World Physical Therapy Day was on 8 September, the theme for 2019 is chronic pain. Chronic pain is a significant global health burden. It is estimated that 1.5 billion people, around 20% of the world’s population, experience a chronic pain condition. Physiotherapists play a key role in the prevention and management of chronic pain. There are 4,600+ articles reporting the results of clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials evaluating the effects of physiotherapy interventions for chronic pain. To stay up to date with the latest research, physiotherapists can subscribe to PEDro’s Evidence In Your Inbox feed for ‘chronic pain’.
To celebrate World Physical Therapy Day, PEDro has produced a graphic to show how physiotherapists from around the globe have been using PEDro to inform their practice. The graphic illustrates the proportion of PEDro searches conducted by each country since 2010. In absolute terms, physiotherapists from Brazil have performed the largest number of searches (23%), followed by the USA (9%), Spain (8%), and Australia (7%). Countries with less than 1% usage are signified by the white jerseys.