Background. Tendinopathies are a common complaint presenting to health professionals, including osteopaths. Evidence supports the use of exercise rehabilitation, with a potential role for manual therapy. This study sought to profile the practice and clinical management characteristics of Australian osteopaths who often treat tendinopathies. Methods. The study was designed as a cross-sectional survey of Australian osteopaths. Participants were Australian osteopaths who were members of the Osteopathy Research and Innovation Network (ORION)-the Australian professions’ practice-based research network. Participants were invited to complete a 27-item practice and clinical management characteristic questionnaire. The questionnaire asked participants to identify demographic, practice and clinical management characteristics associated with their practice. Regression modelling was used to identify significant characteristics associated with often treating tendinopathies. Results. Nine hundred and eighty-nine osteopaths responded and over 41% (n = 410) reported often treating tendinopathies. This group were more likely to be female (ORa 1.5), often treat patients with chronic pain (ORa 3.8) and sports injury (ORa 2.5) and often use exercise prescription (ORa 1.6) in patient care. Conclusions. Australian osteopaths who often treat tendinopathies demonstrate different clinical practice and management characteristics compared to their colleagues who do not often treat this complaint. Research into patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness of osteopathy care for the management of tendinopathies is now required.
- Manual therapy
- Osteopathic medicine
- Practice-based research network