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Titles & IDs
Public title
Effectiveness of Physiotherapy for Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture
Scientific title
Effectiveness of Physiotherapy for Vertebral Osteoporotic Fracture: a Randomised Controlled Pilot Trial
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Osteoporosis 0 0
Vertebral Fracture 0 0
Condition category
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Injuries and Accidents 0 0 0 0
Musculoskeletal 0 0 0 0
Other muscular and skeletal disorders
Musculoskeletal 0 0 0 0

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Other interventions - Physiotherapy

Active Comparator: Physiotherapy - Including 10 individual visits with a physiotherapist and home exercises

No Intervention: 2 - Usual care

Other interventions: Physiotherapy
10 weekly individual sessions with the therapist each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Techniques included postural taping, massage, mobilisation, exercises. The patients also performed home exercises

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Other interventions
Comparator / control treatment
Control group

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Back pain as assessed by a numeric rating scale
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Baseline and 10 weeks
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activity restriction, health-related quality of life and physical activity levels as well as overall perceived rating of change in back pain. Objective measures of thoracic kyphosis, standing balance, back and shoulder muscle endurance
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Baseline and 10 weeks

Key inclusion criteria
- if female, at least five years post-menopause

- aged > 50 years

- primary osteoporosis defined as DXA T score < -2.5 at either the spine or proximal
femur with at least one morphometric vertebral crush fracture sustained between 3
months to 2 years previously

- back pain/discomfort in thoracic or lumbar region felt at least weekly within the last
6 months

- stable dose of medication for treatment of osteoporosis (eg. hormone replacement
therapy, bisphosphonates)

- community dwelling and able to attend for treatment

- English speaking
Minimum age
50 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
- secondary causes of bone loss such as osteomalacia, glucocorticoid medication etc.

- co-morbidities that would interfere with participation in exercise such as severe
heart or pulmonary disease, inflammatory joint disease, severe osteoarthritis,
psychiatric condition

- acute vertebral fracture in past 3 months

- signs and symptoms arising from nerve root compression

- back pain radiating into the lower limb

- previous participation in a formal pain management program for back pain

- physiotherapy for back pain in the past 6 months

- allergic reaction to adhesive tape or poor skin condition that would prevent use of

Study design
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Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
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Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

The people assessing the outcomes
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Phase 2
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Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
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School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne - Melbourne
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3010 - Melbourne

Funding & Sponsors
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University of Melbourne
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ANZ Trustees
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Brief summary
The aim of this pilot study was to determine the effect of physiotherapy on impairments and
health-related quality of life in people with a painful osteoporotic spinal fracture. It is
hypothesised that physiotherapy will reduce impairments and improve quality of life in this
patient group.
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Principal investigator
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Kim L Bennell, PhD
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University of Melbourne
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