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Table 3 Complaint and treatment characteristics in physiotherapy practice

From: Patients with shoulder syndromes in general and physiotherapy practice: an observational study

  Physiotherapy practice( PT)
  GP=> PT( n= 895) Only PT( n= 148)
Recurrent complaint (% yes) † 22 31
Duration of complaints (%)   
 <1 month 30 33
 Interventions1-3 months 34 36
 >3 months 36 31
Previous physiotherapy (% yes) 44 47
Pain severity (NRS 0–10) (mean ± SD) (n = 210/57) * 7 (1.7) 7 (1.1)
Onset (%) (n = 238/62)*   
 Gradual 76 71
 Sudden 24 29
Cause† (%) (n = 158/44)*   
 Sport 13 41
 Work 33 27
 Leisure activities 13 18
 Other 41 14
Treatment sessions (mean ± SD) 15 (18) 15 (19)
Duration of treatment (mean ± SD, in weeks) 13 (15) 12 (15)
Treatment goals (%)†   
 Mobility 47 33
 Muscle function 11 20
 Pain 11 13
 Other 31 34
Interventions (% used in ≥50% of the treatment sessions)   
 Mobilisation 45 39
 Massage 39 45
 Physical agent modalities 12 13
 Exercise therapy – functions† 70 55
 Exercise therapy – skills 24 32
 Information & advice 33 33
Treatment goals fully reached (%) 63 69
  1. Significant difference betweenonly PT patientsandGP => PT patients’.
  2. * Registration since 2009.