Regardless of a patient’s physical condition, he or she can use vibration plates to support neuromuscular performance. Through proprioceptive stimulation, patients can benefit from restored joint, ligament, muscle, and fascia function. Patients also can use vibration plates as a mechanism to reduce inflammation.
A new study published in the Physical Therapy Journal (PTJ) revealed that regular exercise programs reduce low back pain episodes in children between the ages of 8 and 11. Over the course of the study, researchers noted that children who received instruction about spine health and incorporated spine exercises into their daily routines experienced fewer low back pain episodes than those who only received education.
A new study published in a Northern Arizona University news release claims that even one exercise session may help the body overcome stressors by boosting the antioxidant system. Researchers hope this study—paired with ongoing research—will help them identify the point in cellular processes at which age-related change happens. To find out more about this study, click here.
A new study suggests a link between a common knee surgery and arthritis. Researchers found that all of the participants who had surgery to repair meniscal tears developed arthritis within one year. The study’s author—Dr. Frank Roemer—suggests meniscal surgery can cause more harm than good when it comes to the long-term health of the joint.
A new study published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica reveals that structured exercise reduces depressive symptoms and has a positive effect on those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers hope this new information will change the course of treatment for people with PTSD to include an exercise program. Find out more about the study here.
A new research study out of Denmark says that for patients with meniscal tears, exercise therapy can restore key functionality that arthroscopic surgery can’t. Study participants who treated their meniscal tears with an exercise therapy program experienced 16% more improvement than participants who underwent arthroscopic surgery. This represents the latest study reinforcing that you should #GetPT before considering surgery. Check it out here.
Last weekend, WebPT held its inaugural Ascend conference in Dallas, where more than 100 attendees learned a variety of tips and tricks from industry experts on how to start or run a physical therapy private practice. The folks from AlterG were also on hand to give demos of their groundbreaking anti-gravity treadmill.
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.
UnitedHealthcare announced on Monday that it is delaying its plan to implement functional limitation reporting (FLR) for physical therapy. In May, UnitedHealthcare announced that it would require FLR starting in August 2014. Since announcing the delay, the carrier has not released a new implementation date. Read more about the delay here.
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.
On Monday, July 21, the APTA announced that they have sent a letter to UnitedHealthcare urging the carrier to halt plans to implement functional reporting on August 1, 2014. The APTA argues this move is ill-advised due to the burden it will create for therapists and lack of data regarding the effectiveness of functional limitation reporting. Read more on the APTA’s stance on UnitedHealthcare’s decision here