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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, March 2018

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    James Lewis, PT, MS, outlines the do's and don'ts of fitness apps. (Dallas News)

    Widener University PT student Jackie Krempasky, SPT, received a unique opportunity to put her clinical skills to use. (Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Daily Times)

    Ashley Hubregtse, PT, DPT, ATC, discusses the careful approach necessary in helping injured student athletes return to play. (KSFY News, Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

    "I, like many Olympians, have learned the value of a physical therapist. After surgery, to avoid it, or to help strengthen an area of the body and relieve pain, they are worth their weight in gold. The process is painful at first, but yields valuable gains from the pain. The healing process reveals strength, helps to mend, lessens soreness, and gives patients the ability to meet their goals – whatever they may be." –Opinion piece by Beth Willis Tedio (Tallahassee, Florida, Democrat)

    Jessie Fisher, PT, MPT, explains the differences between acupuncture and dry needling. (Reno, Nevada, Gazette Journal)

    Want stronger ankles? Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, shares tips. (Spartan)

    “We really push physical therapy prior to surgery, as well as strengthening prior to chemotherapy. We want to optimize physical function, so we’ll do exercises that focus on endurance, gait, balance and strengthening. Physical therapy is quite important.” --Ekta Gupta, MD, assistant professor of palliative, rehabilitation and integrative medicine in the Division of Cancer Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, on the role of physical therapy in cancer treatment. ("Let's Get Physical," curetoday.com)

    A. Lynn Millar PT, PhD, suggests questions patients should ask their physical therapists. (Outside)

    Luke O'Brien, PT, offers advice on exercises to help avoid knee pain. (Men's Health)

    Andwele Jolly, PT, DPT, MBA, MHA, has received a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. (Eisenhower Fellowship newsletter)

    "… it's such a vexing issue for anyone who treats chronic pain. Some of the treatments that have been proven more effective, and safer, and have better outcomes, such as physical therapy, may have a $20 to $40 copay for each visit, versus an opioid, which might have a $5 copay for an entire month's supply. So it's a huge problem that insurance companies…need to contend with across the country. There are all sorts of hidden additional costs with prescribing an opioid, and in the long run, it may be that using these nonopioid approaches, like physical therapy, and other medications, really provides the best improvement in chronic pain but also lowers costs. -Ajay Wasan, MD, professor and vice chair for pain medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("Questions and Answers About Opioids and Chronic Pain," National Public Radio)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

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