• This Week in PT News, August 1 Image

    articleAug 1, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, August 1

    New Study Finds Physical Therapy Speeds up Concussion Recovery According to a recent study from the University of Calgary, post-concussion patients who completed a combined physical therapy program after an initial rest period of seven to ten days dramatically reduced the severity of their symptoms. Rather than participating in a standard vestibular rehabilitation program, patients in the study received a combined vestibular and cervical spine physical therapy program. The patients with the combined program saw a 73% …

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    articleJul 25, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 25

    APTA Opposes UnitedHealthcare's Plan to Require Functional Reporting On Monday, July 21, the APTA announced that they have sent a letter to UnitedHealthcare urging the carrier to halt plans to implement functional reporting on August 1, 2014. The APTA argues this move is ill-advised due to the burden it will create for therapists and lack of data regarding the effectiveness of functional limitation reporting. Read more on the APTA’s stance on UnitedHealthcare’s decision here Little League Shoulder …

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    articleJul 18, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 18

    CMS Releases Proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2015. You can read highlights of the proposed rule and access a link to view the full version here . CMS will accept public comments on the rule until September 2, 2014, and the organization is expected to release the final fee schedule on or before November 1, 2014. ACL …

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    articleJul 11, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 11

    Women’s Soccer Named the Most ACL Injury-Prone Sport New research shows that women soccer players are eight times more likely to tear their ACLs than their male counterparts. The study also concludes that women’s soccer is the most ACL injury-prone sport. Physical therapists say the key to combating ACL injuries is education and prevention. It’s also just as important to #GetPT after an ACL tear in order to prevent another one from occurring. Occupational Therapy Key to …

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    articleJul 3, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 3

    Michigan Direct Access Bill Signed into Law On July 1, Michigan Governor signed into law Senate Bill 690, now Public Act 260 of 2014, making Michigan a direct access state for physical therapy, which means patients can seek and receive physical therapy treatment and services without a physician’s referral. This law marks a significant milestone for the PT industry: all 50 states and Washington, DC, now allow—in some form—direct access to PT. Read more here . One-Third …

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    articleJun 27, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 27

    New Smartphone Tool Could Prevent Falls Researchers from Purdue University recently created a portable smartphone tool that could help prevent falls. The device, called SmartGait, can measure a person’s gait length and speed, which are critical components when predicting falls. The research team believes this device will help not only with preventing falls, but also with mitigating the effects of balance disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Read more about this potentially groundbreaking tool here . Bad Posture While …

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    articleJun 20, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 20

    Doctors say Portuguese Soccer Star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Serious Risk for ACL Tear Cristiano Ronaldo has been advised not to continue playing in the World Cup by his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Noronha, who says he is at risk for tearing his ACL. Fans have also noticed a difference in Ronaldo as he has been shown limping and continually icing his knee since the start of the World Cup. If you were Ronaldo’s physical therapist, what advice would …

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    articleJun 13, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 13

    Physical Therapist Weighs in on LeBron's Cramps Kelly Starrett, a renowned body mechanics coach and physical therapist, recently gave his take on LeBron’s debilitating cramps during the NBA Finals. Find out why James should #GetPT (and some pickle juice) here . Neuroscience and Cognitive Technology Combine for First Kick at FIFA 2014 World Cup The FIFA 2014 World Cup had an amazing start yesterday with a first kick by a paraplegic man wearing a robotic body suit …

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    articleJun 6, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 6

    Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Surgeon Create Pitching App Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, recently created an app called Throw Like a Pro, which they specifically designed to prevent overuse injury in baseball players. This app not only offers tips and exercises for pitchers, but also calculates the amount of rest time they should have based on their age. Read more about this new app and how it …

  • This Week in PT News, May 30 Image

    articleMay 30, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 30

    Researchers Debate Back Pain Solutions In a new Washington Post article, professors, researchers, and physicians weighed in on the many treatment options for chronic back pain. Many pointed out that it’s extremely difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose back problems—let alone treat them effectively. Jay Khanna, director of the Johns Hopkins Orthopedic and Spine Surgery practice, said he tries to avoid surgery and instead recommends #physicaltherapy for back pain. Read more about the back pain debate here …

  • This Week in PT News, May 23 Image

    articleMay 23, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 23

    Doctors Perform Groundbreaking 3D Hip Implant Surgery Southampton doctors recently completed their first hip surgery using a 3D printed implant and a bone stem cell graft. Because the 3D printed implant is designed to fit the patient’s exact measurements, scientists are hopeful that this technique will help eliminate future surgeries. Get more details about this surgery and how physical therapy will play a role in the recovery process here . Physical Therapists Research Dance Injury Prevention Dance …

  • This Week in PT News, May 16 Image

    articleMay 16, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 16

    Kinesio Tape: Fad or Fact? Many physical therapists swear by it, but does kinesio tape actually work? Some say “yes,” but this article says there is little research that actually backs up these claims. Which side are you on? Study Suggests Link Between Teen Smoking and Back Pain Which came first: the cigarette or the back pain? Researchers now believe there is a bidirectional relationship between teen smoking and back pain. Click here to learn more about …


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