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The ABCs of the PDQ-8

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Vol. 25 •  Issue 7 •  Page 8 Parkinson's disease (PD) is now understood to be a progressive neuro­degenerative disease of multifactorial etiology, with a small population of patients who develop it as a result of a direct inherited mutation. It is also known that multiple genetic factors combined with environmental conditions can influence the development of the ...

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Pilates for Ballet Dancers

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The rigorous physical training undertaken by the preteen or adolescent female ballet dancer can predispose her to unique but predictable injuries and dysfunctional performance patterns. A particularly vulnerable stage is during the time of the "adolescent growth spurt." Sudden growth changes in the limbs usually precede that of the spine. Adaptation of muscle coordination and strength in the ...

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Aiming Higher

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To help athletes stay at the top of their game after a serious injury, sports doctors and physical therapists are pushing the edge to find the right balance between healing and maintaining strength and motion. Marion Walker, a high school defensive back who injured his ankle during a football game, was up and running three months later. Under the watch of an orthopedic physical therapist, Walker ...

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Aiming Higher

ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

To help athletes stay at the top of their game after a serious injury, sports doctors and physical therapists are pushing the edge to find the right balance between healing and maintaining strength and motion. Marion Walker, a high school defensive back who injured his ankle during a football game, was up and running three months later. Under the watch of an orthopedic physical therapist, Walker ...

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Pilates for Young Ballet Dancers

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The preteen or adolescent female ballet dancer who participates in rigorous physical training may be predisposed to unique but predictable injuries and dysfunctional performance patterns. A particularly vulnerable stage is during the time of the "adolescent growth spurt" when young dancers may temporarily become weaker and less flexible and may not be able to balance as well or to lift their ...

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Better Breathing

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Neuromuscular disorders can be a damaging bunch indeed. The category includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington disease and other neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system. While the etiology of each disease may be different, all share the common symptom of respiratory dysfunction. Their symptoms often start quietly and insidiously, ...

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OPTP Releases Anatomical Roller

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- OPTP announced Feb. 11 the release of a new Anatomical Roller™. The roller is asymmetrical, with one round side, tapered ends and shallow groove down the middle. These features were specifically developed to support and align the spine during exercise, as well as make the Anatomical Roller a versatile workout tool. Enhancing many exercise styles, the Anatomical Roller is ...

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Seeking Stability

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As a popular way to build strength and endurance, Pilates has many fans. Yet beyond the musculoskeletal implications, it also correlates to neurological rehabilitation. Some physical therapists have found it to be an effective additional tool when treating patients who have experienced a stroke. "Pilates is really unique because it uses developmental positioning," said Alison Lichy, PT, DPT, ...

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Better Breathing

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Neuromuscular disorders can be a damaging bunch indeed. The category includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington disease and other neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system. While the etiology of each disease may be different, all share the common symptom of respiratory dysfunction. Their symptoms often start quietly and insidiously, ...

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Practicing Parenthood

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Caregivers and family members play a prominent role throughout the post-stroke recovery process. But what happens when the patient has young children at home? For many young stroke survivors, learning to care for their children again tops the wish list. The goal of stoke rehabilitation is to improve function so the patient can become as independent as possible. Generally, survivors must relearn ...

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