• This Week in PT News, April 24 Image

    articleApr 24, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 24

    Texas Bill Could Move PTs Closer to Total Direct Access 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. However, many professional …

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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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    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 3, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 3

    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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    articleMar 27, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 27

    House Passes SGR Fix, Extends Therapy Cap On March 26, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the sustainable growth rate used to calculate doctors’ payments from Medicare. Unfortunately, this bill only includes a two-year extension of the therapy cap exceptions process rather than a full repeal of the cap. The bill is is expected to pass the Senate—and quickly—before Congress recesses early next week. Read more about this bill and how it …

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    articleMar 20, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 20

    Referral to Physical Therapy Instead of Imaging Leads to Lower Cost, Fewer Surgeries A new study shows that referral to physical therapy—instead of advanced imaging—in the treatment of lower back pain is more cost effective and results in fewer surgeries. Researchers involved with the study analyzed records for 841 individuals who consulted a primary care physician for lower back pain and were subsequently referred to either physical therapy or advanced imaging services. The study, which spanned six …

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    articleMar 13, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 13

    Exercise May Boost Mobility in Old Age According to researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, daily physical activity may protect motor function from deteriorating due to age-related brain damage. The study found that participants—even those showing high levels of brain damage—who exercised the most maintained their scores on movement tests. Participants with brain damage who exercised less had lower scores on the same movement tests. Dr. Sam Gandy, professor and associate director of the Mount …

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    articleMar 6, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, March 6

    Pain Management Education Deemed Inadequate in Many PT Programs According to a recent study published in The Journal of Pain , only about 6 of every 10 respondents in a recent survey believe that today’s physical therapy students receive enough instruction in pain management. The authors involved in the study noted that this is an improvement compared to the results of a 2001 survey, but today’s students still need more training in pain management. “Ensuring that PT …

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    articleFeb 27, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 27

    PTs Receive Millions in Funding for Outcomes Research Five APTA members recently received $64.1 million in funding thanks to the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pragmatic Clinical Funding Initiative . Researchers will use these funds to conduct comparative effectiveness research studies that will help fill critical evidence gaps as well as produce results PTs can use in clinical practice. Find out more about this groundbreaking initiative and what it means for physical therapists here . Reintroduced …

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    articleFeb 20, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, February 20

    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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