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Study: Early Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Associated With Lower Imaging Rates, Opioid Prescriptions, and Overall Cost

Dec 04, 2018 / Review

Researchers have identified an association between early consultation with a PT and lower rates of opioid prescription, imaging, and injections.

Study: Clinic Ball Pits Carry Bacterial Risks

Dec 03, 2018 / Review

Children's ball pits often found in fast food restaurants are the stuff of a germaphobe's nightmares. Now it turns out that if not properly maintained, ball pits in physical therapy clinics are capable of inducing shudders too.

Study: Falls Among US Adults 65 and Older Cost $50 Billion in 2015

Mar 09, 2018 / Review

The US health care system spent an estimated $50 billion on falls in 2015 -- 6% of all Medicare payments and 8% of all Medicaid payments.

From PTJ: Insights From Italy on the PT's Role During and After COVID-19 Infection

Apr 13, 2020 / Review

What role can physical therapists play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and how can that best be accomplished?

PTJ: New CPG Supported by APTA Provides Guidance on PT Treatment of Individuals With Heart Failure

Feb 05, 2020 / Review

Nine evidence-based action statements for the evaluation and management of patients with heart failure and two algorithms for clinical decision making.

Study: Home Health Physical Therapy Improves Abilities of Individuals With Dementia

Jan 28, 2020 / Review

No physical therapy was linked to a 60% probability of ADL improvement; probability rose to 75% for patients receiving any physical therapy.

New APTA-Supported CPG Looks at Best Ways to Improve Walking Speed, Distance for Individuals After Stroke, Brain Injury, and Incomplete SCI

Jan 07, 2020 / Review

Aerobic walking training and virtual reality treadmill training are the interventions most strongly tied to improvements.

Just Taking a Walk Can Extend Your Life, Say Researchers

Oct 30, 2017 / Review

Researchers found that even a small amount of walking had an impact on health.

Review: Sport Specialization at an Early Age Can Increase Injury Risk

Nov 14, 2017 / Review

Parents and coaches need to be educated on the risks and signs of overuse injuries common in children who specialize in a single sport at a young age, say authors of a recent research review published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Surgery, they concur, should not be the first-line treatment

Study: For Individuals With Knee OA, 3 Tests Can Predict Ability to Walk 6k Steps a Day

Nov 08, 2017 / Review

Referral to rehabilitation may be of benefit to those with or at risk of knee OA not meeting one or more of these physical function thresholds.

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