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As 2014 comes to a close, AGPT would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AGPT NewsBrief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


6 power foods for therapy professionals
PutMeBackTogether.com
From April 17: One of the most important parts of our everyday living is eating. The selection of food we eat is very important since this is the single source of energy and nutrition. And as therapy professionals, if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of others. You are your first patient. So what are the right kinds of food to eat? These six healthy food selections will give your brain and body energy throughout the day.
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Choosing wisely: APTA releases list of procedures that PTs and patients should question
APTA
From Sept. 18: Passive physical agents that aren't part of an active treatment plan, under-dosed strength training for older adults and the use of whirlpools for wound management are among the "5 Things That Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question," according to a list recently announced by APTA. The list, developed through member suggestions and refined by an expert panel, is now part of a national campaign that encourages patients and healthcare providers to talk about whether a given procedure is really necessary based on the patient's individual circumstances.
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The anatomy and movement patterns of shoulder impingement syndrome
By Heidi Dawson
From June 26: Shoulder pain is a common problem. In fact, around 30 percent of us will experience it at some point in our lives. Approximately 65 percent of all shoulder pain conditions are due to impingement syndromes. This is becoming a more widely-recognized cause of persistent shoulder pain, but as a condition it is often not treated effectively. To treat the condition effectively, we need to understand it — from anatomy to movement patterns.
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Muscle activation vs. muscle strengthening
PutMeBackTogether.com
From Feb. 6: Physical therapists are not personal trainers, they are neuromuscular experts. It's time for PTs to separate themselves from the other fitness professionals by utilizing their entire education when treating patients.
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The top 5 exercises everyone should be doing
By Heidi Dawson
From Nov. 26: As the old saying goes, "prevention is the best medicine," and this is definitely true when it comes to the training and development of our bodies. There are so many injuries I see on a daily basis that stem from the same few causes — causes that can so easily be addressed in just a few minutes a day, before they become a problem or cause a problem somewhere else along the chain. So, with this in mind, here are my top five exercises that everyone should be doing.
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Study: Rethink benefits of antihypertensive meds vs. risk of serious falls
PT in Motion
From May 1: For adults over 70, could the risk of falls due to the effects of antihypertensive medications outweigh the risks of not taking those medications? According to a recent study of nearly 5,000 community-living adults over 70 with hypertension, it's a valid question that should be asked at the individual level.
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New glasses may increase fall risk for older adults
Physical Therapy Products
From May 29: Blurred vision may be a risk factor for falls in older adults, but getting new glasses with a significant change in vision prescription may increase the risk of falls rather than decreasing it, according to an article published in Optometry and Vision Science. The review concludes that optometrists can help to prevent falls by avoiding over-aggressive vision correction in older patients at risk.
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Should passive physical agents be eliminated under new APTA guidelines?
By Heidi Dawson
From Oct. 2: 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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How to calculate your ideal patient load
By Brooke Andrus
From Aug. 21: As a rehab therapy provider, the strength of your clinic's revenue stream depends mainly on the number of patients you see each day — and the dollar amount you receive for each one of those visits. Naturally, if you want to increase your clinic's revenue, you mostly likely will need to increase the volume of patients you treat. But how do you figure out how many patients you should be seeing each day — in other words, your ideal patient load? When you break it all down, it's actually pretty simple to come up with a ballpark patient-volume target.
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How a smartphone could prevent falls
Medical News Today
From June 26: Every year, 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and over in the U.S. experiences a fall. In 2010 alone, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults resulted in emergency department visits, and 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized. But a study by researchers from Purdue University details how a smartphone could prevent falls from occurring.
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