Using Virtual Reality for Pain Relief, Rehabilitation, and Recovery

Virtual reality, (VR), in physical therapy is a reality. Some physical therapists are using it to address pain and other issues. Sujay Galen, PT, PhD, a PT who’s also a bioengineer, talks about the current realities and future promise of VR as a valuable tool in patient care. https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/using-virtual-reality-pain-relief-rehabilitation-r

Ordering of Diagnostic Imaging by Physical Therapists: A 5-Year Retrospective Practice Analysis – PTJ

As more PTs transition into direct access roles, it seems prudent to consider how additional resources common to other first-contact providers might impact patient care. This study examines the appropriateness of diagnostic imaging studies referred by civilian physical therapists at an academic medical center. https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/99/8/1020/5304994

Expert Tips for Finding Evidence and Research

You can’t have evidence-based practice without evidence. So where do you find it? APTA’s PTNow website offers multiple tools to support evidence-based practice. But it helps to know how to use those databases. And that’s where APTA’s staff librarian Gini Blodgett can help. http://www.apta.org/Blogs/Pulse/2019/6/Podcast/EvidenceResearch/

A Journey Out of Pain and Addiction And a PT’s Crucial Role — NEXT 2019

US Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Justin Minyard’s  recounts the injuries he received during a rescue attempt during 9-11 attacks at the Pentagon, and then while on a mission in Afghanistan—and then what happened afterward: with multiple fusions and other surgeries, the intense pain, and his eventual slide into opioid addiction, and how physical therapy therapy changed things.

Outpatient Physical Therapist Attitudes Toward and Behaviors in Cardiovascular Disease Screening: A National Survey

Despite the high prevalence of patients either diagnosed with or at risk for CVD, few physical therapists consistently included BP and HR on the initial examination. The results of this survey suggest that efforts to improve understanding of the importance of screening and modifications of clinic policy could be effective strategies for improving rates of HR and BP screening. https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/99/7/833/5382504

Foot Health: Avoiding Pain and Injury

Chris Neville, PT, PhD, discusses what the latest science reveals about the state of foot and ankle health, the importance of choosing proper footwear, and what you can be doing right now to ensure your feet and ankles are strong, healthy, and equipped to continue moving you through life. https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/foot-health-avoiding-pain-injury

Using Telehealth to Help Patients with Advanced Cancer Improve Quality of Life

Would patients with advanced cancer benefit from therapy to help maintain function and quality of life? Listen in as a Mayo Clinic rehabilitation physician and renowned researcher discusses the results of her study, which examined if telerehabilitation—in the form of telephone contact with a physical therapist who had extensive experience in cancer rehabilitation—would improve patients’ function and quality of life. https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/using-telehealth-to-help-patients-with-advanced-ca