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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

PT and OT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking
by Brian Ferrie
Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await " The 100 Best Jobs " ranking published by U.S. News & World Report . The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for physical and occupational therapy Read More...
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Therapy for Parkinson's
by Dillon Stickle
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology released a study on Tuesday which suggested that the current standard of care for early-stage Parkinson's patients may be a waste of time and money. The study said that both PT and OT offer Read More...
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Can Helmetless Drills Decrease Football Head Impacts?
by Brian Ferrie
The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Dallas, issued an interesting press release Dec. 18 related to the hot-button issue of head impacts in football. The release stated: "Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain Read More...
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PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists. The release stated: " In a ‘ Flash Action ' effort led by students from PT and Read More...
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Proving the Value of Physical Therapy
by Brian Ferrie
This guest blog post was written by Jerry Henderson, PT, vice president of clinical community at Clinicient in Portland, Ore. I personally believe that our profession is an excellent value. That is, our efforts provide a great benefit for the cost. Unfortunately, Read More...
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APTA Takes Aim at SNF Productivity Controversy
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an Oct. 8 press release detailing how the organization has spoken out in The New York Times ( NYT ). This initiative was precipitated by recent reports that skilled nursing facilities Read More...
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Tai Chi Improves Physical Function
by Dillon Stickle
Yoga and Pilates are both well known in the therapy world and are often used as a complementary activity for patients with chronic pain and long-term conditions. Not many people, however, use Tai Chi as an example of such exercises - but maybe they should Read More...
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Study Reflects Poorly on Self-Referral to PT Services
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., recently issued a press release concerning a new study. Published in the Forum for Health Economics & Policy, the study is titled "Physician Self-Referral of Physical Therapy Services Read More...
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Soccer Surges on the American Sports Scene
by Brian Ferrie
The explosive growth of interest in the world's most popular game -- soccer -- is perhaps the most striking development in American sporting culture over the past several years. In previous decades, as the rest of the globe worshipped the sport like a Read More...
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Physical Therapy at the DoD Warrior Games
by Dillon Stickle
From June 19-28, more than 240 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country gathered for the annual Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Athletes represented teams from the Marine Read More...
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PT Day on Capitol Hill
by Brian Ferrie
The morning of June 4 started very early for more than 1,000 dedicated attendees at the American Physical Therapy Association's NEXT 2015 Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. These hardy souls awoke before the sun, donned their professional Read More...
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‘It's a Calling to Be a PT'
by Brian Ferrie
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The APTA Annual Conference & Exposition, which was rebranded last year as "NEXT," just celebrated its 2015 incarnation in this inviting little town on the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C. The conference drew thousands Read More...
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Coming Up NEXT -- The 2015 APTA Annual Conference
by Brian Ferrie
As many ADVANCE readers are likely aware, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) last year rebranded its traditional "Annual Conference & Exposition" as simply "NEXT". The APTA website stated at the time, "It's a name change, but more than Read More...
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Early PT Cost-Effective for Low-Back Pain
by Brian Ferrie
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on April 9 detailing the results of a recent study published in the scientific journal BMC Health Services Research . The study demonstrated that early and guideline-adherent Read More...
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Cutting-Edge Collaboration
by Brian Ferrie
PHILADELPHIA -- When the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Annual Convention came to this country's birthplace last week, ADVANCE made sure to be on the scene. Held in conjunction with the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft, the Read More...
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