Study Touts PT as Effective Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

A new study revealed that physical therapy could be just as effective as surgery in treating the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of lower back pain and nerve damage. Surgery for this ailment has a 15% complication rate, with half of those complications considered life-threatening. Physical therapy, on the other hand, is a low-risk treatment alternative, and study participants who nixed surgery to #GetPT experienced the same degree of pain reduction as those who had surgery. To find out more about this study, click here.

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Exercise May Counteract Harmful Effects of Pollution

According to new research from the University of Copenhagen, exercise could outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution. The study notes that exercising outdoors—even in a highly polluted area—produces more benefits than staying indoors and being inactive. Researchers still advise people to exercise in less polluted areas whenever possible, and they are working to replicate this study in other, more polluted places outside of Denmark.


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    articleJun 5, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 5

    Depression May Lead to Low Back Pain Multiple studies now show that patients who suffer from depression are at an increased risk of developing lower back pain. Researchers analyzed a pool of data from 19 different studies, ultimately determining that symptoms of depression increased the risk of developing low back pain by around 60%. They cited multiple factors that could account for the link, including age, biological characteristics, lifestyle, and genetics. To find out more about the …

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    articleSep 19, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, September 19

    Walking or Cycling to Work “Improves Well-Being” Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) recently conducted a study revealing that people who walk or cycle to work report higher levels of well-being. The study took more than 18 years to complete, as researchers compiled data from 18,000 commuters across the UK. Participants in the study who originally drove to work and then switched to walking or biking said they felt much happier after the switch. Learn …

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    articleApr 17, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 17

    For Young Pitchers, Fewer Innings Might Not Mean Fewer Injuries A new study from the University of Waterloo indicates that reducing the number of innings young Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers throw may not prevent injuries. The study revealed that young pitchers must apply more extensive prevention methods, like biomechanical assessments, to prevent overuse injuries. Physical therapists also are key assets in the quest for athletic injury prevention as they can design prevention-centered strengthening and conditioning programs. …

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    articleOct 3, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, October 3

    October is National Physical Therapy Month It’s that time of the year again! Throughout the month of October, we will be celebrating the physical therapy profession and letting the world know why PT matters. WebPT is currently running an Instagram campaign to demonstrate the key role physical therapists play in helping people get back to their normal, active lives. Check out WebPT’s Instagram feed to see all of the great pictures, and contribute your own photos using …

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    articleApr 4, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 4

    ICD-10 Delayed On Monday, the Senate approved HR 4302, which extends the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix for another year and delays mandatory ICD-10 implementation until 2015. Learn more about this legislation and how it will affect your practice here . Muscle Mass Valuable in Older Adults A new study out of UCLA shows that the more muscle mass older adults have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. This article explains why muscle mass might …

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    articleMay 29, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 29

    Oral Steroids May Not Effectively Treat Sciatica Back Pain Researchers have discovered that prednisone, a drug commonly used to treat acute sciatica, is almost completely ineffective in reducing symptoms associated with sciatica back pain. In a randomized trial , 267 patients with herniated disks underwent a 15-day course of either Prednisone or a placebo pill. After three weeks, both groups reported experiencing less pain associated with their condition, with no difference between the participants who received the …

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    articleJan 30, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, January 30

    Physical Therapy is Key to Improved ICU Outcomes While many researchers already know that rest is not always the best medicine, a new Johns Hopkins study reveals that initiating physical therapy early in the treatment process for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients benefits both patients and healthcare facilities. How? Well, a structured approach to quality improvement processes leads to sustainable improvement in patient outcomes and reduced hospital costs. Read more about this study here . Changes in …

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    articleApr 20, 2015 | 7 min. read

    Bundle Up: Why Payment Bundling Could Pay Big for PTs

    If you need to get into a cold swimming pool, it’s usually better—and more painless—to just dive right in. When it comes to adopting a new payment model, on the other hand, it’s usually smarter—and less risky—to take the plunge one chilling step at a time. Health care is moving toward a value-based payment environment ; there’s no question about that. But for providers who’ve been marching to the tune of fee-for-service payment since, well, forever, doing …

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    articleMar 2, 2018 | 5 min. read

    Beignets on the Bayou: Top #APTACSM Social Moments of 2018

    Last week, the WebPT team paraded through NOLA (literally) to celebrate our 10th anniversary at the APTA’s largest conference, the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) . And by gumbo, was it a treat. We got to gather in the great—and super humid—state of Louisiana with 17,000 other physical therapy professionals to learn, network, connect, and all that jazz. (Seriously, there was a lot of jazz.) And speaking of jazz, nothing gets me more jazzed than experiencing the buzz …

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