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Tactical athletes: Maximizing their ability to protect and serve

Increasingly, clinicians and researchers are focusing on tactical athletes—including warfighters, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other professionals—as a unique population with regard to lower extremity injuries.

By Hank Black

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Out on a limb: Back to the evidence

The farther you go up the kinetic chain, the more some things about evidence-based medicine stay the same. The spine differs in many ways from most of the lower extrem­ity segments of the kinetic chain. Obvious differences include the shape and function of the bony structures, the complex roles of the adjacent muscles, and how the spine responds to the demands of movement.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor


How Lower Extremity Care Can Improve Spinal Health

The kinetic chain doesn’t end at the hips, and practitioners know the stability and function of the lower extremities can significantly influence the stability and function of the spine and core. Researchers and clinicians recently have been examining these relationships in more detail, and a growing body of evidence suggests that distal approaches can be effective for preventing and managing spinal conditions across a wide range of patient populations.

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Recent trends favor use of bracing for knee OA

Experts say new research underscoring the clinical benefits of bracing for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), along with more comfortable device designs aimed at improving patient compliance, may help boost the historically low rates of brace utilization in this patient population.

By Barbara Boughton 

An interdisciplinary take on diabetic limb salvage

Developing a multidisciplinary team dedicated to diabetic limb salvage allows for immediate referral, lessens the burdens on individual practitioners, helps remove structural barriers that can delay patient care, and offers a framework in which to organize inpatient care for these patients.

By Brian M. Schmidt, DPM, AACFAS