1 in 4 physios provide non-recommended treatments
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