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Exhibitors: Just 1 week left before the SCAPTA Annual Conference
SCAPTA
Have you provided us with your exhibitor form? There is still time to become an exhibitor at the 2013 SCAPTA Annual Conference, May 3-5 in Myrtle Beach. Becoming a conference sponsor signifies you are committed to developing your brand recognition to physical therapy educators and practitioners. Sponsorship of the South Carolina Annual Conference provides your company with a cost-effective, value-added opportunity.
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PAC Event
SCAPTA
It's time to release your inner rockstar. Come join your fellow therapists for wings, beer and what is to surely be memorable karaoke for a special PAC event at BUMMZ Beachfront Cafe during the SCAPTA Conference on Saturday, May 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brush up on your lyrical mastery and get ready to impress! The cost is $40 for PTs and PTAs and $20 for students.
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MUSC Stroke Awareness Event
Medical University of South Carolina
The MUSC Stroke Awareness Event will be held on May 4, at the Charleston Marriott. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Educational presentations will include recovering from stroke, dealing with the emotional and social aspects of stroke and lifestyle changes and medications for stroke prevention. Space is limited.
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Continuing education courses available
SCAPTA
Take advantage of several continuing education courses currently being offered. There are a variety of courses open to PTs, PTAs, students PTs and PTAs, OTs, administrators, and non-physical therapists. All offer contact hours or CEUs.
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Exhibitors: Just 1 week left before the SCAPTA Annual Conference
SCAPTA
Have you provided us with your exhibitor form? There is still time to become an exhibitor at the 2013 SCAPTA Annual Conference, May 3-5 in Myrtle Beach. Becoming a conference sponsor signifies you are committed to developing your brand recognition to physical therapy educators and practitioners. Sponsorship of the South Carolina Annual Conference provides your company with a cost-effective, value-added opportunity.

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Finding the business niche for your private physical therapy practice
PutMeBackTogether.com
Defining a business niche of your own is just as important for a private physical therapy practice as it is for any business. The challenge is finding the right niche to fit your skills, experience and needs of patients. Not sure where to get started? Follow these tips.

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J11 Medical Affairs Department revises the Outpatient Physical Therapy Coverage Determination
Palmetto GBA
Under CMS National Coverage Policy removed the following two citations: CMS Internet-Only Manual, Pub 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 8, §§20.4.5, 20.5 and CMS Manual System, Pub 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy, Transmittal 163, dated November 30, 2012, Change Request 8005. Added the following citations: CMS Manual System, Pub 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 5, §§20.B as the section changed to 20.1 and CMS Manual System, Pub 100-04, Medicare Benefit Policy, Transmittal 2622, dated December 21, 2012, Change Request 8005.

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Kaiser: Weak economy is biggest cause of slow growth in health spending
PT in Motion
The nation's recent recession, far more than changes in the healthcare system, is the main cause of slow growth in healthcare spending, says a new study commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation and conducted by the Altarum Institute. Some 77 percent of the recent decline in healthcare spending can be attributed to broader changes in the economy, Kaiser says, with structural changes in the healthcare system "playing a modest role."
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Looking beyond massage for cervical muscular tension
By Heidi Mills
The purpose of this article is to address the current culture of using massage alone to treat postural-pain conditions in the cervical and upper thoracic regions. A good, deep tissue or sports massage may be beneficial in easing muscle tension and its associated side effects on a short-term basis, but in reality the pain will soon return when the client goes back to his or her normal movement patterns and positions. The job of the athletic trainer or therapist should instead be to determine the cause, educate the patient and help him or her take control of and correct the underlying cause of pain.
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The benefits of Pilates exercises as physical therapy and rehabilitation
PutMeBackTogether.com
Pilates exercises emphasize the concepts of core strength and stabilization. Pilates-based physical therapy blends Joseph Pilates' methods with the application of physical therapy techniques. The benefits of Pilates-based physical therapy are remarkable. Some of the same concepts that form the basis of most therapy programs are found in the main principle of the Pilates method such as posture, muscle performance and motor control. In physical therapy, the Pilates exercises are modified to tailor the needs of each patient.
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Specialists see tools to treat pain in video games
The New York Times
Fifteen-year-old Reilly woke up one morning with a sharp, stabbing pain in his left leg that soon spread to other parts of his body. Diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome, Reilly's doctors and physical therapists incorporated playing a video game called TubeRunner as part of his physical therapy routine. The sight of the teenager reaching in the air and shuffling from side to side as his on-screen avatar hurled down an intergalactic tube racking up rings and gems seemed unremarkable. After all, game consoles like Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's Wii have become ubiquitous in American households, and many hospitals and clinics use them to add an element of fun to physical therapy.
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