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Medicare cap changes for 2013
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
For 2013, the therapy cap for occupational therapy is $1,900 and the combined cap for physical therapy and speech-language pathology services is also $1,900. As discussed in detail here, exceptions to these caps are allowed for reasonable and necessary therapy services.
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National Physical Therapy Month
APTA
VideoBriefNational Physical Therapy Month is celebrated each October. APTA members are encouraged to use NPTM as an opportunity to reach out to consumers and educate them about the unique benefits of treatment by a physical therapist.
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Wall Street Journal article quotes PTs on postpartum health
PT in Motion
Physical therapists can play a key role in postpartum health for mothers for a range of issues beyond weight loss, according to a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal. The article quoted APTA members in its examination of the musculoskeletal changes that can occur in women after birth, particularly among women who have more closely spaced babies later in life.
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Using Pilates in travel physical therapy: What you need to know
Aureus Medical Group
Once you've decided to incorporate Pilates into your travel therapy book of techniques, you will want to brush up on basic skills and information. This exercise routine can be a great option for rehabilitation in a number of different ways. Top on the list of pros is promotion of body awareness. In order to provide patients with the best treatment possible, there are some things about the exercise program you should know.
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Medicare cap changes for 2013
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
For 2013, the therapy cap for occupational therapy is $1,900 and the combined cap for physical therapy and speech-language pathology services is also $1,900. As discussed in detail here, exceptions to these caps are allowed for reasonable and necessary therapy services.

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APTA provides resources about government shutdown, ACA features
SCAPTA
In light of the federal government shutdown along with the implementation of major Affordable Care Act features, APTA has posted information to assist its members in responding to questions from patients and clients about their healthcare. Members may not need to know all the answers to questions but helping a patient find resources is important.

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Top 5 physical therapy specializations
Advance Healthcare
The field of physical therapy focuses on the treatment of a medical condition through external methods, rather than through surgical or pharmaceutical means. While physical therapists can specialize in any number of areas, from orthopedics to sports rehab, all physical therapists must obtain a graduate degree from an accredited program and apply for a license.

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When patients flare up for no reason during their therapy treatment
PutMeBackTogether.com
Erson Religioso, III writes, "Many times, patients can be extremely compliant and your therapy treatment can be right on the mark. However, problematic cases are often doing one or more things absentmindedly. When patients flare up 'for no reason,' there is often a reason, whether they know it or not. Here are specific examples from my experience."
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Life after breast cancer: Unique physical therapy program offers relief from side effects
Ahwatukee Foothills News
Many women who have gone through breast cancer treatments end up losing some range of motion in their arm or shoulder but physical therapists at Spooner Physical Therapy in Ahwatukee Foothills, Ariz., say they have a program that can fix the problem and get women back to doing all they did before their lives were changed by cancer.
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Adopting a multidimensional individualized approach to plantar fasciitis treatment
By Heidi Dawson
Plantar fasciitis is thought to affect around 10 percent of people at some point in their lifetime. For such a prevalent condition, we really should have its treatment down to a fine art by now, shouldn't we? But this really isn't the case. There are many forms of treatment out there that have all been used in attempts to cure the condition, but so far there is no one treatment that has demonstrated consistently good results. And therein lies the problem.
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Physical therapy helps baby with Down syndrome learn to dance
Chicago Sun-Times
Birth to age five can be the most critical time to provide developmental intervention therapies for children with Down syndrome. A Waukegan, Ill., couple added pediatric physical therapy to the usual mix of speech and occupational therapy and have been amazed at the results they have seen in their 15-month-old son, Brady DeJong. They credit much of Brady's improvement over the past several months to the work of Pam Lasky, a pediatric physical therapist with Athletico Physical Therapy in Highland Park. Lasky has honed in on Brady's personality and tailored his therapy to things that would hold his interest, such as music.
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Research and markets: Physical therapists in the US report 2013
4 Traders
As the population ages, demand for physical therapy will strengthen. Industry growth will continue to be boosted by the aging population of baby boomers, as health conditions result in greater demand for physical therapy. This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five-year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.
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Anti-gravity treadmills offer effective physical therapy
Medical Daily
The goal of rehabilitation therapy, according to the NYU Langone Medical Center, is to restore function of the involved joint or muscle so that patients can perform functional activities in accordance with their individual goals. New research in the field of rehabilitation has recently begun to explore the anti-gravity treadmill as a new tool for achieving positive patient outcomes. So far, all signs point forward.
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Reference values of physical performance in Thai elderly people who are functioning well and dwelling in the community
Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
A study was conducted to describe reference values for five physical performance tests for Thai elderly people who were functioning well and dwelling in the community. Data showed that most of the values found for the performance-based measures were lower than those previously reported, with a significant trend toward age- and sex-related functional decline. Weight and height were important contributors to level of functional ability.
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