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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Improved Access for Patients
by Rebecca Mayer
The services offered by outpatient rehab facilities need to be considered and revamped regularly. But when was the last time that the physical space's impact on access to care was taken into consideration? The outpatient rehabilitation center at UCLA Read More...
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Let's get moving
by Danielle Bullen
September 30 marks the last day of National Childhood Obesity Month. An estimated 23 million American children and teenagers are overweight or obese. That's roughly equivalent to the populations of the 8 biggest cities in the country! Many factors go Read More...
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Are You Ready for Fall?
by Rebecca Mayer
Physical therapists across the country are beginning to gear up for National Physical Therapy Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of October each year. Come October, thousands of PTs nationwide will band together to help increase community Read More...
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Do You Measure Up?
by Rebecca Mayer
A pitiful 3 percent of 153,000 respondents in a study by Michigan State University met the characteristics of a healthy lifestyle. According to the study, a healthy lifestyle is defined by four basic standards: Not smoking Holding weight down Eating right Read More...
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A Dangerous Display
by Rebecca Mayer
When one thinks of ushering in the Fourth of July, joyous visions of patriotic decorations, family gatherings, barbeques, and fireworks displays come to mind. Typically these visions do not include a trip to the local Emergency Room. But for thousands Read More...
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Studies Hit Hard on Concussion Risks
by Cheryl McEvoy
To sports enthusiasts, there's nothing more satisfying than hearing the smack of helmets in a heated football game. That is, unless the head under that helmet belongs to your kid. In that case, it's a terrifying reminder of how delicate the brain is, Read More...
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Click or Treat
by Cheryl McEvoy
There are two sides to every story. Last week, we shared some of the risks text messaging poses to hand health and what organizations are doing to help teens avoid injury. This week, we take a different look at the texting trend--one that works with, Read More...
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The Dangers of Text Messaging
by Cheryl McEvoy
I didn't get a cell phone until I was 17, and that was solely because I got my driver's license and my parents couldn't bear to send me on the road without some communication device. Less than 10 years later, kids a third my age are toting Smartphones Read More...
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Do You Promote Health Literacy?
by Cheryl McEvoy
Do you suffer from medical mouth? It's a common condition that crops up in exam rooms and around clinician offices. Symptoms include chronic bouts of medical terminology and spontaneous reference to inaccessible research. Side effects include reduced Read More...
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Maintaining Motivation in Physical Therapy
by Cheryl McEvoy
Why don't physical therapists get mad? Because they have a lot of patients! Bad joke, I know, but it's kind of true. Physical therapy is a long and often frustrating process, for both the patient and the practitioner, so any of you bearing the Bosu ball Read More...
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On Earth Day, Therapeutic Gardens Bloom
by Cheryl McEvoy
When I was a kid, I loved traipsing around my grandmother's garden. It wasn't grand, mind you, just a few rows of flowers, some stepping stones and--most importantly--a big ol' raspberry bush. (My teeth often displayed the seeds of my bounty.) I'm not Read More...
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Making Physical Therapy Kid-Friendly
by Cheryl McEvoy
Kids have quite the imagination, but instead of tossing their ideas to whimsy, we may want to put them in action. An 11-year-old boy is credited with finding a new way to make physical therapy more entertaining for children: bring on the bubble wrap. Read More...
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Therapy Needs in Haiti
by Lisa Lombardo
I received a somewhat frantic letter this past week from a physical therapist who wanted to help others reach out to help the many survivors of the earthquake and aftershocks that hit Haiti last month. Lora Boone, a PT who recently volunteered in Haiti, Read More...
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Number of Haitian Amputees On the Rise; Help Needed
by Elizabeth Puliti
In an article on CNN , I read that the 7.0 earthquake that ravaged the country of Haiti has created what experts are calling "a generation of amputees." As a result of the disaster, at least 2,000 people have lost limbs. According to Dr. Mitra Roses of Read More...
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