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This Week in PT News, June 19

Every year in the US alone, surgeons perform more than 700,000 knee arthroscopies—a procedure meant to relieve pain associated with a meniscal tear. However, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), this common surgery could be causing far more harm than good.

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This Week in PT News, June 12

According to NPR, California acupuncturist Esther Gokhale recently conducted an investigation into the factors that might explain why some indigenous cultures don’t experience low back pain. Like 75% of Americans, Gokhale has experienced back pain, and she wasn’t convinced Western medicine could cure her ailment.

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This Week in PT News, June 5

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%.

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This Week in PT News, May 29

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.

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This Week in PT News, May 22

A new study has revealed that men are less likely than women to undergo screenings for osteoporosis, leaving millions of American men at-risk and untested. Of the more than 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis, up to 2 million of those are men. Moreover, men make up 8 to 13 million of the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, which often is a precursor to osteoporosis.

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This Week in PT News, May 15

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.”

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This Week in PT News, May 8

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.

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This Week in PT News, May 1

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.

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This Week in PT News, April 24

A new bill in Texas could eliminate the need for a patient to obtain a doctor’s referral prior to receiving physical therapy services. House Bill 1263—which just passed the public health committee this week—gives physical therapists the green light to provide treatment for 45 days (or 20 visits) without a physician’s diagnosis. If enacted, this law would be great news for PTs in Texas.

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This Week in PT News, April 17

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.

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This Week In PT News, April 10

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.

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