Texas Bill Could Move PTs Closer to Total Direct Access
A new bill in Texas could eliminate the need for a patient to obtain a doctor’s referral prior to receiving physical therapy services. House Bill 1263—which just passed the public health committee this week—gives physical therapists the green light to provide treatment for 45 days (or 20 visits) without a physician’s diagnosis. If enacted, this law would be great news for PTs in Texas. However, many professional groups have spoken out against the bill, arguing that patients should get a physician's diagnosis prior to receiving physical therapy. Read more about the bill here.
Study Sheds Light on Older Individuals’ Susceptibility to Tendon Injuries
New research out of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) reveals that older individuals’ susceptibility to tendon injuries may result from age-induced stiffness of the material between tendon fibers. According to those who conducted the study, these findings may lead to new, enhanced treatment options for older people looking to prevent injury. “We now have a much greater understanding of what happens to tendon structure as people get older and the role that plays in injuries,” said Dr. Chavaunne Thorpe of the QMUL School of Engineering and Materials Science.