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  • Microchips That Reprogram Cells, 'Superglam' Physical Therapy, and Powow Sweat: Highlights From 'Making the Rounds'

    This year, PT in Motion News added a new section to the weekly news blast to members—"Making the Rounds," a collection of interesting reads for the profession from across the Internet. The collections tend to have a wide focus and include articles on everything from exercise to health care policy. Some articles are more technical; others shine a light on how exercise, mobility, and physical therapy are being portrayed in the popular media.

    In honor of "Listember" week at PT in Motion News, here's a collection of some of the more interesting stories that have been featured in "Making the Rounds" over the past few months:

    When the prescription is a recipe
    There's a growing trend among doctors and medical groups to move beyond simply recommending healthy diets and toward helping patients learn how to prepare meals.

    Everything we know about treating tendon injuries is wrong
    From Outside magazine: "After most MCL and ACL surgeries, doctors focus on treating and rehabbing the soft-tissue, while almost completely ignoring motor patterns and biomechanics.

    Islamic prayer has been found to reduce back pain and increase joint elasticity
    The postures used during prayer can be beneficial—but only if they're done properly.

    Pokemon Go players walk an extra 2,000 steps daily, study says
    The American Heart Association says the game is getting people moving.

    Scientists unveil a possible new way of healing wounds in the future
    A microchip placed on a wound delivers signals that reprogram living skin cells to convert them into specific kinds of cells that can aid in healing.

    Can patients make recordings of medical encounters? What does the law say?
    It's complicated, according to the authors of this article in JAMA.

    Fitness pros have a dirty little secret: chronic pain
    Personal trainers are susceptible to overuse injuries.

    Teens get as much physical activity as 60-year-olds, study shows
    Researchers were expecting bad news, but not that bad.

    Knee patients spending millions on wasted treatments, study finds
    In an effort to avoid surgery, patients and their insurance companies are spending millions on ineffective treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections—and not seeking physical therapy, which actually does help.

    "Powow Sweat" promotes fitness through traditional dance
    The Coeur D'Akebe tribe has created an exercise routine—called "Powwow Sweat"—based on traditional dancing.

    How Hollywood is making physical therapy super glam
    From InStyle: "This once daunting pain management therapy reserved for those recovering from surgery or injury has shifted its place in the wellness space, becoming a hot new addition to celebrities’ workout routines, whether they are injured or not."

    She thought she’d pulled hip muscles, but six doctors couldn’t diagnose her pain
    It took a PT to figure out what was going on.

    PT, PTA Students Use 'Flash Action' Against the Therapy Cap

    A physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) student-led "flash action strategy" (FAS) held last week was all about stopping the Medicare therapy cap.

    And once again, students showed how enthusiasm for the profession can make a real difference.

    In the middle of packed semesters, students from dozens of schools across the country participated in a nationwide effort to press for repeal of the therapy cap. Primarily using social media, participants concentrated their efforts during a 48-hour window of intense messaging, September 12-13. Between an early alert on September 11 and some final action the morning of September 14, more than 10,000 emails, letters, faxes, and phone calls went out to members of Congress via APTA's Legislative Action Center and Patient Action Center. The latter, where consumers can contact their members of Congress, saw a nice uptick in registrations during the FAS, largely thanks to APTA members encouraging nonmember colleagues, family, friends, and patients to participate.

    Even though the FAS is over, APTA still needs members' efforts toward repeal of the therapy cap by year-end. That's when the latest extension of the exceptions processes expires, and the hard cap on Medicare payment for outpatient physical therapy services will be implemented. The Medicare Therapy Cap webpage explains how to email and meet with legislators, download the APTA Action app, and join the APTA PTeam to receive updates and alerts.

    PT and PTA students will bring their energy and excitement to the upcoming APTA National Student Conclave , set for October 19-21 in Portland, Oregon.