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.

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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.

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  • Fight for Your Right to PT: 10 To-Dos from the 10th Annual Graham Sessions Image

    articleJan 24, 2017 | 17 min. read

    Fight for Your Right to PT: 10 To-Dos from the 10th Annual Graham Sessions

    The first rule of the Graham Sessions is that you don’t talk about the Graham Sessions. Well, sort of. This annual “think tank” event isn’t quite as clandestine as Fight Club, but the rules are definitely a bit different than those associated with any other PT industry conference. After all, the point of this meeting is, quite simply, to talk—to have real, open, honest conversations about the controversial issues facing the physical therapy community. And to ensure …

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    articleMar 27, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 27

    House Passes SGR Fix, Extends Therapy Cap On March 26, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the sustainable growth rate used to calculate doctors’ payments from Medicare. Unfortunately, this bill only includes a two-year extension of the therapy cap exceptions process rather than a full repeal of the cap. The bill is is expected to pass the Senate—and quickly—before Congress recesses early next week. Read more about this bill and how it …

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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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    articleFeb 20, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 20

    Hip Replacements on the Rise as Baby Boomers Age According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans who opt to undergo hip replacement surgery is increasing. Doctors say this surge corresponds to the growing population of aging baby boomers as well as an uptick in the number of people interested in maintaining an active lifestyle as they age. What hasn’t changed: the importance of physical therapy in the …

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    articleMay 1, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 1

    New Study Questions Safety of Whole-Body Vibration Platforms Western University just released a study showing that whole-body vibration platforms—which are typically used to treat various musculoskeletal disorders—may cause damage to joint tissues. Researchers noted significant damage to subjects’ knee joints and spines after four weeks of undergoing whole-body vibration. While study leaders say there’s still a need for additional research on the subject, they advise that all rehabilitation practitioners take extreme caution when prescribing whole-body vibration. Study: …

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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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    articleFeb 27, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 27

    PTs Receive Millions in Funding for Outcomes Research Five APTA members recently received $64.1 million in funding thanks to the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pragmatic Clinical Funding Initiative . Researchers will use these funds to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies that will help fill critical evidence gaps as well as produce results PTs can use in clinical practice. Find out more about this groundbreaking initiative and what it means for physical therapists here . Reintroduced …

  • Founder Letter: Is the World Ready to #ChoosePT? Image

    articleOct 4, 2016 | 9 min. read

    Founder Letter: Is the World Ready to #ChoosePT?

    Fall is officially here—and all across the country, people are enjoying cozy sweaters, crisp mornings, and pumpkin spice lattes. For those of us in the physical therapy space, fall brings another exciting seasonal ritual: National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) . Each October, the PT community—led by the APTA—unites around a specific theme as we celebrate and promote our profession. In an effort to bring even more attention to its #ChoosePT campaign, the APTA has decided to make …

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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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