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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Staring at Your Smartphone May Lead to Spine Problems It’s no secret that tilting your head to stare at your phone isn’t good for your spine, but according to researchers from the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, that second look at your selfie adds an extra 60 pounds of pressure on your cervical spine. That pressure can lead to poor posture as well as a host of other problems, including chronic neck and back pain. …

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    Improved Cognitive Function not Dependent on Exercise Type A new study published in AGE (the official journal of the American Aging Association) revealed that all physical activity—regardless of the type of exercise—improves cognitive function. This research is a breakthrough in the PT and OT world, as many people assume they will only benefit from strength training or aerobic exercise. “I would like seniors to remember that they have the power to improve their physical and cognitive health …

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    Physical Therapy Trumps Helmets in Skull Deformation Treatment A new study out of the Netherlands reveals that helmets aren’t effective in treating babies with “flat head” syndrome. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies with moderate to severe skull deformation #GetPT instead. Read the article here to find out why physical therapy is a more effective treatment option for this condition. Repetitive Stress Injuries on the Rise for Baristas As the demand for coffee increases, so …

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    Study: Young Concussion Patients Should Limit Rest A randomized trial published in Pediatrics shows that extended periods of rest for young adults with concussions may not be as beneficial as previously thought. The study found that participants aged 11 to 22 who suffered a concussion experienced more symptoms after five days of bed rest than those who only rested for one or two days. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the optimal amount of rest for young …

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    Exercise May Speed Recovery for Critically Ill Patients Several recent studies indicate that exercising critically ill patients while they are in the intensive care unit (ICU) could help them get out of the ICU quicker and with fewer complications. Known as the last frontier of physical therapy, bed rest has long been the go-to treatment for seriously ill patients. This new study suggests otherwise—especially when it comes to patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Researchers found …

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