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Exercising arms improves post-stroke walking

Canadian researchers have demonstrated that that arm exercises—specifically, cycling the arms—improves post-stroke gait. The authors said this is the first study to test the effect of arm training on post-stroke leg function, even years after the event. The results appear in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

TJA patients discharged home alone do well

Patients who live alone had a safe and manageable recovery when discharged directly home after total joint arthroplasty (TJA), according to a prospective study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Researchers target prevention of posttraumatic osteoarthritis

Reducing oxidative stress in mitochondria shortly after joint injury may prevent posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA), according to a study published in Science Translational Journal. This discovery is compelling because young, active patients are more likely than older patients to experience these injuries, yet are not…

Core weakness may lead to low back pain in runners

Deep core-muscle weakness in runners leads to compensation strategies that increase pressure and loading on the spine, which may increase the risk of low back pain, a new analysis demonstrates.

Group urges training exercises to prevent ACL injury

Athletic trainers and healthcare professionals have a fresh set of recommendations to help prevent noncontact and indirect contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes and physically active people. The position statement, “Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury,” from the…

 

LER Pediatrics

Reflections on self-image

The first article I wrote for any LER publication examined the negative impact a therapeutic device can have on self-image, and how this can create a major barrier to patient satisfaction and adherence. (See “Sensitivity to self-image boosts O&P outcomes,” LER, April 2011.)

The article, which focused on adults, looked at findings of research and practitioners’ anecdotal experience that revealed how patients’ feelings about their device—more accurately, their feelings about themselves when they wear a visible orthosis or prosthesis—govern how likely they are to use the device as prescribed.

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