PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE STRENGTH TRAINING

Progressive resistance strength training (PRT) is an effective intervention for improving physical functioning in older people, including improving strength and the performance of some activities, according to authors of a systematic review published July 8 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Researchers searched the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group Specialized Register (to…

EXERCISE AFTER LOW BACK SURGERY

Exercise programs starting 4 to 6 weeks postsurgery in adults after first-time lumbar disc surgery seem to lead to a faster decrease in pain and disability than no treatment, and high-intensity exercise programs seem to lead to a faster decrease in pain and disability than low-intensity programs, say authors of a systematic review published in…

TRAINING THE BRAIN MAY HELP PREVENT ACL INJURIES

New research shows that training the brain may be just as effective as training muscles in preventing ACL knee injuries, and suggests a shift from performance-based to prevention-based athletic training programs, say researchers at the University of Michigan. In studying ACL injuries, researchers had participants perform one-legged squats to fatigue, then tested the reactions to various jumping…

BREAST CANCER & WEIGHT TRAINING

In breast cancer survivors with lymphedema, slowly progressive weight lifting had no significant effect on limb swelling and resulted in a decreased flare-ups of lymphedema, reduced symptoms, and increased strength, say authors of a study published in the August 13 (Vol 361 Number 7) issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers performed research…

EXERCISE 1 – 4 YEARS AFTER KNEE REPLACEMENT

An increase in muscle size and strength and an improvement in levels of mobility can occur after 12 weeks of resistance exercise in older individuals 1 to 4 years after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), say authors of study published in the June issue (Vol 467 Issue 6) of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. APTA members…

EXERCISE HELPS KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

Research published in the June issue (Vol 36 Issue 6) of the Journal of Rheumatology reports that there is evidence that land-based therapeutic exercise has at least short-term benefit in terms of reduced knee pain and physical disability for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The magnitude of the treatment effect was significantly associated with the…

APTA SUBMITS STATEMENT ON POPTS

Yesterday [October 8 2009] APTA spoke during the public comment period at a MedPAC meeting during which MedPAC explored whether the in-office ancillary services exception to the Stark II physician self-referral law should be modified. MedPAC expressed concerns with the increase in imaging, pathology, therapy, and other services in physician offices, and discussed specific approaches…

PT FOR CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

A semi-hard cervical collar and rest for 3 to 6 weeks or physical therapy accompanied by home exercises for 6 weeks reduced neck and arm pain substantially compared with a wait-and-see policy in the early phase of cervical radiculopathy, say authors of an article published October 7 in BMJ. This research was conducted in neurology…