Physical exercise can help to improve the severity of movement-related symptoms and the quality of life in people with Parkinson’s Disease. Findings from the first Cochrane review of the available evidence found that any type of structured exercise is better than none.
Tag: Physical Therapy
3D-printed insoles measure sole pressure directly in the shoe
In elite sports, fractions of a second sometimes make the difference between victory and defeat. To optimize their performance, athletes use custom-made insoles. But people with musculoskeletal pain also turn to insoles to combat their discomfort.
3D-printed insoles measure sole pressure directly in the shoe
Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and EPFL are developing a 3D-printed insole with integrated sensors that allows the pressure of the sole to be measured in the shoe and thus during any activity. This helps athletes or patients to determine performance and therapy progress.
Many patients receive too little rehab therapy following stroke, study finds
Many patients don’t receive much rehabilitation therapy following a stroke, despite strong evidence that higher amounts can reduce long-term disability, a large new multi-site study found.
Stem Cell Grafts and Rehabilitation Combined Boost Spinal Cord Injury Results
In animal models, UC San Diego researchers found that intensive physical therapy in tandem with implanted neural stem cells increased tissue growth, repair and functionality in spinal cord injuries more than those treatments alone
CDC grant spurs research for fall prevention
With a $1 million grant from the CDC, ISU researchers and community partners will be the first to directly evaluate a walking program’s potential for reducing the risk and incidence of falling, which is the leading cause of injuries among people ages 65 and older in the U.S.
NIH announces winners of 2022 DEBUT Challenge
The NIH announces the winners of the DEBUT Challenge with prizes totaling $130,000
Research results on benefits of camp on kids with ventilators
The study, “The Effect of an Overnight Summer Camp on the Quality of Life for Individuals Who Require Ventilatory Support,” appears in in the “Pediatric Physical Therapy” journal. The team, which included graduate students from LVC, has found that attending summer camp boosts the quality of life for children using ventilators. And the more years such children attend summer camp, the better their quality of life becomes, according to the study.
How pain impacts motor learning
Groundbreaking research funded through a $2.6 million five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeks to determine whether pain hinders motor learning. The findings could impact the future of physical therapy practices, an area in which repetition and practice at home is key to recovery.
Early Physical Therapy Associated with Less Health Care Resource Use for Patients with Acute Lower Back Pain
Early initiation of physical therapy (PT) for U.S. patients with acute lower back pain (LBP) was associated with less health care resource use in the first month and the first year after the initial onset of symptoms, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins Medicine.
What to Look For in a Physical Therapy Facility
After an injury or surgery, physical therapy often plays an essential role in recovery. It can also improve fitness and function for people dealing with chronic pain. Experts from Hospital for Special Surgery offer tips on what to look for in a PT facility.
Seniors Should Stay Fit, Body & Mind – Chula Suggests Ways to Exercise Safely at Home to Keep COVID-19 Away
Chula physical therapy specialist invites seniors to exercise to boost their immunity against COVID-19 and stay fit even during home quarantine with easy ways to exercise at home during the lockdown.
Mount Sinai Receives $2.9 Million to Study First-of-its-kind Brain Implant for Restoring Function in Paralyzed Patients
Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance will lead Mount Sinai in national clinical trial
Second Breath: Region’s First Double Lung Transplant for COVID-19 Patient
After more than 50 days on advanced life support, a multi-disciplinary team at UC San Diego Health helps a patient who contracted COVID-19 become a candidate for a successful double lung transplant. The transplant surgery was the first in the region performed on a COVID-19 patient.
UNDERSTANDING MOTOR PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Anjana Bhat, associate professor in the University of Delaware’s Department of Physical Therapy, has been awarded a research project (R01) grant through the National Institutes of Health for the next three years.
Mount Sinai Named Official Medical Service Provider for USA Fencing Team
Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance prepares athletes for Tokyo Olympic Games
Annual Physical Therapy Check Up
We take time to see our primary care physicians and dentists regularly to ensure the best possible health outcomes. One vital part of our physical wellbeing often overlooked is the health of our musculoskeletal system. Add a physical therapist to your list as you make your annual healthcare visits.
Older Adults with Cerebral Palsy Need More, Receive Less Physical Therapy for Painful Conditions
Older adults with cerebral palsy are more likely to experience debilitating pains of musculoskeletal conditions, but researchers found they receive significantly less physical therapy for those ailments. The lead author says the results, while staggering, support their hypothesis that people with CP receive inequitable health care.
UTEP Study Examines Movement in Children with Autism
For more than a year, researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Stanley E. Fulton Gait Research & Movement Analysis Lab in the College of Health Sciences have been using real-time 3D animation to investigate motor impairments in children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The greatest takeaway from this study is that when teaching or coaching new movements to an individual with autism, the teacher or coach needs to understand the individual with autism’s specific motor learning characteristics.
Penn Launches Region’s First Interdisciplinary Center Focused on Treating Nerve Disorders
Today, Penn Medicine launches the Penn Nerve Center, which unites experts across disciplines to offer expert diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment for a wide range of nerve conditions including traumatic nerve injuries, nerve entrapment, nerve compression, and nerve tumors. Combining experts in neurosurgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, physical medicine and rehab, neurology, and radiology, the Center is the first of its kind in the region.
Physical Therapy Led to Lower Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19
Patients recovering from COVID-19 who had a course of physical therapy in the hospital had lower incidence of mortality compared to those who did not, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting.
Stretchable ‘skin’ sensor gives robots human sensation
Cornell University researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable “skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain. This sensor could give soft robotic systems – and anyone using augmented reality technology – the ability to feel the same rich, tactile sensations that mammals depend on to navigate the natural world.
Back Pain with Sciatica More Likely to Improve with Immediate Physical Therapy
For people who experience back pain with sciatica, meaning their pain radiates into their leg, it may be worthwhile to start physical therapy right away, according to new research reported in Annals of Internal Medicine. That approach is different from the initial advice doctors often give patients with back pain, which is to try to remain active and give their symptoms time to subside before considering treatment like physical therapy.
UC San Diego Health Offers New Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain
UC San Diego Health is now offering a new minimally invasive approach to provide relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP).The new treatment is called “Intracept,” an outpatient procedure that targets nerves located in the vertebrae or bones of the spine.
When is the Optimal Time for Knee Surgery and Rehabilitation After Knee Dislocation?
A new clinical trial aims to discover the optimal time for surgery after a knee dislocation, and when to begin rehabilitation post-surgery.
PIVOT HEALTH SOLUTIONS GIFT TO UMSOM PTRS WILL SUPPORT PHYSICAL REHABILITATION SCIENCE STUDENTS
Pivot Health Solutions has given the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) $250,000 to fund the Pivot Health Solutions Physical Rehabilitation Science PhD Education Endowment.
Tufts University School of Medicine launches accelerated hybrid physical therapy program
To help meet the increasing demand for physical therapists, Tufts University School of Medicine is launching an accelerated two-year hybrid-education Doctor of Physical Therapy program to begin in January 2021, the first program of its kind offered by a Massachusetts medical school.
New hope for ACL injuries: Adding eccentric exercises could improve physical therapy outcomes
People with anterior cruciate ligament injuries can lose up to 40% of the muscle strength in the affected leg––with muscle atrophy remaining a big problem even after ACL reconstruction and physical therapy.
Extreme Sports Training Reduces Helplessness in People with Chronic Disability Even Months Later
Physical training for an extreme sporting event can decrease feelings of helplessness in individuals with chronic disability as long as four months after the event’s completion, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Orlando.
Older Women May Reduce Urinary Incontinence Symptoms with Physical Therapy
Physical therapy interventions effectively reduce urinary incontinence symptoms in older women and should be a first-line treatment intervention for patients with this chronic condition, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Orlando.
For Low Back Pain in Older Adults, Treatment Doesn’t Match Guidelines
Many Medicare patients with new episodes of low back pain receive care inconsistent with current guidelines – including high use of opioids and advanced imaging tests, reports a study in the February issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
Virtual Reality Would Make Attending Therapy Easier For Stroke Survivors
Researchers have created a virtual reality clinic to make it easier for stroke survivors to attend physical and occupational therapy sessions. Results from a proof-of-concept study suggest the technology – and the social connection it facilitates – are effective at encouraging therapy participation.
Dominant Leg Has More Power during Exercise than Non-dominant Leg
A new study confirms important differences in dominant- versus non-dominant-leg oxygen usage and power output during single-leg exercise. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, UChicago Medicine partner for physical medicine and rehabilitation services
UChicago Medicine and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab have joined forces to bring the services and expertise of a premier rehabilitation hospital to patients of the academic health system.