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More than 1/3 of older adults with frailty are also depressed

Exercise can be helpful for treating both frailty and depression


Results showed that there were 8,023 older adults that had frailty, and of these, 38.6% were also depressed. Similarly, 2,167 older adults were found to have depression, and 40

December 11, 2018
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Exercise found to decrease anxiety and other stress-related disorders

Physical therapists can help promote exercise in patients with anxiety


These findings support the use of exercise for patients with anxiety or stress disorder, and the researchers suggested that it should therefore be considered a viable opti

December 5, 2018
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Older adults with knee arthritis benefit from a home-exercise program

Home-exercise program leads to superior results, with most patients adhering to it


Results showed that participants in the home-exercise group experienced significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness and strength compared to the control g

November 27, 2018
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Low back pain patients who see PT first spend less

PT First is associated with benefits across the board


Based on the data collected, it was found that the incidence rate of LBP was 82.7 for every 1,000 patients. Of the patients who had LBP, about 80% had no physical therapy, while 8.7% saw

November 20, 2018
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Review shows exercise therapy one of the best shoulder treatments

Despite low quality of evidence, exercise is still recommended for patients with SIS


On the whole, results were supportive of both exercise therapy and manual therapy for SIS patients. For pain alone, studies showed that manual therapy was s

November 13, 2018
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Exercise found to reduce risk of experiencing episodes of neck pain

Exercise identified as an effective strategy for preventing neck pain


Two of the five RCTs investigated the use of exercise programs, and researchers deemed that there was moderate-quality evidence that exercise does substantially reduce the

November 6, 2018
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Spine strengthening exercises lead to improvements

Results showed that patients who followed the physical therapist-led exercise program experienced several significant improvements when compared to the control group. Most importantly, the angle of the curvature of the spine reduced by an average of 3

November 1, 2018
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Reducing elbow injury in young pitchers requires effective prevention

If an injury of any sort does occur, it's important to carefully discuss the details of it with the player, and to include their parents. Although many players and parents may have difficulty accepting that playing time needs to be stopped for a perio

October 30, 2018
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Two types of strength exercises lead to improvements for tennis elbow

After one year, results showed that patients in both groups improved in their scores for pain and muscle strength, but the eccentric exercise group experienced greater overall improvements. This was based on the fact that the eccentric group reported

October 23, 2018
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Elbow injuries of the ulnar collateral ligament don't require surgery

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a band of tissue that connects the inside of the upper arm bone to the inside of the forearm at the elbow. It helps to support and stabilize the arm during movements like throwing a ball, but is commonly injured

October 16, 2018
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Hands-on movement by PT have a positive effect on tennis elbow

Overall, results were supportive of the effectiveness of joint mobilizations for tennis elbow. In particular, high-quality evidence was found that showed two types of joint mobilization-mobilization with movement (MWM) and Mill's manipulation-were mor

October 9, 2018
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Balance training improves sports performance & may reduce injury risk

Overall, results were supportive of balance training in both applications. For the first focus of the review on athletic performance, the sports most commonly studied were soccer, basketball, and handball. The majority of these studies found signific

September 25, 2018
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Review finds that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent falls

A total of 54 RCTs with 39 different interventions focused on the risk of falls that caused injury, and the findings from these studies showed that some of the most effective interventions for reducing this risk included exercise, vision assessment, an

September 18, 2018
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Two exercises programs are effective in reducing falls in older men

Results showed that both aerobic and resistance exercises on their own were more effective than no exercise for reducing risk factors for falls such as balance, posture control, mobility and leg strength; however, combining these two types of exercise

September 13, 2018
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Bracing & balance training reduce the risk for ankle sprains

On the whole, results from the studies reviewed showed that balance training and bracing were both effective for reducing the risk and incidence of ankle sprains. Two of the three studies that evaluated bracing found that patients who wore these brace

September 11, 2018
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Exercise program is the most effective in reducing falls

Researchers found that the first step in reducing fall risk is to identify at-risk patients. This is accomplished by having patients check in with their healthcare provider yearly to report any falls or difficulties with gait and balance and to have a

September 4, 2018
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Knee arthritis patient outcomes affected by significant hip weakness

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition in which cartilage that normally protects a joint gradually wears down over the course of time, which leads to pain and other symptoms when the bones begin rubbing against one another. OA can develop in any joint, bu

August 28, 2018
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Patients treated with rehabilitation are less likely to use narcotics

Of the 52,504 NTKP patients examined, only 11% received any type of rehabilitation services for their condition at any time. Of the patients who were rehabilitated with physical therapy and other treatments, 52% began treatment within 15 days of their

August 24, 2018
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Improvements from PT for knee pain maintained by patients for 3 years

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)-sometimes referred to as runner's knee-is a painful condition that's particularly common in physically active individuals. Patients with PFPS typically experience a dull ache behind or around the kneecap that gets w

August 21, 2018
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Course of exercise yields similar results as surgery for knee injury

Overall, exercise therapy and surgery were found to lead to similar outcomes in knee pain, function, and performance for patients with meniscal lesions. Exercise therapy, however, was more effective for improving muscle strength than surgery after a s

August 16, 2018
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