back pain; however, no high-quality evidence supports this recommendation. We aimed to assess the efficacy of paracetamol taken regularly or as-needed to improve time to recovery from pain, compared with placebo, in patients with low-back pain. METHODS We did a(More)
Pain self-efficacy and fear of movement have been proposed to explain how pain can lead to disability for patients with chronic low back pain. However the extent to which pain self-efficacy and fear of movement mediate the relationship between pain and disability over time has not been investigated. This study aimed to investigate whether pain self-efficacy(More)
Selecting an appropriate control group or placebo for randomised controlled trials of spinal manipulative therapy is essential to the final interpretation and usefulness of these studies. Prior to starting a randomised controlled trial of spinal manipulative therapy for acute low back pain we wanted to ensure that the placebo selected would be considered(More)
BACKGROUND Sciatica is a type of neuropathic pain that is characterised by pain radiating into the leg. It is often accompanied by low back pain and neurological deficits in the lower limb. While this condition may cause significant suffering for the individual, the lack of evidence supporting effective treatments for sciatica makes clinical management(More)