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  • Dormant Butt Syndrome

    There are many reasons a person might be experiencing chronic pain - improper posture, poor work ergonomics and repetitive stress, and recurring injuries to name a few. But a less obvious reason is making its way into the spotlight: Dormant Butt Syndrome (DBS). In an article from the Washington Times, Dr. Chris Kolba, a physical therapist at Ohio ...
  • New Guideline Promotes PT for Chronic Pain

    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 versions of opioids such as oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and morphine. While ...
  • AOTA Annual Conference Coming to Chicago

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has issued a press release announcing that an estimated 10,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Chicago to attend the organization's 96th Annual Conference & Expo from April 7-10. The signature event presents an opportunity for OT professionals to ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on March 11, 2016
  • Spinal Stenosis

    One of my relatives, who is in his eighties, shared with me that though he is in excellent health, he was recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He now uses a walker at times to keep him steady on his feet, but he does have a sense of relief that at least now he has a medical explanation for the frequent pain in his lower back, hip and leg. He ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 17, 2016
  • OT and PT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking

    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 occupational and physical therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic about pursuing ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on February 4, 2016
  • PT and OT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking

    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 professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic about pursuing careers in ...
  • Body Mechanics

    A friend of mine had a successful career as a dental hygienist but ultimately needed to ''retire'' much sooner than she would have wanted to due to carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems in her wrists and hands which she attributes to the required body position necessary to perform the tasks of a dental hygienist. She pursued a completely ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 26, 2016
  • Therapy for Parkinson's

    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 ''no improvement of quality of life'' and that there were no ''short or medium-term ...
  • Therapy on Wheels

    The other day I drove by the local Bloodmobile parked in front of a large downtown bank near my house. It brought to mind an old fantasy that I had entertained for years, but never actually acted on it.  During most of my years working as an occupational therapist, my market niche was rural Central Illinois. My clients were basically ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 18, 2016
  • Can Helmetless Drills Decrease Football Head Impacts?

    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 and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this ...
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