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Study: 95 Percent of Adults with OA Avoid Common Activities

WARSAW, IN -- Findings from a new U.S. survey of 878 U.S. adults ages 45-75 with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who have not had joint replacement surgery show that 95 percent of respondents avoid or make accommodations to common daily activities because of their knee pain, despite the availability of treatment options like physical therapy, hyaluronic acid injections and knee replacement. The survey also found that 90 percent of those who have had knee joint replacement said their lives have changed for ...

Posted on: October 30, 2014
Mobile Stroke Unit Tops 2015 'Innovations' List

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Clinic announced Oct. 29 its 9th annual list of the Top 10 medical innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel intra-operative radiation approach for breast cancer. The list of up-and-coming technologies and drug therapies was selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists and announced during Cleveland Clinic's 2014 Medical Innovation ...

Posted on: October 29, 2014
SleepSafe Releases Manual Bed Model

If a parent could be in two places at one time, using the typical safety bed for their child would be no problem. They could crank the height of the mattress from the footboard while magically interacting with their child at the side of the bed closer to the headboard. But since parents haven't figured out a way to split themselves down the middle, SleepSafe Beds® has worked some design magic for them. They've engineered a game-changing Manual SleepSafe® Bed that offers a hi-low foundation which ...

Posted on: October 28, 2014
LIU Ranked #1 in Health Salaries

BROOKLYN, NY -- LIU Brooklyn's School of Health Professions announced Oct. 24 that it has been ranked first in the nation as the Best School for Healthcare Majors' salaries by Payscale.com, an online salary, benefits, and compensation information company. Payscale.com ranked more than 1,000 colleges based on graduates' median salaries through five years post-graduation, and through 10 years post-graduation. "Payscale.com's recognition demonstrates that we are not only comprehensive, but that our faculty ...

Posted on: October 27, 2014
Study: Faster Rate of Bone Loss After SCI

WORCESTER, MA -- People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to study announced Oct. 22 by a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Details of the study are reported in the paper "Reduction in Proximal Femoral Strength in Patients With Acute Spinal Cord Injury," published by the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. ...

Posted on: October 26, 2014
Foundation for PM&R Announces Grant Winners

ROSEMONT, IL -- The Foundation for PM&R announced Oct. 21 that it will present over $100,000 in research grant awards Nov. 15 during the AAPM&R Annual Assembly in San Diego. The grants are: Mallinckrodt Acute Pain Management Research Grant: -- Venu Akuthota, MD (University of Colorado, Denver), "Correlation of PROMIS Short Form to Legacy Functional and Pain Outcome Measures in Individuals undergoing Spinal Interventions for Acute Low Back Pain or Radicular Pain." Richard Materson ERF New ...

Posted on: October 25, 2014
ACSM Predicts Top Fitness Trends for 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announced Oct. 24 its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals. The results were released in the article "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What's Driving the Market" published in the November/December issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®. "It's no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year," said Walter R. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, lead ...

Posted on: October 24, 2014
Stanley Paris Makes Second Sailing Attempt

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Florida-based and New Zealand-born adventurer Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, plans to try again to become the oldest person to solo-circumnavigate the globe nonstop by sailboat and beat the current record of 137 days. Paris attempted to achieve the around-the-world goal last year, but was forced to stop because of equipment failures. Scheduled to launch in early November, the trip is designed to raise awareness for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, on whose board Paris serves. During his ...

Posted on: October 23, 2014
Accelera Innovations Acquires SCI Home Health

CHICAGO -- Accelera Innovations Inc. announced Oct. 7 that they have closed on the acquisition of SCI Home Health Inc. (d/b/a Advance Lifecare Home Health). SCI is 100% Medicare certified, and is engaged in the business of providing home health care services. The programs offered are speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, skilled nursing by registered nurses, medical social workers, rehabilitation services, home health aides and providing medical supplies and equipment. "The acquisition ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
SwimEx Introduces Triton Pool

FALL RIVER, MA -- SwimEx Inc. announced Oct. 21 the release of the Triton, the newest member of SwimEx's line of fitness and therapy pools. Available for both the commercial and residential markets, the Triton offers SwimEx construction at a more affordable price. "We developed the Triton to meet the demand of discerning customers who desired the luxury of the SwimEx brand at a lower price point," said Suzanne Vaughan, president of SwimEx. "We are extremely excited about what this pool offers, and I am ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
PT, OT Top 'Hardest to Fill' List

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Staffing Association released Oct. 15 the ASA Skills Gap Index, which tracks the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S., during Staffing World®, the association's annual convention and expo. The index identified 207 occupations as hard to fill. The top 10 hardest-to-fill occupations are:     Occupational therapists     Physical therapists     Truck drivers, heavy and ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
RIC and Modus Health Collaborate on Stroke Therapy

CHICAGO -- The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and modus health, a digital health company, announced Oct. 17 a collaboration aimed at deploying advanced digital technology to improve outcomes in patients undergoing rehabilitation post-stroke. This effort builds on RIC research utilizing the modus StepWatch™ wearable activity monitoring technology. The goal of the RIC/modus collaboration is to facilitate broad adoption of specific treatments for improving real-world walking in patients ...

Posted on: October 19, 2014
AOTA: Consumers Lack Rehab Info Under ACA

BETHESDA, MD -- In an effort to educate policymakers, consumers and its members about health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has finalized a report analyzing 266 health plans offered in state- and federal-based exchanges across the country relating to coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services through a comprehensive review of Summaries of Benefits and Coverage. The ACA requires 10 categories of health care services to be covered ...

Posted on: October 18, 2014
MSU to Study Home Transition After Stroke

EAST LANSING, MI -- A new $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will help Michigan State University researchers look at ways to improve the experience of transitioning from hospital to home after stroke. Mathew Reeves, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at MSU, along with colleagues in the School of Social Work, are using a method of assigning patients a social worker to assist in taking care of stroke patients. "Social workers have a unique ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
OPTP Releases Mobilization DVD

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced a new series of DVDs, Mobilization Belt Techniques for Manual Therapy, that teaches mobilization techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, as well as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle joints. Each mobilization is demonstrated in detail by Yousef Ghandour, PT, and includes patient positioning, belt placement and mobilization technique. Ghandour shows how manual therapy techniques can be enhanced using mobilization belts by supporting the patient's body or ...

Posted on: October 16, 2014
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