• This Week in PT News, September 12 Image

    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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    articleAug 22, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, August 22

    Physical Therapy Improves Outcomes for Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation A new study out of Belgium reveals that physical therapy can improve outcomes for patients with lumbar disc herniation when provided in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment plan. More than 75% of the patients who received physical therapy reported feeling “excellent” at the end of the study. Learn more about this research here . Fall Prevention is Key to Older Age Independence As reported in a recent …

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    articleAug 15, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, August 15

    Many Adolescents Suffer from Knee Pain for Several Years It’s very common for adolescents to experience “growing pains” in their knees; however, for some adolescents this pain can last for several years, according to a new study . If the knee pain is left untreated, it eventually could develop into knee osteoarthritis, says physical therapist Michael Skovdal Rathleff, PhD, of Aarhus University. The most effective treatment to combat knee pain and prevent knee osteoarthritis is to #GetPT. …

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    articleAug 8, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, August 8

    UnitedHealthcare Delays Requirement for Functional Limitation Reporting 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 . Physical Therapy and Corticosteroid Injections Offer Equal Relief from Shoulder Pain According to an article published in the …

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    articleAug 1, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, August 1

    New Study Finds Physical Therapy Speeds up Concussion Recovery 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. The patients with the combined program saw a 73% …

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    articleJul 18, 2014 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 18

    CMS Releases Proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2015. You can read highlights of the proposed rule and access a link to view the full version here . CMS will accept public comments on the rule until September 2, 2014, and the organization is expected to release the final fee schedule on or before November 1, 2014. ACL …

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    articleJul 11, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, July 11

    Women’s Soccer Named the Most ACL Injury-Prone Sport New research shows that women soccer players are eight times more likely to tear their ACLs than their male counterparts. The study also concludes that women’s soccer is the most ACL injury-prone sport. Physical therapists say the key to combating ACL injuries is education and prevention. It’s also just as important to #GetPT after an ACL tear in order to prevent another one from occurring. Occupational Therapy Key to …

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    articleJun 27, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 27

    New Smartphone Tool Could Prevent Falls Researchers from Purdue University recently created a portable smartphone tool that could help prevent falls. The device, called SmartGait, can measure a person’s gait length and speed, which are critical components when predicting falls. The research team believes this device will help not only with preventing falls, but also with mitigating the effects of balance disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Read more about this potentially groundbreaking tool here . Bad Posture While …

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    articleJun 20, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 20

    Doctors say Portuguese Soccer Star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Serious Risk for ACL Tear Cristiano Ronaldo has been advised not to continue playing in the World Cup by his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Noronha, who says he is at risk for tearing his ACL. Fans have also noticed a difference in Ronaldo as he has been shown limping and continually icing his knee since the start of the World Cup. If you were Ronaldo’s physical therapist, what advice would …

  • This Week in PT News, June 6 Image

    articleJun 6, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 6

    Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Surgeon Create Pitching App Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, recently created an app called Throw Like a Pro, which they specifically designed to prevent overuse injury in baseball players. This app not only offers tips and exercises for pitchers, but also calculates the amount of rest time they should have based on their age. Read more about this new app and how it …

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