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October's here! Welcome to National Physical Therapy Month
PT in Motion
Happy National Physical Therapy Month! During National Physical Therapy Month, APTA will provide plenty of ways for you to participate in bringing attention to the profession, including a public education campaign to debunk seven of the most common myths about physical therapy set to launch during the second week of October.
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South Carolina leaders launch new obesity initiative
The Post and Courier
South Carolina leaders recently unveiled their "first-ever" obesity action plan. Its centerpiece is a new website aimed at state residents and their ever expanding waistlines. The site is designed to give a road map for success and goals for both the public and the partner agencies in combating the state's top health concern.
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$10 a month can help to defend physical therapy in South Carolina
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While we have been busy defending the PT practice, SCAPTA has also been actively working on co-pay legislation to begin to limit the amount of co-pays some of our patients have to pay each and every time they come they see a PT. This legislation can have a direct effect on not only the patients we serve, but all practice areas. We need funding to support legislative activities to protect our profession in South Carolina. Make a recurring gift of just $10 and make a difference.
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3 more pioneer ACOs say they will quit
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Three more Pioneer ACOs have resigned from the federal shared savings model's third year, bringing to 13 the number of defections from the original 32, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acknowledged.

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Postacute care data reform legislation passes both houses
PT in Motion
Legislation that would standardize data used across postacute care settings has now passed in both houses of Congress and could soon become part of larger reforms. APTA has been working to influence this legislation.

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Rehabilitation is getting back to normal with help
Greensburg Daily News
National Rehabilitation Services Awareness Week is Sept. 21 through Sept. 27. Most people only think of rehabilitation, or rehab, when they need it, or associate it only with physical injuries. However, the field of rehab services is a widely varied one that helps people of all kinds, with all types of problems, get back to normal functioning.

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Osteoarthritis of the hip: Appropriate exercise therapy can alleviate symptoms
Medical News Today
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a progressive degenerative disorder affecting the hip joints, which affects 1 in 10 adults. The symptoms range from pain after intense joint loading to morning pain/stiffness and impaired mobility in everyday life. To date, no cure exists. Appropriate exercise therapy can, however, delay progression of the disease and alleviate symptoms, as shown in a randomized controlled study.
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Advancement in ultrasound allows for assessment of soft-tissue injury
Physical Therapy Products
A new method of ultrasound is being developed to examine soft tissue, including tendons and ligaments. Ray Vanderby, MS, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is commercializing an ultrasound technique that can analyze the condition of soft tissue.
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New program on early mobilization of ICU patients seeks participants
PT in Motion
Physical therapists have long been aware of the importance of early mobilization and rehabilitation for patients in a hospital intensive care unit. Now, a new program is recruiting hospitals to participate in a project to spread that understanding by facilitating practices that can more quickly liberate patients from mechanical ventilation and move them out of the ICU.
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Application during task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain neuromuscular system
Medical News Today
Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as rehabilitation intervention may facilitate recovery from this common complication of stroke.
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Should passive physical agents be eliminated under new APTA guidelines?
By Heidi Dawson
New guidelines for physical therapists and their patients were published recently under the "Choosing Wisely" campaign in partnership with the American Physical Therapy Association. The campaign aims to spark conversations between therapists and their patients by providing public guidelines for treatment protocols. The point that seems to have had the biggest response from therapists, and some patients, is the first on the list: "Don't employ passive physical agents except when necessary to facilitate participation in an active treatment program."
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