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

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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