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July 23, 2012 - Volume 23, Number 15

Cover Story

The Next Frontier

In the 1952 novel Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut portrays a futuristic dystopia in which over-automation has made the work of laborers largely obsolete. Early readers would no doubt have marveled at the impossibly intricate and intuitive devices housed in today's rehabilitation labs. Rehab engineering is entering the high-tech age with modern robotics, functional electrical stimulation and virtual reality systems. ADVANCE focuses on the newest advances in rehab engineering--chosen in consultation with our editorial board--that will usher in a new age of caring for patients.

Featured Articles

Management Focus: Paperless Claims

Providers continue to face myriad challenges. Many health care organizations find themselves either consolidating, merging or forging new partnerships to remain competitive. And almost all providers are evaluating how they can do more with less to survive in a brave new world that is changing daily. This is where technology can help.

Standing for Children With CP

Studies have shown that 2.3 to 3.6 of 1,000 children born in the United States have cerebral palsy. These children are susceptible to many illnesses and medical complications that can lead to a shortened life expectancy. Many therapists are aware of the impact of standing programs on range of motion and bone density, but they can also support respiratory health throughout the lifespan.

Lymphedema: Proper Pressure

Pneumatic compression is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as a treatment for lymphedema, both as a means of accelerating the in-clinic treatment phase and for home care. In the past, classically trained lymphedema therapists were cautious about adopting pneumatic compression as a modality. This is despite the fact that pneumatic compression has been shown to be equivalent in efficacy to professionally applied manual lymph drainage.

Coming Soon

Although running is one of the most basic athletic activities the body can perform, like other sports it has the propensity to cause injury. From chronic overuse conditions to traumatic incidents, the foot/ankle area is particularly vulnerable. Brad Carman, MPT, ATC, owner and director of rehabilitation at Mass Bay Spine & Sport Physical Therapy, Marshfield, MA, discusses foot/ankle injuries related to running and their treatment.


Thanks for the positive feedback, Heleen. More information about that course can be found at

Brian Ferrie,  ADVANCE for PT & Rehab MedicinOctober 22, 2012

It is a brilliant article how can we doe the 135 hour course

Heleen Dell Compassionate Healthcare ServiOctober 22, 2012
Kempton park, Gauten


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