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 drug and those who received the placebo. Doctors argue that this study shouldn’t discourage medical professionals from prescribing Prednisone, but practitioners should take this research into account as they consider patient treatment options. One option we suggest? #GetPT.

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3D-Printing Technique May Benefit Patients Needing Joint Repair

According to a news release from Tenische Universität München (TUM), a combination of 3D-printed microfiber scaffolding and hydrogels may be the key to soft-tissue reconstruction. A new 3D-printing technique called Melt electrospinning writing—which simultaneously provides mechanical stiffness and room for cell growth—played a major role in this development. Researchers are hopeful that this new technique will facilitate soft-tissue reconstruction for not only joint repair, but also a variety of other procedures, including breast reconstruction for post-tumor mastectomies. Find out more about this 3D-printing technique here.


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    This Week in PT News, August 29

    National School Backpack Awareness Day It’s that time of year again! On September 17, the American Occupational Therapy Association will host its annual National School Backpack Awareness Day. Did you know that a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10% of his or her body weight? Click here to get some tips on packing and carrying backpacks and to learn how you can host your own backpack weigh-in event. Arthroscopic Knee Surgery: Why it May Not …

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    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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    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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    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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    Why PTs Must Embrace Change—and How They Can Do It

    As the chief clinical officer and lead physical therapist for a digital healthcare company, I have the privilege of regularly speaking to my fellow PTs regarding the trends in physical therapy and overarching healthcare changes that impact our profession most. While it’s always a pleasure to talk shop with my peers, I will attest that many of these conversations leave me a bit concerned. As the healthcare industry reshapes its infrastructure to pave the way for more …

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    This Week in PT News, April 10

    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 …

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    Future-Proofing Your Practice: Diversifying Revenue Streams

    What does it take to future-proof your practice? In this guide, we’ll talk about how you can incorporate health and wellness services to diversify your practice’s revenue streams and boost your bottom line. Ready to prepare your practice for the age of payment reform? Enter your email address below to download Future-Proofing Your Practice, Volume 3.

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    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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    3 Emerging Trends in OT Telehealth and Technology

    If you’ve been to Ascend —or any business-related rehab therapy event—you’ve certainly heard this common complaint: “There are so many patients who would benefit from OT, PT, and SLP—but they aren't making it into our clinics.” To make matters worse, we therapy professionals aren't very good at retaining the patients who do come to see us. And, of the few patients who complete an entire course of therapy, many don’t comply with their home exercise programs (HEPs) …

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