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Farewell Heating Pad & Ultrasound: They Don’t Help Says APTA
You may have read in recent health articles about the growing debate over passive modalities. What’s the fuss all about? The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® organization works to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. Participating organizations have created lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” which include evidence-based recommendations to guide decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patient’s individual situation.
The APTA has just released the “5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question”, and some of the recommendations may surprise you:
#1. Say good-bye to heating pads, ultrasound and other passive modalities. The number one recommendation by the APTA: Don’t employ passive physical agents except when necessary to facilitate participation in an active treatment program.
Read the remaining 4 recommendations here.
Shortage of Occupational Therapists and PTAs in the Workforce
Nearly 10 million Americans are unemployed so it may seem premature to worry about labor shortages. But the retirements of baby boomers and low replacement rates suggest that employers will have difficulty filling many openings in the near future. And, among the top of the list are OTs and physical therapy assistants.
Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds
A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit.
Speech Therapy, Developmental Support for Premature Babies
They may not be able to talk yet, but the premature babies at Royal Women’s Hospital are seen by speech therapists who help parents understand their children’s early forms of communication and establish healthy feeding patterns. Read More
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Adults Over 45 Not Meeting U.S. Muscle Strengthening Guidelines
Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most middle-aged and older adults in the United States don’t engage in this type of exercise, according to new research. In fact, less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services.
U.S. Waistlines Keep Growing, With Women Leading the Way
Americans’ belt size continues to inch up, and women’s waistlines are widening faster than men’s, according to new government research.
Heart Docs Don’t Recommend Routine ECGs for Young Athletes
According to an American Heart Association news release, U.S. cardiology experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest.
New Therapies for Parkinson’s Patients
A week before, Mary Jane Lutton couldn’t walk and bend to pick up something without falling over. But on this day at St. Luke’s Physical Therapy office in Bethlehem, the 63-year-old walked confidently, bent, picked up a ball and kept moving forward. How? Lutton, who has Parkinson’s disease, has started to regain some mobility and speech clarity thanks to two new intensive therapy programs.
Backpacks are Back-Healthy if Used Right
Here’s some good news for back-to-school: Backpacks are good for your kids’ backs. With so much focus on the damage that backpacks can cause, it’s easy to forget that they were meant to lighten a load by distributing weight among some of the body’s strongest muscles. When sensibly packed and worn with two straps over both shoulders, they do that. Now, here’s the bad news: In real life, where backpacks are overstuffed, thrown over one shoulder and allowed to drag along a kid’s backside, they’re trouble. Read More.
Speaking Up for Speech Therapy: The 14 Best SLP Blogs
Did you know that many SLPs take the time out their busy schedules to share their speech therapy ideas with others online through their blogs? Here’s a list of the top 14 SLP blogs.
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