Psychologists tell us that the symmetry of a person’s face influences whether he or she is perceived as attractive. But when it comes to rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, some types of symmetry are more desirable than others.
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Special Educational Series: Pediatrics
Evidence-based medicine, defined literally, depends on the existence of studies that justify treatment decisions. But, too often, practitioners who specialize in pediatric lower extremity care find that the only evidence they have to draw on involves studies done in adults, not children.
Reported cases of Lyme disease have been rising steadily over the past 30 years, but its diagnosis can be challenging. Left untreated, patients with Lyme disease can go on to develop neurological symptoms, including those that are characteristic of peripheral neuropathy.
By Greg Gargiulo
The effectiveness of eccentric training for the prevention and rehabilitation of hamstring strains has been established in the medical literature. The next step is to identify an eccentric hamstring exercise that addresses the limitations of existing…
By Karl F. Orishimo, MS, CSCS, and Takumi Fukunaga, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Patient-reported outcomes can be used to monitor health-related quality of life in patients with chronic ankle instability, and lower extremity practitioners can design rehabilitation approaches to specifically target physical impairments that are known to contribute to quality of life.
By Megan N. Houston, PhD, ATC, and Matthew C. Hoch PhD, ATC
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses show that bracing for knee osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with significant benefits with regard to pain and function. But links to disease progression remain elusive, and the challenges of patient compliance are becoming even more complicated.
By Larry Hand
Research supports eccentric strengthening for treatment of midportion Achilles tendinopathy, but a new study suggests the same approach…
By Lisa H. Jain, DPT, OCS; Kevin J. McCarthy, MD; Michael Williams, PT, OCS; Marie Barron, PT, OCS; Nick Bird, MPT; Brian Blackwell, PT, OCS; G. Andrew Murphy, MD; David R. Richards, MD; Susan Ishikawa, MD; and Margaret Kedia, PhD, DPT
In the Moment: Sports Medicine
By Emily Delzell and Jordana Bieze Foster
The anterolateral ligament (ALL) of the knee, a structure not well-documented or consistently reported before the 2013 publication of a Belgian study, is a key stabilizer of internal rotation—though only when the knee is flexed at high angles—and may be…
A six-week progressive neuromuscular training program is associated with significant improvement in single-leg balance on unstable surfaces in female high school basketball players, according to research from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.
Improved balance in baseball players who have had Tommy John surgery is maintained after their release from physical therapy, according to research from Fort Worth, TX.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
In the Moment: Rehabilitation
By Jordana Bieze Foster
Multimodal physical therapy is associated with significant symptom relief in patients with plantar heel pain, but may be most effective for those with symptoms lasting fewer than seven months, according to research presented in February at the annual…
Eight pathological factors do not explain the self-reported improvements in perceived disability associated with balance training for functional ankle instability (FAI), according to research from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
Patients who do progressive strengthening exercises after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are significantly more likely than those who do conventional rehabilitation to have normal-range functional outcomes at one year, according to research from the University of Delaware.
By Emily Delzell
A phase I/II trial of Pluristem Therapeutics’ expanded placental cell product for treatment of muscle injury after total hip arthroplasty (THA) found significant improvements in maximal voluntary muscle contraction force six months postsurgery in both operated and nonoperated gluteal muscle.
Compression garment manufacturer Sigvaris in January partnered with physical therapist and wound care and lymphedema management expert Robyn Bjork, MPT, CWS, WCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, to help support innovation for patients with lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency, and venous ulcers.
The Alexandria, VA-based Foundation for Physical Therapy announced February 5 that it has awarded Brown University in Providence, RI, $2.5 million to establish the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) over the next five years.
The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) reported February 11 that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies has reaccredited its pedorthist certification program for another five-year period. Approximately 275 professionals are currently certified as BOC pedorthists (BOCPDs).
Stretching Inc. presents stretching as a simple, gentle activity that can be done by anyone, anywhere, at any time. “Garden Stretches” provides detailed instructions and illustrations of stretches to do before, during, and after gardening to help…
Pulseboot footwear is designed to improve diabetic foot ulcer healing, reduce limb loss, and help lesions stay healed. Pulseboot offloads pressure using an advanced material (D3O) and contoured insole design. A discreet rigid offloader controls unwanted foot motion…