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 •  December 7

Avascular necrosis accounts for approximately 10% of all total hip arthroplasties performed in the United States. Avascular necrosis can be caused when decreased blood flow is caused at the femoral head, which then leads to cellular death, fracture, and eventual collapse of the articular surface. Ultimately, of individuals who are diagnosed with...

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 •  December 5

People who suffer brain injuries require extensive medical care to preserve vital organ functions and prevent secondary injury. Physical therapists are in a unique position to positively influence the ultimate outcome for these individuals by simply providing early mobilization. Evidence Two studies provide support for early mobilization following...

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 •  November 15

A baseball player experiences frequent pain in his throwing arm during overhead activities. A clinician performs an evaluation but much to the player’s surprise, the clinician spends the majority of the exam evaluating the player’s lower extremity. The clinician informs the player that his pain is likely due to rotator cuff, scapular and core and...

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 •  November 14

There is a growing emphasis on patient reported outcomes (PROs) within all rehabilitation venues of care. Many payers are starting to adopt policies and incentivize providers based on patient outcomes. Certainly nascent value-based approaches hold a great emphasis on such perspectives, as do capitated and case-rate payment models. While most...

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 •  November 14

The post below highlights one aspect of Chad Cook and Ken Learman’s Rehabilitation Research Boot Camp course series. Click here to start the nine part series. Let’s say you find an amazing manuscript that shows a marked clinical effect with a specific treatment intervention. Must you truly vet the information within the article before sharing with...

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 •  October 24

Practice in hospice and palliative care requires a shifting of both focus and application of our therapy knowledge and skills. A large majority of our patients in this practice niche will decline towards the end of life. How can we use therapy intervention to maximize the person’s mobility, function, and comfort with disease progression? 1. Remain...

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 •  October 23

In cognitive rehab for individuals with acquired brain injury, memory is often a primary remediation goal. It’s important to work with patients and their families to develop and meet these agreed upon therapy goals. Goals should be framed within the context of their relative memory-related strengths and weakness. However, sometimes a patient’s...

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 •  October 10

How do you get young kids to cooperate with orthotic fabrication and wear? How do you make sure the orthosis will stay put on their extremity? And, how do you make an orthosis on a child that can’t sit still? Orthotic fabrication for kids can be quite challenging for all parties involved. Here are five tips to make the process easier for you and...

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 •  September 28

The mat examination is a critical component of a wheelchair seating assessment because it determines the seated angles and support surfaces required by the client. With time constraints, the mat exam is often skipped. However, if we disregard the mat exam, the seating system will likely fail to meet client’s needs and time may be wasted in the long...

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 •  September 28

Seeing the diagnosis of “meniscus tear” likely brings many thoughts to mind, along with a variety of different next steps. What do you need to keep in mind when you identify a meniscus lesion during your clinical exam or receive a patient with a meniscus lesion diagnosis? Arguably, the diagnosis of a meniscus tear always has some relevance – but,...