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Walking Can Reduce Hip Fracture Risk By 43%-62% in Older Men

A study of nearly 36,000 men over a 24-year span has revealed that walking significantly contributes to prevention of hip fractures to an even greater extent than more strenuous activity. Researchers also found that “contrary to expectation,” sedentary behavior can serve a preventive role too—particularly when accompanied by 2 or more hours of walking per week.

In the study, e-published ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers examined data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, a project that uses biennial questionnaires to track the health and lifestyle of about 51,000 men. Authors of the hip fracture study focused on reports of 35,996 men aged 50 to 75 from 1986 through 2010.

Full story on reducing hip fracture risk at APTA

APTA 2014 Strategic Plan Now Posted

The 2014 APTA Strategic Plan has been posted on the association website and features updated objectives for each of 4 goals that have been carried over from 2013: effectiveness of care, patient- and client-centered care across the lifespan, professional growth and development, and value and accountability.

Approved by the APTA Board of Directors during its December 2013 meeting, the 2014 plan is a bridge to the new vision that APTA adopted at the June House of Delegates—”Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” As in 2013, the 2014 plan places highest priority on objectives related to the development of the physical therapy outcomes registry (PTOR) and advancement of a more appropriate payment system, proposed as the physical therapy classification and payment system (PTCPS).

For more information on the new year, visit APTA

Flex CEUs: New Courses for February

Knee Pain – Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

$27.00 [3.00 CE Hours]
This course reviews rehabilitation guidelines following Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) on the tibiofemoral joint. This surgical technique, which has become an established technique for repair of full-thickness chondral defects, is discussed as well as the factors proposed to influence patient outcomes. Components of pre-operative patient education and conditioning are presented as well as the 7 stages of post-operative rehabilitation.

Cervical Radiculopathy – Exercise and Traction as Treatment

$18.00 [2.00 CE Hours]
This course reviews a clinical study that evaluates the effectiveness of cervical traction in addition to exercise for patients with cervical radiculopathy. This common diagnosis is based clinically on the presence of neck pain extending into the arm accompanied by signs of nerve root compression during physical examination. Patients were randomized to 4 weeks of treatments with exercise, exercise with mechanical traction, or exercise with over-door traction. A discussion of the results indicate which treatments demonstrated lower disability and pain.

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International Physical Therapy Congress to Feature PTs From the US

A total of 18 physical therapists (PTs) from the US will be among the main speakers at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress to be held in Singapore May 1–4, 2015.

The American PTs will be contributing to focused symposia on a wide range of topics including rehabilitation and Parkinson disease, maximizing augmented mobility for children, pain education, advocacy, physical therapy in the intensive care unit, and the use of interactive technology in rehabilitation for young people, among others. A complete list of all participants and presentations is available at the WCPT Congress website.

For more information on the PT’s at APTA

New PTNow Blog Starts the Conversation About Evidence in Practice

There’s a lot of talk out there about bringing evidence into practice. So how about a conversation?

APTA has launched a new blog on its website aimed at energizing thought and sparking dialogue about the role of evidence-informed practice in physical therapy. The blog will provide physical therapists (PTs) with a place to have ongoing discussions about how to move information synthesis into practice reality—from implementing changes in a patient-centered environment, to keeping up with the latest practice strategies, to finding out how other specialties are approaching the challenge.

The blog is intended to be provocative and dynamic: Readers are encouraged to react, engage, and share their own experiences and ideas.

Full story of PTNow blog at APTA

Looking For Evidence? Open the Door to PTNow ArticleSearch

For physical therapists (PTs) looking to put evidence into practice, life just got a little better: APTA has retooled one of its most popular evidence-based practice (EBP) resources to make it easier to find and more intuitive to use.

Open Door, the search tool that puts PTs in touch with the latest in EBP, has been relocated to and renamed PTNow ArticleSearch. PTNow ArticleSearch maintains all the functionality of Open Door, and allows APTA members to track favorite research topics, access APTA section journals, and analyze interventions through ProQuest’s Medical Evidence Matters service. All old links to Open Door will redirect to the new site.

More information on the renamed article search at APTA

Feedback Needed on First Draft of Revised Accreditation Criteria

The first draft of revised criteria for physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) education programs is now available for review, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is seeking input both online and at the upcoming 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas.

The document is being made available at the CAPTE webpage related to the project. The draft, created by CAPTE’s Criteria Revision Group (CRG), is intended to be the basis for a set of revised criteria that will guide accreditation decisions. As part of its refinement process the CRG is hoping to receive feedback from interested parties including faculty, university and program administrators, practitioners, students, alumni, and employers.

More information on revised accreditation criteria at APTA

FLEX:NY Approval and New Course for January

New York Approval

Flex CEUs is now recognized as a Continuing Education Provider by the New York State Board for Physical Therapy!

New Courses for January

Chronic Pain – Extensive Medical Treatment Guidelines

CEU Course Description

Chronic pain medical treatment guidelines apply when a patient continues to have pain that persists beyond the anticipated time of healing and there are no plans for a curative treatment, such as surgery. This course provides an overview of the complex chronic pain phenomenon and presents multiple models to explain it. The course also provides a framework to manage all chronic pain conditions as well as parameters to establish reasonable outcomes and acceptable standards of care.

Chronic Pain – Extensive Medical Treatment Guidelines

CEU Course Description

Approximately 1.5 million Americans survive a traumatic brain injury each year. The leading causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents, struck by/against events and assaults. The incidence has significantly increased as a result of recent military and combat operations. Due to this increase, the Veterans Health Administration created a Clinical Practice Guideline to ensure that patients are screened and identified and receive appropriate treatment. This course provides clinicians that work with mild traumatic brain injury patients a structured framework to help improve patient outcomes.

For more information on these courses and many more, visit Flex CEUs


FLEX CEUs: New Courses for November

Tennis Elbow – Treatment Approaches

Tennis elbow, also know as lateral epicondylalgia or lateral epicondylosis,  is a prevalent disorder characterized by degeneration of the extensor tendon resulting in biomechanical and sensorimotor deficits that may interfere with occupational tasks, activities of daily living, and sports. This course reviews two articles; the first evaluates relationships between self-reported pain and function, and measures of tendon pathology and biomechanics in individuals with tennis elbow. The second presents an unconventional treatment approach to the commonly used intervention by examing the effects of exercises that change scapular strength and position on an individual with tennis elbow.

Knee Pain – Surgical Options for Meniscus Repair and Articular Cartilage Injuries

This course reviews two articles that explore surgical options for meniscus repair and articular cartilage injuries. Innovative approaches to treating symptomatic lesions of the knee’s articular surface are discussed in the first article. Surgical options reviewed include; arthroscopic lavage and debridement, microfracture, autologous chondrocyte implantation, osteochondral autograft transfer system and osteochondral allograft transplantation. The second article reviews clinical signs found during a clinical evaluation that indicate a meniscus tear. The indications for meniscus repair and/or meniscus transplantation are presented and both of these operative techniques are discussed in detail.

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