Category Archives: Archives

January 2018

Costello Named GW’s PT Program Director

Ellen Costello, PT, PhD, has been named Director of the Physical Therapy (PT) Program in the Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Continue reading

January 2018

Online Tool Guides Joint Replacement Decisions in OA Sufferers

A web-based tool developed at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School helps patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip decide whether and when to proceed with total joint replacement surgery by comparing the individual’s pain and… Continue reading

January 2018

AAOS Approves Diagnostic, Treatment Criteria for Hip OA

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip. AUCs provide clinicians with algorithms on how to optimally treat an orthopedic injury or condition, including… Continue reading

January 2018

ProEx PT Acquires Competitive Edge PT

ProEx Physical Therapy, headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, has acquired Competitive Edge Physical Therapy, Norwell, MA. Paul Amorosino, PT, MSPT, OMT, owner of Competitive Edge, has joined the ProEx team as clinical director of the Norwell location Continue reading

January 2018

FDA Approves Marketing of Device to Treat DFUs

In December 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of Sanuwave’s dermaPACE System, the first shock-wave device to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). The system uses externally applied energy pulses, similar to sound waves, to… Continue reading

January 2018

New BPCI Program Includes Lower-Extremity Episodes

The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new voluntary bundled payments opportunity, known as the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), which will be launched in October 2018 and run… Continue reading

January 2018

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics appoints medical director

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics, headquartered in Knoxville, announced that P. Merrill White, III, MD, was appointed medical director, effective January 1, 2018. He will be responsible for leading the overall clinical vision, strategy, and medical oversight for the group. Continue reading

January 2018

Mary Free Bed, GVSU expand partnership to share motion lab

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI, and Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, are expanding their partnership to now share a Motion Analysis Lab, located in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Grand Rapids. Continue reading

January 2018

CEL-SCI awarded patent for RA vaccine

CEL-SCI Corporation, Vienna, VA, has received a patent from the European Patent Office for its LEAPS platform technology, which is being developed as a potential therapeutic vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The patent, EP 2254588B1, is… Continue reading

January 2018

Sensoria, Optima to create smart diabetic footwear

Seattle-based Sensoria Health and Optima Molliter, Civitanova Marche, Italy, announced a partnership to create what they claim is the first smart diabetic footwear product that will monitor a patient’s compliance to the clinician’s prescribed mechanical off-loading protocol. Continue reading

January 2018

Patellofemoral pain: More activity means more pain — and then less activity?

People with PFP are less physically active than healthy controls, with regard to both steps per day and minutes of mild, moderate, and intense activity. Increases in activity-related pain may cause…

By Neal R. Glaviano, PhD, AT, ATC; Andrea Baellow, MS; and Susan Saliba, PhD, MPT, Med Continue reading

January 2018

The effect of copper- impregnated socks on tinea pedis in football players

In a study of collegiate football players, who are at high risk of tinea pedis due to their training environment, copper-impregnated socks were associated with a high rate of tinea pedis symptom resolution and a low rate of new cases—supporting claims of the socks’ antifungal potential.

By Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDE, CWS Continue reading

January 2018

Saying ‘PTTD’ is misleading: It’s time for a new lexicon to distinguish pathologies

The author applies his experience designing ankle foot orthoses to propose that, instead of using diagnostic language to describe medial column ligamentous failure, practitioners learn a new, descriptive language to understand the nature of a patient’s pathology.

By Ian Engelman, MS, CPO Continue reading

January 2018

Promoting postsurgical weight loss and activity to address joint pain

Strategies to help patients lose weight and become active after surgery need to be individualized, multifaceted, and re­inforced long-term. Many people who suffer from chronic joint pain are unable to exercise; as a result of this inactivity, they gain weight, which…

By Keith Loria Continue reading

January 2018

Can minimalist shoes protect against injury by increasing foot-muscle thickness?

Improvement in abductor hallucis muscle size associated with a gradual transition to minimalist running shoes suggests that this type of strength-based approach can help improve foot structure and stability, which may…

By Nicholas A. Campitelli, DPM, FACFAS; and Scott A. Spencer, DPM Continue reading

January 2018

Yoga reduces falls in older adults

Participating in a yoga course decreased the number of falls reported by older adults in a rural community in Wisconsin, according to new research published in December.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

January 2018

ACL treatment in children varies widely; 90% return to sport after ACLR

Over the past 15 years, the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in children and adolescents has increased. And although this population requires special considerations, in part due to their continued musculoskeletal growth, medical management of this condition varies widely.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

January 2018

Most volleyball-related ankle injuries occur during blocking

New evidence suggests that most volleyball-related ankle injuries are the result of a rapid inversion during blocking—often due to landing on an opponent or a teammate while attacking—rather than the injury occurring during plantar flexion, as once thought, according to a study published in the January 2018 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

January 2018

HIP STRENGTHENING: Optimizes PFP treatment

A study published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy presents new insights and evidence-based suggestions into the addition of hip strengthening to knee strengthening for people with patellofemoral pain (PFP).

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

January 2018

Publisher’s memo: Fresh opportunities in a New Year

Warm wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2018! We are making changes to Lower Extremity Review that I know the LER community will find useful.  Let me take a few minutes to explain.

Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

November 2017

AAOS, AJRR create orthopedic database

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in mid-October announced plans to create a national family of clinical data registries for a broad range of orthopedic conditions and procedures. Continue reading

November 2017

CMS amends custom diabetic insert coding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have amended a recent coding clarification regarding custom-fabricated diabetic shoe inserts, which two specialty organizations had criticized as being unnecessarily strict and a detriment to advanced technology. Continue reading

November 2017

Noraxon launches biomech data hub

Scottsdale, AZ-based Noraxon USA, a leader in human movement metrics and biomechanics research solutions, in November introduced the Ultium biomechanics research system. Continue reading

November 2017

Foot Science prefab FO reduces injury risk

Contoured prefabricated foot orthoses from Christchurch, New Zealand-based Foot Science International may help reduce the risk of lower extremity injury in naval recruits undergoing basic training, according to research epublished in October by the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading

November 2017

BOC celebrates expanded office space

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) staff and Board of Directors showcased an expanded new office location in Owings Mills, MD, to business partners and honored guests at a celebratory open house in October. Continue reading