29 Dec

MOVE FORWARD

PHYSICAL THERAPY BRINGS MOTION TO LIFE You’ve heard about physical therapists, but what can they bring to your life? A physical therapist can help you achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life without surgery or prescription medication. With their extensive education, physical therapists help you move forward so that you can get back to…

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29 Dec

BEST CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR FUSION

For patients who undergo spine surgery, an integrated program of preoperative lifestyle intervention and early rehabilitation is more cost-effective than a standard care program alone, says an article published in October 2008 on BMC Health Services Research. The aim of the study was to assess the quality of life and to estimate the cost-effectiveness of…

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29 Dec

IMMEDIATE IMAGING FOR LOW BACK PAIN DOESN’T IMPROVE OUTCOME

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: Using medical imaging on people who have low back pain that has no apparent underlying cause doesn’t improve clinical outcomes, says an article by US News & World Report based on a recent study in the Lancet. A systematic review of 6 RESEARCH STUDIES that included more than 1,800…

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29 Dec

PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE CAMARADERIE OF HEALING

THE NEW YORK TIMES: An article in Monday’s New York Times, titled “Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing,” captures the essence of the special relationship a physical therapist develops with his or her patient. Because the article describes the hands-on, intense nature of physical therapist treatment, there could be some who find the article…

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29 Dec

PHYSICAL THERAPY EFFECTIVE VS. ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE: A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  The study found…

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29 Dec

AQUATIC PT HELPFUL

Compared with no intervention, a 6-week program of aquatic physical therapy resulted in significantly less pain and improved physical function, strength, and quality of life. 71 volunteers with symptomatic hip or knee osteoarthritis participated in a study to either receive 6 weeks of aquatic physical therapy or no aquatic physical therapy.  The group that received…

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29 Dec

PT EFFECTIVE FOR MANAGEMENT OF LOW BACK PAIN

Physical Therapy reported as ‘cornerstone’ of non-surgical treatment, as reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons A new review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons should help convince many patients with low back pain to consider physical therapy first, according to Cindy Knight, PTMSOCS, partner…

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29 Dec

WEIGHT LOSS MAY TAKE 250 MINUTES OF EXERCISE

Recommendations Call for 250 Minutes of Physical Activity a Week for Significant Weight Loss, 150 Minutes a Week to Maintain Weight You may need to block out more time for the gym.  Adults need at least 250 minutes per week – equal to 50 minutes of exercise 5 days a week – to lose significant…

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29 Dec

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE SLEEP?

While many of us think of sleep as a largely forgotten stretch of time when nothing happens, sleep is, neurologically speaking at least, a busy time indeed. Although sleep’s importance is inarguable, scientists do not know exactly why it is so important to our survival. What happens when we sleep? Scientists recognize sleep stages by…

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29 Dec

DIRECT ACCESS TO PT FOR PATIENTS

In Connecticut, a person can see a physical therapist without a referral from an MD [except for Medicare and Worker’s Compensation]. If you hurt your back cleaning the house over the weekend, do you  1. Call your doctor for an appointment? 2. Go to the local hospital Emergency Department? 3. Go to the medicine cabinet…

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