Mar. 12, 2015

Earn free CEUs while impacting state legislation
SCAPTA's Annual PT Day at the State House will occur on St. Patrick's day, Tuesday, March 17, this year in Columbia, South Carolina. Please RSVP so we get an accurate count of attendees. We are in the process of developing FREE CEUs for all attendees. Short informational programming prior to heading to the SC House and SC Senate for introductions followed by brief but powerful meetings with your legislators. PT/PTA/Student (PT & PTA) are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Email with your name and address so we can work with you on scheduling meetings with your Senator and Representative.More

Please plan to join us for an Upstate District Social!
When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 6-8 pm
Where: Bar Louie's @ Magnolia Park, Greenville
Woodruff Road @ I-85 (near Old Navy/Bed, Bath & Beyond)

No need to RSVP. Bring a friend and join us. Happy hour specials until 7 p.m.

Hope to see you there!More

Now accepting nominations for SCAPTA Awards
It is a New Year! A time for good deeds and warm wishes. There are few better feelings than recognition of a job well done. With that in mind: It is time for nominations for all the 2015 SCAPTA Awards! We all know someone worthy of recognition. What better time than now to express our thanks and admiration for jobs well done?More

Earn CEUs at the SCAPTA Annual Conference
Were you, by chance, scrambling to get enough CEUs this past December? Did you vow not to leave it until the last minute next time? At SCAPTA Annual Conference you can earn up to 13 hours or 1.3 CEUs in just two days. These courses are the some of the latest and greatest offered in South Carolina and are described here but are easily viewed with online registration

Social events, job recruiters and research presentations will round out a great weekend in Greenville, S.C., May 1-2, 2015. More

Demand for PTs likely to increase, even with more graduates available
PT in Motion
The latest data from APTA show that while an increase in graduates from physical therapist education programs could help to slightly lower projected workforce shortages in the future, the trend toward increased health insurance coverage nationwide will likely still mean that the demand for PTs will continue to climb between now and 2020.More

Clinicians' insight — knee and lower extremity rehab
Physical Therapy Products
Which types of equipment features and functions relative to knee and lower-extremity rehab do you find most helpful in accelerating a return to activity among the general orthopedic population? Clinicians from across the country reveal key features and functions in the devices they use to address knee and lower extremity rehab.More

'Cryotherapy' freezing treatment may heal injuries, slow signs of aging
Fox News
Like most East Coasters, Ben Famiglietti has not enjoyed the chilly weather this winter. But that's not stopping the 43- year-old New Yorker from trying a "cool" health trend to help treat a sports injury. "It's terrifically cold. It's like walking into an Arctic cloud. You go into this chamber that has no moisture and no pressure, so it's really cold," Famiglietti told The cooling treatment, known as cryotherapy, requires spending time in a "cryosauna" that's cooled to -264 degrees. The method is not new, but it is said to reduce inflammation, improve athletic performance and even slow signs of aging.More

Use your words: Small study says descriptions make a difference in men's pelvic floor training
PT in Motion
When it comes to training men to activate their pelvic floor muscles, it may be good to have a way with words. A new study from Australia conducted on a small group of men has found that the words used to describe activation of pelvic floor muscles made a difference in the extent to which the striated urethral sphincter muscle is activated with limited increase in intra-abdominal pressure — the optimal combination to help men counter urinary incontinence, authors believe.More

Robots for stroke rehabilitation
University of Hertfordshire via Medical News Today
Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and a team of European partners have developed a prototype of a robotic glove which stroke suffers can use in their own home to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving therapies. At the chronic stages of stroke, patients are not likely to be receiving treatment but they continue to live with some impairments — the glove's goal is to provide therapies to target these impairments.More

Older adults with limited mobility may lessen heart problems with activity
Today in PT
Older adults with limited mobility may lower their risk of heart attack and coronary death for every minute of physical activity, according to new research. "Reducing time spent being sedentary even by engaging in low-intensity activities could have important cardiovascular benefits for older adults with mobility limitations," senior author Dr. Thomas W. Buford, director of the Health Promotion Center of the University of Florida Institute on Aging in Gainesville, Florida, said in a news release.More

Sharing patient records is still a digital dilemma for doctors
U.S. taxpayers have poured $30 billion into funding electronic records systems in hospitals and doctors' offices since 2009. But most of those systems still can't talk to each other, which makes transfer of medical information tough. More