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New Storage System Extends Donated Tissue Life

COLUMBIA, MO -- Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, following a recent study, University of Missouri School of Medicine announced that researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue. This new technology was able to preserve tissue quality at the required level in all of the donated tissues studied, the researchers found. ...

Posted on: January 28, 2015
OPTP Releases CRPS Book

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced Jan. 27 the release of Why Are My Nerves So Sensitive?, a pain management resource directed at patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).Research shows that the more a patient knows about pain, the better off they'll be. The suffering of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is very real. However, all pain is produced by the nervous system and brain. Knowing this is the key to treating CRPS patients and ...

Posted on: January 27, 2015
Ohio State Trials Plastic Meniscus Implant

COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced Jan. 26 that surgeons have implanted a plastic device designed to help patients with persistent knee pain due to injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage. The meniscus is a fibrocartilage pad located between the thigh and shin bones, and once it's damaged it has a very limited healing potential, according to a press release. "There aren't many options for these patients, unfortunately. Once the meniscus is damaged, pain ...

Posted on: January 26, 2015
Casa Colina Hospital Announces Annual Gala

POMONA, CA -- Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare announced Jan. 22 that its annual Tribute to Courage gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona, Calif. The gala, which annually honors some of Casa Colina's present and past patients, will be hosted by film actress and television personality Bonnie Hunt, with guest speaker Aron Ralston, adventurer, amputee, and best-selling author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place. "We are ...

Posted on: January 25, 2015
Encore Rehabilitation Receives Capital Investment

DENVER -- Revelstoke Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm, announced Jan. 23 that it has completed an investment in Encore Rehabilitation Services LLC. Encore, based in Farmington Hills, Mich., is a regional provider of rehabilitative therapy services and associated compliance and revenue cycle support services primarily to skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted living facilities and home health agencies. Encore manages the delivery of physical, occupational and speech therapy ...

Posted on: January 24, 2015
Fitwall Expands into Michigan

IRVINE, CA -- Fitwall announced Jan. 23 that developer Rodney Goble and partners will bring the first Fitwall studios to the Great Lakes and Midwest Region. "Fitwall is pleased to have Rodney on board as an advisor, investor and franchisee. His insight into the Michigan marketplace, as well as the entire Great Lakes and Midwest Region of the U.S., will serve as a meaningful competitive advantage as Fitwall continues our global expansion," said Michael Webb, Fitwall's president. "Our success is driven ...

Posted on: January 23, 2015
Good Shepherd Acquires Rasansky Physical Therapy

PHILADELPHIA -- Good Shepherd Penn Partners, the official therapy provider for Penn Medicine, announced Jan. 6 the acquisition of Bala Cynwyd, PA-based Rasansky Physical Therapy. Rasansky Physical Therapy has been in business 33 years, and specializes in sports, hand and spine-related injuries. This location is the 14th Good Shepherd Penn Partners outpatient therapy site. "We're excited to bring the expert clinicians from Rasansky Physical Therapy into the Good Shepherd Penn Partners family," said Lisa M. ...

Posted on: January 22, 2015
Cadence Biomedical Appoints Barry Hix CEO

SEATTLE -- The board of directors of Cadence Biomedical announced Jan. 7 that Barry Hix is the company's new chief executive officer effective Dec. 8, 2014. Cadence Biomedical develops medical devices that help individuals accelerate a recovery to walking following a stroke or other neurological condition. The addition of Hix as CEO comes as Cadence expands the use of their first commercial-stage product, Kickstart. Cadence has shifted to a two-fold strategy: equipping rehabilitation facilities with ...

Posted on: January 21, 2015
JAG Physical Therapy Partners with MLS Club

NEW YORK -- JAG Physical Therapy announced Jan. 12 an official partnership with New York City Football Club (FC), the new Major League Soccer franchise. The multi-year deal will activate in the inaugural season of New York City FC in 2015. JAG Physical Therapy will produce exclusive videos with injury prevention "Tips of the Month" to serve as content to be used both in-stadium at New York City FC home matches and online. In addition, JAG Physical Therapy will run a series of clinics for New York City FC ...

Posted on: January 20, 2015
Parker Hannifin Partners with Freedom Innovations

CLEVELAND -- Parker Hannifin Corporation, a provider of motion and control technologies, announced Dec. 4 that it has completed a minority equity investment agreement with Freedom Innovations LLC. Freedom Innovations, headquartered in Irvine, CA, designs, manufactures, and markets advanced technology lower extremity prosthetic devices. The agreement expands Parker and Freedom Innovations' partnership, which began in July 2013 with a technology collaboration related to intelligent, powered orthotics and ...

Posted on: January 19, 2015
Noninvasive Stimulation Shows Promise Post-stroke

CHICAGO -- Stroke patients who received navigated, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in addition to standard occupational therapy (OT) were able to regain and maintain more upper-extremity mobility than those who completed OT alone, a 2014 study has found. The research, conducted at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), sheds new light on possible applications of brain stimulation to target and help correct brain damage caused by stroke. The research team at RIC used TMS to map ...

Posted on: January 18, 2015
Hydroworx Hosts Aquatics Panel Discussion at CSM

MIDDLETOWN, PA -- Hydroworx announced Jan. 16 that it will host "The Value of Water," an after-hours event at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis. "The Value of Water" will include a panel discussion, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and prize giveaways. It will be held Friday Feb. 6, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in booth #1310 at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The panel will be led by Keith Ori, BD, PT, co-owner of Orthopedic Rehab Facilities in Montana, Veronica Paquette, PT, ATRIC, ...

Posted on: January 17, 2015
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN Opens Pain Clinic

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN -- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced Jan. 15 the opening of the Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrated Medicine Clinic. The new clinic provides both medication and integrative, non-pharmaceutical therapies to children and teenagers. The 10,000-square-foot outpatient clinic on the campus of Children's Minneapolis hospital consists of nine treatment rooms featuring healing and therapeutic elements for children with ...

Posted on: January 16, 2015
Wheelchair Games Taking Applications

DALLAS -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Jan. 14 that it is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration will close April 15. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems. Each year, disabled veterans travel from around the country to compete in the games, which is the ...

Posted on: January 15, 2015
Independent Living Systems Names President

MIAMI -- Independent Living Systems (ILS), a provider of member-centric health solutions to Medicaid, Medicare, dual eligible, special needs, seniors and persons with disabilities, announced Jan. 14 that it has appointed Timothy E. Nolan as president and chief operating officer (COO). Nolan will report to Nestor Plana, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). Nolan began his career with U.S. Healthcare in 1985, where he served eleven years in the capacities of vice president of national accounts, ...

Posted on: January 14, 2015
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