Category Archives: Archives

June 2021

Potential Oral Treatment for COVID-19 Identified

Countries around the world are now rushing to vaccinate their populations against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In the U.S., more than half of adults are now fully vaccinated. But new infections still occur daily. Better treatments are needed to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, and to help prevent spread of the virus. Continue reading

June 2021

Ankle Leads “Problem” List for Female College Athletes

In a study out of Japan, 54 female college basketball athletes filled out the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre questionnaire detailing all “physical complaints” for 135 days. The average daily prevalence for any problem was 44%, with substantial problems accounting for 16%. Continue reading

June 2021

Judo4Balance Improves Physical Functioning

Falls and fall-related injuries are major threats not only for older adults but also for younger age groups such as working-age adults. It has been shown that it is possible to reduce the risk of falls and fall-related injuries, to some extent. However, interventions that aim to  reduce both the risk of falls and mitigate fall-related injuries through teaching safe falling techniques are still sparsely investigated. Continue reading

June 2021

Short Breaks Help the Brain Learn New Skills

Practice is important for learning something new. Repeating an action over and over increases the likelihood of mastering it. But recent research shows that taking short breaks may be just as critical. A 2019 study found that short, frequent breaks were key  to improving performance on a new task. These short rest periods strengthen memories of the new skill just practiced. Continue reading

June 2021

Pregnancy Part 1: Is Walking Adequate Fitness During Pregnancy?

There is no question that walking is generally a good form of exercise. However, it is not always appropriate during all phases of pregnancy, nor does it adequately prepare a woman for delivery or the fourth ‘Tornado’ Trimester. Long gone are the days of no lifting and putting your feet up during pregnancy. Pregnancy is the time to ‘train’ for a postnatal marathon that will last several years in a sleep-deprived state.

By Tracie Smith-Beyak Continue reading

June 2021

Can Proprioception Be Improved?

This 6th sense helps our body understand where it is in space and how to move in response to countless signals between the brain and millions of receptors throughout the body. To move safely in this world, our body needs to understand where it is in the environment. Key among the players accomplishing this complex task is the…

By Janice T. Radak Continue reading

June 2021

Taking a Load Off: An Update on How Biomechanics Research is Shaping the Future of Conservative Treatment for Knee OA

By Monica R. Maly, PT, PhIn a recent study in The Lancet, Cui et al estimated there are ~654 million people age 40 and older around the world who have knee osteoarthritis and an additional ~87 million individuals age 20 and older who have already been diagnosed.

By Monica R. Maly, PT, PhD Continue reading

June 2021

Sleep Series Part II: Sleep and Athletic Performance

Sleep – that magical state where our bodies recuperate, our minds rejuvenate, and we are free of the everyday stresses of the world – is a necessary physiological process that all humans require.

By Jeremy R. Hawkins, PhD, LAT, ATC; Michael Reeder, DO; and Alli Powell, DAT, LAT, ATC Continue reading

June 2021

Recovery and Regeneration Strategies for Foot Performance: Part II

In the first article of this series, I provided a general overview of the concepts of recovery and regeneration as well as terminological and methodological differences. I called it a necessary consequence of the stresses relating to training and performance. Since then, recovery has come out of the shadows.

By Antonio Robustelli, MSc, CSCS Continue reading

June 2021

Patient Guidance: Common Skin and Nail Conditions of the Lower Extremity – Part 2

Many foot and ankle specialists focus on the musculoskeletal conditions of patients. Skin and nail conditions of the feet, however, are some of the most common complaints that patients have. This 3-part series describes the most common conditions patients present with to my office and provides some effective treatment options.

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM Continue reading

June 2021

OTTOBOCK APPOINTS NEW CEO/REGIONAL PRESIDENT

Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, has appointed Marc C. Lundeberg as the new CEO and regional president of the company’s North America operation, headquartered in Austin, TX. He succeeds Brad Ruhl, who will remain on as non-executive chairman until he transitions to retirement after a more than 30-year tenure with… Continue reading

June 2021

BIONESS ACQUIRED BY BIOVENTUS

Bioness, Valencia, CA, has been acquired by Bioventus, Durham, NC, a global company with a focus on clinically effective, cost-efficient, minimally invasive medical treatments that engage and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. The acquisition cost was for $45 million in up-front consideration, with up to… Continue reading

June 2021

CARESOLE CIRCA KNEE SLEEVES

Caresole’s Circa Knee Compression Sleeve is professionally crafted and designed to relieve knee pain and prevent knee injuries. Made from a soft neoprene material, the sleeve keeps knees warm, helping to lubricate joints and prevent injuries. The contoured fit allows for maximum comfort, non-slip silicone strips and… Continue reading

June 2021

CITRESPLINE AND CITRELOCK LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION DEVICES

The CITRESPLINE™ and CITRELOCK™ Ligament Reconstruction Devices from Acuitive Technologies are intended to firmly engage tendons and ligaments within a bone tunnel while preserving the integrity of the soft tissue during insertion of the device. These products are intended to be used during orthopedic surgeries for… Continue reading

August 2021

DJO Acquires MedShape

DJO, a subsidiary of Colfax Corporation and a global provider of medical technologies to get and keep people moving, announced that it has completed the acquisition of MedShape, a privately held orthopedic medical device company founded in 2005. Continue reading

August 2021

Roam Robotics’ Ascend Smart Knee

The Ascend smart knee orthosis is designed to help relieve knee pain and support functional improvements, dramatically improving mobility for patients. State-of-the-art embedded sensor technology intuitively senses and supports everyday movements, such as ascending and descending steps, and can also help those struggling with strenuous or extended activities, such as gardening or long walks, without pain or discomfort. Continue reading

June 2021

THE MOTUS FOOT BY MOTUS NOVA

Motus Nova is a leader in neurorehabilitation technology with a mission to deliver high-quality interventions in every home. Foot drop and other lower extremity deficits contribute significantly to impaired functionality and safety of survivors of neurologic injuries such as stroke. The Motus Foot is an FDA Class I robotic therapeutic… Continue reading

June 2021

NEUROFEEDBACK CREATES PERCEPTION OF A LIGHTER WEIGHT PROSTHESIS

Although prosthetic legs usually weigh less than half of a natural limb, their perceived weight remains a point of dissatisfaction among users. Previously, researchers led by Stanisa Raspopovic, PhD, a professor at the ETH Zurich Department of Health Sciences and Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have shown that… Continue reading

June 2021

KT RECOVERY+ WAVE ELECTROMAGNETIC TECHNOLOGY FOR PAIN

KT Recovery+ Wave™ (KT Wave™) is a clinically proven, FDA-cleared wearable device that uses electromagnetic technology to provide patients a convenient, on-the-go solution for drug-free pain relief from sports injuries, knee pain, arthritis, back pain, sprains, and more. Continue reading

June 2021

SURGX STERILE

SURGX® is a powerful antimicrobial gel designed to reduce surgical site and post-surgical infections by destroying planktonic and biofilm encased bacteria. Using Next Science’s patented, non-toxic XBIO® technology, SURGX conforms to post-operative wounds to prevent surface attachment of free-floating bacteria, eliminate pathogens… Continue reading

June 2021

PREVENTING INJURIES AND IMPROVING RECOVERY WITH MICRO-DOPPLER RADARS

Penn State College of Engineering and College of Medicine researchers have developed a radar to measure subtleties in human movement. This work has implications for allowing healthcare workers to more accurately identify individuals who may be at risk for injury and to track progress precisely while individuals are recovering from an injury. Continue reading

June 2021

OPTP INTRODUCES WHY DO I HURT? SPANISH EBOOK

Written by pain science expert Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, this popular book is now available as a Spanish language eBook, translated from English. Why Do I Hurt?® has helped countless individuals regain control of their lives by teaching them about the science of pain. With this new eBook, Spanish language readers can also benefit from the information and insights it offers. Continue reading

June 2021

HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING USED TO REVEAL DIABETIC SKIN COMPLICATIONS

A multidisciplinary research team has introduced a diagnostic approach capable of evaluating the skin complications of diabetes. This portable optical device allows non-contact detection of possible skin complications of diabetes at an early stage, as well as the ability to perform broad population screening, explained research team… Continue reading

June 2021

CHEETAH XCEL

The Cheetah® Xcel is a next-generation sports prosthesis that was specifically designed for explosive, short distance sprints of 100–200m, with proprietary design features intended to reduce the user’s running effort and facilitate increased speed from starting block to finish line. It is an estimated one-third as powerful as a native ankle, returning approximately 90% of its energy when the athlete is running. Continue reading

June 2021

THRIVE ORTHOPEDICS F3 AFOS

Four years of collecting industry feedback has led to the design of the F3 AFO by Thrive Orthopedics. These lightweight carbon fiber AFOs accommodate patients with dexterity issues who need a supportive, durable device while providing for maximum energy return. Continue reading