BuzzFeed Features Physical Therapy ‘Success Stories’

How about a little good news? Specifically, how about a little good news from patients who credit physical therapy and their physical therapists (PTs) for transforming their lives?

Recently, BuzzFeed published “9 Physical Therapy Success Stories That’ll Make You Choke Up A Bit,” a collection of first-person accounts from patients who faced a range of issues including spine facture, labrum tears, recovery from a coma, and interstitial cystitis. The reason for the project, according to BuzzFeed, was to “inspire others who are currently recovering from pain, injuries, surgery, or other problems.

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In Wake of Nassar Conviction, PT Points to Need for Patient Education on Legitimate Pelvic Physical Therapy

The multiple sexual abuse convictions of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar brought an end to Nassar’s monstrous behavior, increased awareness about systemic problems that allowed the abuse to occur, and hopefully even provided a certain sense of closure to the more than 150 victims of his assaults. But in an article written for the HuffPost, APTA member Lora “Lori” Mize, PT, DPT, and certified clinical specialist in women’s health physical therapy, raised concern that the Nassar case also may create a ripple effect that could discourage individuals from seeking legitimate and responsibly delivered pelvic physical therapy.

In her opinion piece titled “Nassar’s Atrocities Stigmatize A Legitimate Medical Treatment,” Mize contrasts Nassar’s horrific actions with the well-established, evidence-based pelvic physical therapist treatments “performed by a highly trained specialist [that] can have a positive impact on a woman’s quality of life.”

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Shoulder Instability and Joint Position Sense

This is a mini-blog with the intent of giving the user of the Motion Guidance visual feedback productinsight into a researched-based approach to using the product for the diagnosis of shoulder instability.

Movement joint positionsense is most likely to be impaired after shoulder injury involving post-traumatic instability when compared to the contralateral shoulder and to controls, while deficits for Active JPS and Passive JPS are more likely to be evident compared to the contralateral shoulder in participants with glenohumeral musculoskeletal disorders. This has been shown in a 2011 study by Balke. A link can be found here. Balke was able to demonstrate that angle reproduction capability was worst below shoulder level (55°) in all groups. Best results were achieved at shoulder level (90°). Healthy controls showed overall better results than patients with instability. Patients after surgical stabilization had better results in 55° and 90° abduction compared to instability patients before surgery. Balke quantified measurements by attaching a laser pointer to the wrist of the subject and then asked them to reproduce anlges at 55°, 90°, and 125° of shoulder in flexion and abduction.

Full story at The Manual Therapist

Augmented reality system allows medical images to be displayed directly on the patient’s body

New technology is bringing the power of augmented reality into clinical practice.

The system, called ProjectDR, allows medical images such as CT scans and MRI data to be displayed directly on a patient’s body in a way that moves as the patient does.

“We wanted to create a system that would show clinicians a patient’s internal anatomy within the context of the body,” explained Ian Watts, a computing science graduate student and the developer of ProjectDR.

Full story at News Medical

What is iliotibial band syndrome and how is it treated?

People who exercise regularly, particularly runners, are prone to experience pain in the outer part of the knee. When this occurs, iliotibial band syndrome may be the cause.

Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome is often caused by repetitively bending the knee during physical activities, such as running, cycling, swimming, and climbing.

The IT band is a group of fibers that run the length of the upper leg, from the hip to the top of the shin.

Full story at Medical New Today

Flex: New CEU Courses


The major objectives of rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are the early regain of range of motion (ROM) and mobilization of the patient.  The goals of this CEU course are to investigate the effect of the knee position during wound closure on early knee function recovery after TKA and the validity and effectiveness of rehabilitation techniques and physical therapies before and after TKA.


Coccydynia is a painful and incapacitating condition in the early post-partum period.  The goal of this CEU course is to determine the effect of Muscle Energy Technique (MET) in treating post-partum coccydynia. This course is based off of an open access article from the Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

For more on these new courses and many more, visit our CEU home page!

Yoga As Good As Physical Therapy In Treating Chronic Back Pain, Study Finds

Physical therapy is often the first option many people seek when it comes to brutal back pain, but a recent study finds that yoga is an equally effective alternative that might be cheaper and provides additional health benefits, too.

A team of researchers from the Boston Medical Center recruited 320 “predominantly low-income, racially diverse adults with chronic low back pain” for their study. They randomly placed participants in either a 12-week yoga class, a 15-visit physical therapy program, or they simply sent them an educational book and newsletters offering suggestions on how to cope with  back pain.

The study is among the first to look at how patients of a lower socioeconomic status would fare from a yoga course specifically catered to treat chronic back pain.

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Slowing bone loss with weight-bearing exercise

As with loss of muscle mass, bone strength starts to decline earlier than you might imagine, slipping at an average rate of 1% per year after age 40. About 10.2 million Americans have osteoporosis, which is defined by weak and porous bones, and another 43 million are at risk for it.

Numerous studies have shown that weight-bearing exercise can help to slow bone loss, and several show it can even build bone. Activities that put stress on bones stimulate extra deposits of calcium and nudge bone-forming cells into action. The tugging and pushing on bone that occur during strength and power training provide the stress. The result is stronger, denser bones.

Full story at Harvard Health Edu

APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Again Receives CMS Designation for MIPS Reporting

APTA’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry) has been approved again by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR). The designation for 2018 means that physical therapists (PTs) who participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program can submit their data directly from the Registry, but the CMS approval is also an acknowledgment that APTA offers a robust, reliable system for tracking and benchmarking patient outcomes.

Although voluntary for now, PT participation in MIPS could be mandatory as early as 2019, making it important to become familiar with the system (APTA encourages eligible PTs to voluntarily participate in MIPS now).The Registry’s QCDR status will be particularly helpful for practices whose electronic health records (EHRs) do not have the capability to report directly to MIPS.

According to Heather Smith, PT, MPH, APTA’s director of quality, the value of the Registry goes well beyond MIPS data submission.

Full story at APTA

What to know about iliopsoas bursitis

Iliopsoas bursitis can cause pain and limited range of motion in the hip joint. The condition often develops from overuse in athletes or other people who exercise regularly.

Rest and ice often help people who have mild cases of iliopsoas bursitis. People who are experiencing more severe symptoms may require physical therapy or other treatments.

Full story at Medical News Today