Authors’ response to letter by M O de Almeida & B T Saragiotto on “The effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in common lower limb conditions: a systematic review including quantification of patient-rated pain reduction”

We thank the correspondents for their interest in our recent review [1], and appreciate the opportunity to reply. Clinical trumps statistical – synthesise the evidence to inform practice A review of a clinical intervention can include both (i) quantitative (e.g. meta-analyses of effect sizes) and (ii) qualitative (e.g. subjective scoring and weighing of the available […]

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Letter in response to “The effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in common lower limb conditions: a systematic review including quantification of patient-rated pain reduction”

By Matheus Oliveira de Almeida @Matheusoa, and Bruno T Saragiotto @bsaragiotto Korakakis and colleagues’ recent systematic review of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) concluded that the intervention may be effective in the treatment of some lower limb conditions1. However, some aspects of the review raise doubts about the positive conclusion. Although the authors reported that they conducted […]

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The on-going debate about the usefulness of abdominal hypopressive technique on pelvic floor dysfunction: Evidence or evidence, there is no room for speculation.

In response to: “Is abdominal hypopressive technique effective in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction? Marketing or evidence from high-quality trials?” (Letter to the editor)    By Saúl Martín Rodríguez @smrodguez and Kari Bø We thank the authors for the on-going debate about the hypopressive method and its hypothetical benefits on pelvic floor […]

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Letter in response to “Is abdominal hypopressive technique effective in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction? Marketing or evidence from high-quality trials?”

By Tamara Rial Rebullido @Tamara_Rial and Iván Chulvi-Medrano @IvanChulvi We would like to highlight several historical and practical points of view that were overlooked in the discussion paper by Martín-Rodríguez and Bø . 1 Firstly, a look through history of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) exercises dates back to ancient Chinese Taoism and Indian yoga traditions, millenians before […]

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The sedentary office: the need for more pragmatic guidelines

Letter to the Editor by: Dr Kelly Mackenzie, Specialty Registrar in Public Health / Academic Public Health Fellow In response to:  JP Buckley & A Hedge et al (2015). The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity. We welcome the development of quantifiable targets relating to workplace sedentary.  However, given the low quality […]

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Authors of “”Load me up Scotty”: Mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy…” respond to Letter to the Editor by Dr. Nick Webborn and colleagues

Thank you for your interest in our editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: ”Load me up Scotty”: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy (formerly known as plantar fasciitis)”. However, we find your letter to the editor (published in this recent blog) somewhat hit-and-miss with regards to the main “swings” (critique points) provided by you and your […]

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‘Load me up, Scotty’: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy – “It may be science Jim, but not as we know it!” (Letter to the Editor)

Letter to the Editor by BJSM Associate Editor Dr Nick Webborn and colleagues In response to: MS Rathleff and K Thorborg (2015) ‘Load me up, Scotty’: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy (formerly known as plantar fasciitis) Although it’s good to see researchers putting forward hypotheses for improving rehabilitation protocols, I believe there needs to be a balance […]

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Common ground and continued debate: further response to “Strong evidence against PRP injections for chronic lateral epicondylar tendinopathy: a systematic review”

The rich academic discussion continues! Here is a Letter to the Editor from Renee Keijsers, Denise Eygendaal, Michel P. J. van den Bekerom that they wrote in response to a blog from RJ de Vos and colleagues (read it here), who wrote an initial Letter to the Editor (read it here) in response to: Robert-Jan de Vos, Johann […]

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De Vos, Windt and Weir respond to: “Should we really abandon PRP in the treatment of lateral epicondylar tendinopathy?”

One of the great things about social media (blogs, Twitter, etc.) is that it encourages dynamic dialogue and discussion. Academics and practitioners alike benefit from the new insights and ‘food for thought’ this generates. With this tenet in mind, here is a letter from Robert-Jan de Vos, Johann Windt and Adam Weir in response to the BJSM blog: Should we really […]

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Should we really abandon PRP in the treatment of lateral epicondylar tendinopathy?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to: Robert-Jan de Vos, Johann Windt, Adam Weir. Strong evidence against platelet-rich plasma injections for chronic lateral epicondylar tendinopathy: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2014;48(12):952-956.  Dear Editor, Recently a systematic review was published in your journal by de Vos et al (1) on the effect of PRP (Platelet rich […]

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