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 the hashtag #GetPT.

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Experts: Walking is the Superfood of Fitness

According to scientist and author Katy Bowman, walking should be considered a “movement nutrient”—or, essentially, the superfood of fitness. Many recent studies have reiterated the importance of walking, even if it’s just short increments throughout the day. Find out more about why walking is so essential to good health here.

Appropriate Exercise Therapy May Alleviate Hip Osteoarthritis Symptoms

According to a new study, appropriate exercise therapy may reduce hip osteoarthritis symptoms and delay progression of the disease. Patients who participated in the study experienced more joint mobility and less pain after completing a 12-week exercise program. So, while there is no cure for hip osteoarthritis, patients who #GetPT see an improvement in their symptoms.


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  • This Week in PT News, September 19 Image

    articleSep 19, 2014 | 1 min. read

    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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    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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    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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    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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    articleApr 10, 2015 | 1 min. read

    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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    articleApr 17, 2015 | 2 min. read

    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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    articleSep 12, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, September 12

    People Worldwide Celebrate Physical Therapy   On September 8, physical therapists around the world observed World PT Day by celebrating the value of physical therapy. To help PTs get the word out on social media, we started a campaign that allowed physical therapists to tweet about their profession—and the response was amazing. We hope physical therapists continue to tell the world about physical therapy every single day—and not limit themselves to singing the praises of PT just …

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    articleNov 14, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, November 14

    Low Birth Weight Tied to Hip Replacement in Adulthood According to a new study, infants born prematurely or with low birth weight may have a higher risk of needing hip replacements due to osteoarthritis in adulthood. After accounting for other factors––like height and age––researchers found that low birth weight increased the risk by 250%. Doctors believe this is because low birth weight may result in abnormal hip development. Find out more about this study here . Falls …

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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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