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Measuring upper limb disability in non-specific neck pain: A clinical performance measure

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Clinically it is common for patients with non-specific neck pain to report problems with upper limb function. Yet the extent of upper limb deficits in patients with neck pain is not well known and there are few measures available to clinicians to help quantify upper limb capacity in patients with neck pain. This paper synthesises and presents the findings of several studies which attempt to quantify the extent of upper limb disability in patients with non-specific neck pain and describes the development, validation and limitations of the Single Arm Military Press (SAMP) test.

The SAMP test is an easy to conduct, brief, economical, performance based measure of upper limb disability which may prove beneficial for use in clinical practice in different cultural or socioeconomic communities, though further validation is required to confirm this.

“Thinking out of the Box”- From Physiotherapy to Rehabilitation

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This editorial gives the introduction to International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. It begins with history and definition of fields like rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The later part also describes the journal’s objectives and review policy towards open-access publishing.

Open Access Publishing: The Future of Rehabilitation Research

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Rehabilitation professions have evolved over the past century from being an adjunct to the medical services to an essential part of the multi disciplinary team. In the recent years, the Open Access movement has gained momentum through various publishers like Pubmed Central and Biomed Central, who provide immediate free open access to the users. This article looks into the Open Access Publication in Physiotherapy, the benefits and challenges it faces for its growth into the preferential publishing model.

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