Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most prevalent diseases in most developed and developing countries, and evidence suggests that psychosocial factors, especially fear-avoidance beliefs are important in predicting patients who will progress from an acute to a chronic stage, as well as failure of interventions. The goals of this CEU course are to evaluate the relationship between trunk mechanical properties and psychological features in people with recurrent LBP, determine whether balance response of LBP patients is different from healthy controls under various conditions, and find out whether body sway is related to the fear of fall in LBP individuals. Fear and psychological distress in regards to pain and disability is also discussed.
Inflammation of the synovial membrane plays an important role in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis (OA). The goal of this CEU course is to evaluate the effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on joint inflammation.
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.
The goal of this CEU course is to establish the physiotherapy treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and examine the barriers that stop physiotherapists from increasing strength and flexibility and the contradictions of physiotherapists beliefs regarding their practice.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common lifelong disability affecting motor development in children. The goals of this CEU course are to investigate spastic hemiparesis recovery after intensive technology-enhanced physical rehabilitation; the effects of manipulating object shape, size, and weight combined with hand-arm bimanual intensive training; the effects of modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT); and the effects of repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).
Limitations in ankle dorsiflexion have been associated with balance dysfunction and the development of altered gait patterns. The goal of this CEU course is to investigate the relationship of ankle dorsiflexion, measured in non-weight bearing and weight bearing positions, to balance and gait performance in healthy young and older adults.
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a rare disease but still one of the most abundant causes for intellectual disability in females. The goals of this CEU course are to explore the known changes in metabolite levels, gene expression, and biological pathways in RTT, as well as examine the developmental skills in classic RTT vs. atypical RTT. This course is based on an articles by BioMed Central Ltd.
Difficulties in walking of Diabetes Neuropathy (DN) patients results in higher risk of falling and injuries. The goal of this CEU course is to investigate the recruitment of Task-Oriented (TO) motor training to determine influences on the gait characteristics of DN patients as an alternative to the traditional gait training. This course is based on an article by BioMed Central Ltd.
Work-related symptoms in the neck and shoulders are common among occupational computer users and other sedentary occupations. The goals of this CEU course are to understand the impact of neck pain and the strategies office workers use to manage their pain, and to investigate the effect of workplace neck / shoulder strength training on neck / shoulder pain and headache among office workers.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heal pain and many treatment options are available. This CEU course provides an overview on the physical and medical definitions of shock waves, as well as gives a detailed assessment of the quality and significance of studies on extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in patients with plantar fasciopathy (PF).
Rotationplasty is used most often as a function-preserving salvage procedure after resection of sarcomas of the lower extremity, however, it is also used after infection of prosthetic knee joints. This CEU course focuses on the different aspects that play a role in the decision-making for amputations as well as the anatomical requirements for adequate prosthetic fitting. Indications for rotationplasties with and without an anomaly of the hip joint is also discussed. Finally, long-term results following rotationplasty with regard to health-related quality of life, functional performance, and psychosocial aspects are investigated.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex, medically unexplained, and debilitating condition. The goals of this CEU course is to evaluate the effectiveness of Qigong exercise on sleep, fatigue, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and physical and mental functioning in patients with CFS-like illness.
Millions of women are afflicted with urinary incontinence. The goals of this CEU course are to determine the incidence and impact of pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and colorectal distress and quality of life by birth mode for women in the chronic postpartum period; determine the effect of pelvic muscle exercises on urinary incontinence and self-esteem of elderly females with stress urinary incontinence; and appraise the current evidence of the effectiveness of alternatives to pelvic floor muscle training for treatment of urinary incontinence.
Cancer is a leading cause of burden of disease globally. Although exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic diseases, it is important to know how much exercise can be safely tolerated in the immune-compromised population of people with cancer. The goal of this CEU course is to investigate if there is a dose-response effect of exercise on inflammation and fatigue in adult cancer survivors, and if there is a dose-response effect of exercise for improving functional activity in this population.
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of OA and is the leading cause of pain and disability in older adults. The goal of this CEU course is to determine the difference between different shoes and lateral wedge insoles on external knee adduction moment (EKAM), knee adduction angular impulse (KAAI), external knee flexion moment, pain, and comfort when walking in individuals with medial knee OA.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. Physical rehabilitation is commonly used in patients with PD to improve their health and alleviate the symptoms. The goal of this CEU course is to determine the overall effect of resistance training (RT) on measures of muscular strength in people with PD and identify effective RT interventions to increase strength in people with PD in order to provide evidence-based guidelines. Further, this course compares resistance training with balance training for the improvement of postural control in people with PD. Lastly, this course explores a technology-assisted exercise protocol that is specifically aimed at reducing bradykinesia.
To the surprise of APTA and other organizations that were expecting to get more information and provide input on the plan, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has moved ahead with a system for manual medical reviews for physical therapy and other services that exceed the therapy cap.
Last week, CMS announced that it has contracted with Strategic Health Solutions to serve as a supplemental medical review contractor (SMRC) to conduct a “targeted review process” for claims that exceed the $3,700 cap for physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined, and $3,700 for occupational therapy services. Unlike previous years, in which reviews were conducted for all claims exceeding the thresholds, the new approach allows Strategic Health to select only certain claims for review.
According to CMS, Strategic Health will pay particular attention to 2 main areas: providers with “a high percentage” of patients receiving therapy beyond the thresholds compared with peers; and “therapy provided in skilled nursing facilities, therapists in private practice, and outpatient physical therapy or speech-language pathology providers … or other rehabilitation providers.” CMS writes that an evaluation of the number of units or hours of therapy provided in a day will be “of particular interest.”
Physical therapy research advocate, Foundation for Physical Therapy(Foundation) trustee, and general ball of energy Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, is at it again—ready to set out on another adventure to raise money for physical therapy research.
And this time, everyone’s invited to join him.
Paris announced that beginning Friday, April 1, he will begin his “Ride for PT Research,” a 3,000-mile bicycle journey across the United States. And he says he’s going to do it with only 3 days’ rest.
Similar to adventures he took on in 2014 and 2015—attempts to circumnavigate the globe solo in his sailboat—Paris is hoping to raise money for the Foundation through donations to his project.