• This Week in PT News, November 21 Image

    articleNov 21, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, November 21

    Staring at Your Smartphone May Lead to Spine Problems It’s no secret that tilting your head to stare at your phone isn’t good for your spine, but according to researchers from the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, that second look at your selfie adds an extra 60 pounds of pressure on your cervical spine. That pressure can lead to poor posture as well as a host of other problems, including chronic neck and back pain. …

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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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    articleNov 7, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, November 7

    New Research: Smokers More Prone to Chronic Back Pain Many studies have suggested a link between smoking and low back pain, but new research out of Northwestern University shows that smoking interferes with a specific circuit associated with pain. Participants involved in the study who gave up smoking for a set time period noted a significant decrease in their pain level after quitting. Read more about how quitting smoking can alleviate chronic back pain here . Vibrating …

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    articleOct 31, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, October 31

    Improved Cognitive Function not Dependent on Exercise Type A new study published in AGE (the official journal of the American Aging Association) revealed that all physical activity—regardless of the type of exercise—improves cognitive function. This research is a breakthrough in the PT and OT world, as many people assume they will only benefit from strength training or aerobic exercise. “I would like seniors to remember that they have the power to improve their physical and cognitive health …

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    articleOct 24, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, October 24

    Nose Cells Help Paralyzed Man Walk Again A paralyzed man who suffered a spinal cord injury is beginning to walk again thanks to a groundbreaking procedure: doctors transplanted the cells responsible for the sense of smell onto the man’s spinal cord. Three months after the surgery, the patient’s left thigh muscle began to grow. Eventually, with the help of his physical therapist, he started to walk with leg braces. Doctors involved with the procedure hope that in …

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    articleOct 17, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, October 17

    Exercise Therapy Outperforms Surgery for Patients with Meniscal Tears 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 . Physical Therapy Key to …

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    articleOct 10, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, October 10

    Increased Muscle Mass Associated with Longer Life According to a new study out of UCLA, the more muscle mass a person has, the less likely he or she is to die prematurely. This is one of many recent studies suggesting that overall body composition—not just body mass index (BMI)—determines a person’s health. One way to increase muscle mass as you age is to enroll in an exercise therapy program and #GetPT. Physical Therapy Before Joint Replacement Surgery …

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    articleOct 3, 2014 | 2 min. read

    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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    articleSep 26, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, September 26

    PTs Sharpen Biz Skills at Inaugural Ascend Event 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. Overall, everyone had a blast, and all of us at WebPT are already looking forward to next …

  • 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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