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New Content Item (1)Featured Article: Virtual reality in the management of patients with low back and neck pain: a retrospective analysis of 82 people treated solely in the metaverse 

Clinically, neck pain disorders (NPD) and non-specific low back pain (NS-LBP) are conditions associated with the greatest number of years lived with disability. A retrospective analysis was performed on 82 participants with NS-LBP and/or NPD who received exercise therapy delivered solely in the metaverse using virtually reality. 


  1. Authors: Alexander S. Reiley, Frank M. Vickory, Sarah E. Funderburg, Rachel A. Cesario and Richard A. Clendaniel

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Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference AIFI 2017. Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations, Evidences and Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy Practice.

Rome, Italy. 12-13 October 2017

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Marco Barbero, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland

Section Editors

Willem De Hertogh, University of Antwerpen, Belgium

Andrea Turolla, IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo, Italy

Andrew A. Guccione, Mason University, USA

Anne Wilhelmina Saskia Rutjes, University of Bern, Switzerland

Roberto Gatti, Humanitas University, Italy

Lara Allet, University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

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Marco Barbero, Editor-in-Chief

New Content ItemMarco Barbero received his Physical Therapy degree in 1999 from the University of Milan, Italy. He obtained a master’s degree in musculoskeletal rehabilitation at University of Genoa in 2005, and in 2016 earned his PhD at the at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Since 2012 he is Professor in Physiotherapy and Head of the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory 2rLab at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. His research involves the integration of neurophysiological and clinical research to improve the assessment and the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. He is founder and member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (SIF).

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Society information

The Italian Society of Physiotherapy (Società Italiana di Fisioterapia, S.I.F.) was founded in Bologna, May 29, 2010, by more than 150 Italian physiotherapists with the aim to promote scientific activities within the physiotherapy field, and to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and clinical evidence-based practice. Though focused on physiotherapy, the Society is not restricted to physiotherapists but open to professionals of all disciplines who collaborate to the objective of acquiring new elements of knowledge about physiotherapy interventions and therefore share the mission of S.I.F.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation. Founded under federal law, SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to research, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organisations and institutions.

Founded in 1959, the Italian Association of Physiotherapists (Associazione Italiana Fisioterapisti - AIFI) is the representative organization of the physiotherapy profession at the Ministry of Health of the Italian Government and the Italian member organization of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. With about 9.000 physiotherapists working in 19 Italian regional areas, AIFI operates as a non-profit organization to promote the role of physiotherapy in improving health and wellbeing, through encouraging high standards of physiotherapy practice, education and research, facilitating communication and information exchange, and collaborating with national and international organizations.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    1.033 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.499 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    29 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    215 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    2,765 Altmetric mentions