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The evolving field of physical therapy
As we all know, the profession of physical therapy is in a constant state of progression. As therapists, we naturally look at our patients through the lenses of what they could become. As I become more tuned in to other therapists, that character trait also translates to how we envision our profession. Since graduating in 2010 from Elon University, physical therapists now have direct access in all 50 states, changed our mission statement to include the whole patient, and continue to gain respect in the medical field as practitioners of choice. These are all great things, but there is still more work to be done!
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2015 Fred Hoover Sports Medicine Symposium by PlaySafe
The Madren Conference Center at Clemson University
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Second Annual Fred Hoover Sports Medicine Symposium is a multidisciplinary presentation covering the management of the running athlete. The symposium includes gait/running analysis, running biomechanics and the latest evidence on training progression in addition to running injury prevention, and surgical and conservative management of running injuries.
Save the Date for SCAPTA's Inaugural Moving Forward 5K Race
Held by the South Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) to celebrate October National Physical Therapy Month and benefitting SCAPTA and partial proceeds towards Charleston's Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE).
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
James Island County Park in Charleston, S.C.
Achieving Wheelchair Equality is a Charleston, S.C., organization that serves the wheelchair using community and mobility impaired population in order to become involved, productive members. They educate and increase awareness to others about accessible resources in our environment for those with mobility impairments whether it be with daily activities with peer support and direct services including building ramps or in participation in recreational activities such as the Lowcountry Wheelchair Sports including and not limited to basketball, tennis, racing with hand cycling, swimming, triathletes, and more!
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What went wrong? A case study of patient injury during physical therapy session
PT in Motion
A patient injures herself during a physical therapy session. What happens next?
The patient faces a longer recovery time, of course. And depending on the physical therapist's approach to risk management, the PT could be facing a potentially costly and career-damaging malpractice claim that might have been avoided. The latest case study now available from Healthcare Providers Service Organization recounts the story of a self-employed contract PT working at a rehabilitation facility.
New pact for Carolinas HealthCare, United Healthcare
Charlotte Business Journal
Carolinas HealthCare System and UnitedHealthcare have signed a new contract for all Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals, physicians and other entities in the Charlotte market.
That agreement is retroactive to March 1, which means nearly 80,000 patients enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and Medicare will not face out-of-network charges for the period while contract negotiations were underway.
Study: Injury prevention programs not seeing wide use in high schools
Physical Therapy Products
An Oregon State University study indicates that injury prevention programs are not being widely used in high schools. In a university news release, lead author Marc Norcross, assistant professor of exercise and sport science in OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences, states that researchers surveyed a total of 66 head soccer and basketball coaches from 15 Oregon high schools. They found 21 percent of the coaches were using an injury prevention program and less than 10 percent were using the program exactly as designed.
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Full voice: Physical therapy for vocal health
For many people, working out is a way of life. They're determined to keep their bodies in shape, but those same people might never give a thought to their voices. That's why the University of Virginia hosted a workshop on the subject.
For professional singers like Erin Lunsford the voice pays the bills. However, it's not just the rock stars and opera singers who need to take care of their voices. Teachers, lawyers, doctors — almost of all of us — need our voices to work.
Which is why some recommend physical therapy for people having trouble speaking or singing.
Physical exercise helps women with breast cancer to better tolerate chemotherapy
Women with breast cancer who follow a physical exercise program during their chemotherapy treatment experience less side effects like fatigue, reduced physical fitness, nausea and pain. It is also less often necessary to adjust the dosage of their chemotherapy. This is shown by a study supervised by Dr. Neil Aaronson of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.
Study: Walking on an incline could help people suffering from knee problems
Today in PT
Incline walking on a treadmill could benefit people with knee osteoarthritis or knee replacements, according to a small study from Ball State University.
A research team led by Henry Wang, PhD, an exercise science professor at Ball State, studied 15 volunteers at the Muncie, Ind.-based university's biomechanics laboratory. They found walking on an incline treadmill reduces stress on the knee joint while strengthening lower limb muscles.
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