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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

November 2017

Bacino is Levy and Rappel sales manager

Saddle Brook, NJ-based Levy and Rappel is once again expanding operations and has hired James Bacino, CPed, as regional sales manager, the company announced in October. Continue reading

November 2017

McClain names Langer executive VP

McClain Laboratories, a clinical and research pathology laboratory based in Smithtown, NY, announced in November the appointment of Paul Langer as executive vice president, business development. Continue reading

November 2017

Flexion expands mkt for knee OA injectable

Burlington, MA-based Flexion Therapeutics in mid-November announced the full commercial launch of Zilretta (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension), the company’s new therapy for the management of pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Continue reading

November 2017

Claris introduces TKA recovery monitor

Vancouver, Canada-based Claris Healthcare announced in November that it is launching Claris Reflex, a new medical device and patient monitoring system to help orthopedic practices across North America monitor patient recovery after total knee replacement. Continue reading

November 2017

GUAES launches gout specialist network

The Pittsburgh, PA-based Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) has stepped up to the challenge of helping all patients access faster, better treatment by launching the Gout Specialists Network (GSN), an online physician and medical professional locator and educational resource, the society announced in November. Continue reading

November 2017

Navy, Steadman Clinic partner for research

In a benchmark collaboration between two world-class research centers, the Vail, CO-based Steadman Philippon Research Institute/Steadman Clinic and the Naval Medical Research Unit-San Antonio will work together on sophisticated musculoskeletal research, according to a Steadman-Philippon release. Continue reading

November 2017

Dr. Scholl’s inserts lower peak VLR

Commercially available insoles from Dr. Scholl’s, a division of Wippany, NJ-based Bayer, are associated with reduced vertical loading rates during running in healthy volunteers, according to a study epublished in October by the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Continue reading

November 2017

BRAINS, SPRAINS, AND CHRONIC PAIN: Concussion consequences may include osteoarthritis

As a growing number of studies report associa­tions between concussion and musculoskeletal injury risk, new research suggests concussed athletes may also have an increased risk of osteoarthritis later in life.

By Robert C. Lynall, PhD, ATC; Timothy C. Mauntel, PhD, ATC; David R. Howell, PhD, ATC; and Thomas A. Buckley, EdD, ATC Continue reading

November 2017

From barefoot running to diabetic neuropathy

Because footwear alters sensory perception, research examining the role of cutaneous feedback in barefoot running may provide important insight related to some of the gait changes that occur in patients with…

By Melissa Thompson, PhD, and Kristine Hoffman, DPM, FACFAS Continue reading

November 2017

Focus on biomechanics helps treat claudication

Lower extremity clinicians say ankle foot orthoses, rocker-soled shoes, and other orthotic interventions can benefit patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication by making it easier for them to exercise, and research is starting to demonstrate these benefits.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

November 2017

Assessing runners’ gait using wearable sensors

Wearable sensors allow for the collection of running biomechanics data outside the laboratory in natural training environments, enabling clinicians to collect a large volume of information in a relatively short time to help identify and manage individuals who may be at risk for running-related injuries.

By Rachel Koldenhoven, MEd, ATC; and Alex DeJong, MEd, ATC Continue reading

November 2017

When a longtime patient dies: How clinicians cope

It’s not unusual for any practitioner to experience complicated emotions when a death or a terminal diagnosis disrupts the personal bond forged with a patient over many years, but experts say lower extremity clinicians often are not well equipped to deal with these emotions.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

November 2017

Out on a limb: Low tech, high value

The use of advanced technologies to provide feedback to patients during rehabilitation is all the rage in lower extremity healthcare. But, as exciting as these new modalities can be, it’s important to remember that low-tech feedback strategies can make hi-tech data even more clinically useful.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

November 2017

Hot tip to predict ulcer risk: Repeat temperature test for best results

The concept of foot temperature monitoring to identify areas of increased risk of ulceration in patients with diabetes is promising, but new research from the Netherlands suggests clinical use of the technology will require more than a single temperature assessment.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

November 2017

Gait findings support focus on proximal muscle function in people with diabetes

Lower extremity muscle force during gait differs significantly among patients with diabetic neuropathy, patients with diabetes but no neuropathy, and controls, according to research from Brazil that underscores the importance of maintaining proximal muscle function in patients with diabetes.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading