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Study Shows Benefits of PT for Obese COPD Patients
by Katherine Bortz
A new study has surfaced displaying the benefits of physical therapy for obese patients hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Researchers at the University of Granada and Virgen de las Nieves Hospital, both located in Spain, Read More...
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New Guideline Promotes PT for Chronic Pain
by Katherine Bortz
Chronic pain is becoming a worsening problem in America, with 14.6% of the population living with symptoms daily. Currently, the first line of defense against the condition is through the prescription of opioids such as transdermal fentanyl, and extended-release Read More...
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Words Mean Things
by Dillon Stickle
ANAHEIM, CA -- Language, both verbal and non-verbal, are important tools in the therapist-client relationship. In a lecture called "Words Mean Things: How Communication Impacts Clinical Results" given by Kevin Lulofs-MacPherson, PT, DPT, OCS, Larry Benz, 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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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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PTs Learning from OTs
by Dillon Stickle
While there are many important differences between the physical and occupational therapy fields, it is more often than not found that each profession can learn a lot from the other. Back in July I went to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility 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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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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