Young ACL Surgery Patients Often Need Second Operation

A new study from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) reveals that patients who undergo ACL surgery before the age of 21 are more likely to have another knee surgery later on in life. Researchers found that “...8% of patients with a primary ACL reconstruction had another ACL surgery, and 14% had non-ACL knee surgery at a later date.” Shockingly, the average median time lapse between the two surgeries is only 1.6 years. The doctors and researchers involved in this study admit that additional research is needed to determine the factors that lead to subsequent injury.

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Treatment for Stroke Survivors Should Merge Physical Therapy and Mental Practice

According to researchers at Georgia State University, physical therapy is an effective treatment for stroke patients when provided in conjunction with mental practice—or the mental rehearsal of a motor action without an overt action. Throughout the study, researchers found that patients’ sensation and motor function scores were significantly higher when they participated in physical therapy and mental practice during the same treatment period. “One of these treatments is really intense physical therapy, but some people can't move at all,” said Dr. Andrew Butler. “We found in our data that if they just think about moving, it keeps the neurons active right around the area that died in the brain.” Find out more about this study here.


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    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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    Awkward Positions May Trigger Low Back Pain New research published in Arthritis Care & Research reveals that individuals who perform manual tasks involving awkward body positions are eight times more likely to suffer low back pain. The study also notes that individuals who performed the tasks while fatigued or distracted were at a greater risk for acute back pain. Manuela Ferreira, Ph.D., who conducted the study, hopes this new research will help prevent the onset of low …

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    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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