Decreasing recurrent bowel obstructions, improving quality of life with physiotherapy: Controlled study
AuthorRice, Amanda D
Reed, Evette D
Wurn, Belinda F
Weinstock, Leonard B
Pratt, Janey SA
III, C Richard King
Wurn, Lawrence J
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Coll Med Phoenix, Dept Internal Med
KeywordsClear passage approach
Small bowel obstructions
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PublisherBAISHIDENG PUBLISHING GROUP INC
CitationRice AD, Patterson K, Reed ED, Wurn BF, Robles K, Klingenberg B, Weinstock LB, Pratt JS, King CR, Wurn LJ. Decreasing recurrent bowel obstructions, improving quality of life with physiotherapy: Controlled study. World J Gastroenterol 2018; 24(19): 2108-2119
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AbstractAIM To compare (1) quality of life and (2) rate of recurrent small bowel obstructions (SBO) for patients treated with novel manual physiotherapy vs no treatment. METHODS One hundred and three subjects (age 19-89) with a history of recurrent adhesive SBO were treated with a manual physiotherapy called the Clear Passage Approach (CPA) which focused on decreasing adhesive crosslinking in abdominopelvic viscera. Pre- and post-therapy data measured recurring obstructions and quality of life, using a validated test sent 90 d after therapy. Results were compared to 136 untreated control subjects who underwent the same measurements for subjects who did not receive any therapy, which is the normal course for patients with recurring SBO. Comparison of the groups allowed us to assess changes when the physiotherapy was added as an adjunct treatment for patients with recurring SBO. RESULTS Despite histories of more prior hospitalizations, obstructions, surgeries, and years impacted by bowel issues, the 103 CPA-treated subjects reported a significantly lower rate of repeat SBO than 136 untreated controls (total obstructions P = 0.0003; partial obstructions P = 0.0076). Subjects treated with the therapy demonstrated significant improvements in five of six total domains in the validated Small Bowel Obstruction Questionnaire (SBO-Q). Domains of diet, pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, quality of life (QOL) and pain severity when compared to post CPA treatment were significantly improved (P < 0.0001). The medication domain was not changed in the CPA treated group (P = 0.176). CONCLUSION CPA physical therapy was effective for patients with adhesive SBO with significantly lower recurrence rate, improvement in reported symptoms and overall quality of life of subjects.
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