A new APTA document provides highlights of the provisions in the 2013 proposed physician fee schedule rule that will affect physical therapy. Available to members on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule webpage, the document covers changes that will affect payments, data collection on function, new codes and updates to codes, changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System, claims and registry reporting, and more.
To offer a glimpse into how athletes prepare to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, APTA will host a 1-hour program on Move Forward Radio called "Reaching the Top of Your Game" on July 17, 7 pm-8 pm, ET.
Amber Donaldson, PT, DPT, M Physio (Manip), SCS, CSCS, manager of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will join other APTA members, including Scott Weiss, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, physical therapist for the US Sailing Team and owner of Bodhizone for Human Performance and Sports Physical Therapy based in New York City, and Denise Hutchins, PT, International Paralympic Committee Athletics Classifier and vice chair of Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, USA. People across the country can listen online and call in to the show to ask questions or submit them in advance via Twitter by tweeting @MoveForwardPT and using the hashtag #MoveForward.
Read APTA's press release for more information about the physical therapists who work with these elite athletes.
The handgrip strength (HGS) test might be an important correlate of health in breast cancer survivors, and could be recommended as an adjuvant method of evaluation, which may help with efficiency of clinical practice, say authors of an article published online ahead of print in American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In this cross-sectional study of 95 breast cancer survivors, researchers assessed outcomes for HGS; heart rate variability; pressure pain threshold of the neck, shoulder, hand, and tibia of the affected side; and fitness level (6-minute walk test, neck-shoulder mobility, vertical jump, sit-to-stand test, and trunk curl test). Participants completed the Fatigue Piper Scale and Profile of Mood States questionnaires and the neck-shoulder visual analog scale. Correlation was conducted to examine the relationship of HGS with pain, fitness, fatigue, and mood.
The authors observed a fair relationship of HGS with shoulder pain and a moderate to fair relationship with fitness (rho range, 0.24-0.56). The relationship between HGS and heart rate variability (high-frequency domain) was weak (rho=0.23). Likewise, the relationship between HGS and Profile of Mood States subscales ranged from weak to fair (rho range, -0.22 to -0.36). HGS showed a weak relationship with Fatigue Piper Scale (rho range, -0.28 to -0.35). Passive shoulder flexion, fatigue, and vertical jump were independent and significant predictors of HGS (R2 = 0.466).
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) invites comments from the physical therapy community regarding the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs scheduled for review at CAPTE's November 2012 meeting. Comments will be accepted until September 1.
A list of programs scheduled for review is available in this document. Information about how to provide comments is available on CAPTE's website.
Hear Terry Brady, PhD, senior behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discuss lessons learned from audience research from primary care practices on July 18,noon to 12:30 pm, ET. Hosted by the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) as part of its Lunch and Learn series, Brady's presentation will focus on how the research was conducted, the key findings, recommendations, and putting the findings into action. Dial-in information and Brady's Powerpoint are available in this invitation from OAAA.
APTA is a member of OAAA.
From 1991 through 2008 more than 159,000 children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 were treated in US emergency departments for track-related injuries, say researchers at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The annual number of track-related injuries increased 36% during the 18-year study period, increasing from 7,702 in 1991 to 10,496 in 2008.
According to the study, the most common injury diagnoses were sprains and/or strains (52%) and fractures or dislocations (17%). The study looked at 7 different track-related activities—sprinting, cross country, running, hurdles, relays, stretching and/or drills, and "other" activities. The most common activities being performed at the time of injury were running (59%) and hurdles (23%).
The most commonly injured body parts varied across activity and across age group. For instance, elementary students were more likely to sustain upper extremity injuries while high school students were more likely to sustain lower leg injuries.
"With this in mind, track-related injury prevention efforts may need to be tailored by activity for different age groups in order to most effectively address the injury concerns the athletes are facing,” said Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and senior author of the study.
Free, full-text of the study is available in The Physician and Sportsmedicine.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a new multidisciplinary research program focusing on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. Based in NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this collaborative effort will complement basic science and clinical research efforts of other ongoing intramural neuroscience, imaging, and mental and behavioral health research programs.
NIH has appointed Catherine Bushnell, PhD, an internationally recognized pain and neuroscience researcher, scientific director of the program. Under Bushnell, the program will continue to work toward the development of better ways to safely and more effectively treat chronic pain, and advance research on the intersection and integration of pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches.
Research projects will include investigating the role of the brain in pain processing and control, and how factors such as emotion, attention, environment, and genetics affect pain perception. The program also will explore how chronic pain produces changes in the brain that can modify how the brain reacts to pain medications such as opioids.