Manual physical therapy provided
benefits over usual care that were sustained to 1 year for patients with
osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, say authors of an article published online
in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Exercise
physical therapy also provided physical performance benefits over usual care.
There was no added benefit from a combination of the 2 therapies.
In this 2x2 factorial randomized
controlled trial conducted in New Zealand, 206 adults (mean age 66 years) who
met the American College of Rheumatology criteria for hip or knee
osteoarthritis were allocated to receive manual physical therapy (n=54),
multimodal exercise physical therapy (n=51), combined exercise and manual
physical therapy (n=50), or no trial physical therapy (n=51). The primary
outcome was change in the Western Ontario and McMaster osteoarthritis index
(WOMAC) after 1 year. Secondary outcomes included physical performance tests.
Outcome assessors were blinded to group allocation.
Of 206 participants recruited, 193
(93.2%) were retained at follow-up. Mean (SD) baseline WOMAC score was 100.8
(53.8) on a scale of 0 to 240. Intention-to-treat analysis showed adjusted
reductions in WOMAC scores at 1 year compared with the usual care group of 28.5
for usual care plus manual therapy, 16.4 for usual care plus exercise therapy,
and 14.5 for usual care plus combined exercise therapy and manual therapy. There
was an antagonistic interaction between exercise therapy and manual therapy.
Physical performance test outcomes favored the exercise therapy group.
private and governmental payers continue to ramp up efforts to curb fraud and
abuse, physical therapists are facing more audits of their services. APTA
recently published FAQs on audits that identifies
strategies to prepare for and respond to private insurance audits. The FAQ document
also identifies additional resources available through APTA, including APTA's Medicare Claims Audits webpage, and
has released a statement
commending the final report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Medical Rehabilitation
Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The association supports the
panel's call for the development and implementation of a NIH rehabilitation research
plan that is periodically updated, elevation of the role of the National Center
for Rehabilitation Research within NIH's structure, and the elimination of "Medical"
from the name of the center to better reflect the inclusive and
multidisciplinary nature of rehabilitation, among other recommendations.
members Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, served on the 13-member panel.
The panel, formed in August 2011, was charged with assessing rehabilitation
research across NIH while focusing on the National Center for Medical
congratulates the following association members for their winning entries to
the 2012 photo contest: Jan Black, PT,
MSPT, first place; Megan Herrman, PT,
and Gayati Mathur, PT, second place;
and Bob Wellmon, PT, PhD, NSC, third
place. Black will receive $500. Herman and Mathur will receive a total of $250.
Wellmon also will receive $250.
therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students submitted 73 entries to
the contest. The 3 winning photos and 5 honorable mentions are available at www.apta.org/PhotoContest/. They also will be displayed at association headquarters and may appear
in APTA's online or print publications.
Submissions to the contest were
judged on how well they:
Information on the 2013 photo contest will be
available February 1 on APTA's website.
a part of this important time in the history of your profession and join us April
14-16 for the 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum. At the event, you will hear from
decision makers on Capitol Hill, learn to effectively communicate with your
elected officials, receive an update on the legislative and regulatory issues
affecting the physical therapy profession, and lobby your members of Congress
on behalf of your profession.
programming for the 2013 Federal Advocacy Forum will begin on Sunday, April 14,
with an evening reception. Monday, April 15, will be dedicated to advocacy
programming and preparation for your hill visits. The event will conclude with
the opportunity for you to take your message directly to your members of
Congress on April 16.
number of CEUs earned for this event is pending. To claim CEU credit, you must
attend the live event and complete the online posttest with at least 70%
accuracy. The online posttest will be available on APTA's Learning Center by April 16.
a full agenda and more information, visit www.apta.org/FederalForum. APTA encourages
you to get the word out to your friends and colleagues and bring someone with
you to the event. Register now and bring your
voice to Capitol Hill on behalf of your profession.
Magistro Family Foundation recently bestowed a gift of $500,000 to support the
Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund.
was created in 1998 to support relevant clinical research that evaluates the
effectiveness of interventions most commonly delivered by physical therapists.
forward, the fund will support health policy research. This most recent gift to
the Foundation for Physical Therapy includes support for the campaign to
establish a Center of Excellence for Health Policy Research.
this donation, the Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund now exceeds $2
million and will continue to provide vital grant funding well into the future.
view the news release, click here.
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