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  • New at PTNow: THA Summary, Pain Resources, Clinical Case Studies, More

    From nonopioid pain treatment approaches to finding the most effective way to integrate into bundled payment systems, physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have a lot to juggle. The latest additions to APTA's PTNow website make that juggling just a little easier.

    The association's flagship site for evidence-based practice resources continues to expand in ways that help PTs and PTAs easily find the information they need. If you haven't visited the site lately, check it out soon. New resources include:

    Total hip arthroplasty (THA) clinical summary with "quick take" feature
    A timely addition now that Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model is up and running in metropolitan areas across the country, the summary provides information on PT management of patients undergoing THA, including tests and measures, functional outcomes, exercise and gait training measures, associated conditions such as deep venous thrombosis and infection, and more. A quick take feature allows users to easily access just those sections they need at the moment, and additional links on the page connect the summary with other APTA resources, including consumer-focused materials available at MoveForwardPT.com.

    Pain management resources that include #ChoosePT, CDC, and multiple clinical practice guidelines (CPGs)
    The new PTNow pain management area is an impressive 1-stop shop for an area of health care that is increasingly turning to physical therapy for answers. Offerings on the page include everything from links to the #ChoosePT public education campaign to more than 25 CPGs and 40 Cochrane systematic reviews, plus tests and measures related to osteoarthritis, low back pain, and fibromyalgia.

    New clinical case studies on spinal cord injury (SCI) and both early and late Huntington disease
    The new SCI case tracks a 55-year-old male outpatient with an incomplete C5 SCI and limited insurance coverage. Readers can follow the initial examination and results, functional outcome measures, interventions, and outcomes at conclusion of care. The Huntington disease case studies track care in 2 distinct scenarios—early and late stages of the condition.

    New pediatric and balance tests and measures
    Tests and measures recently added include resources on assessing balance, measuring children's participation in and attitudes about leisure and recreational physical activities, and conducting a pediatric evaluation of disability inventory.

    PTNow is available for free only to APTA members.

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