1 in 4 physios provide non-recommended treatments

Physios have a lot to offer, but it's important they avoid 'diluting' care, study author says

More than one in four physiotherapists provide treatments that have no evidence base and are expressly not recommended in guidelines, a systematic review shows. 


When Australian researchers examined studies assessing physiotherapists’ clinical notes, they found that 63% provided treatments recommended by guidelines.

However, 27% used treatments that were expressly not recommended, such as acupuncture for back pain. 

And 45% used therapies that, while not advised against, were not included in clinical guidelines