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Medicare costs for physical therapy are lower

These results show that physical therapy has the lowest Medicare costs of the three treatments analyzed for LBP and that these costs are even lower if patients begin treatment within the first 15 days of being diagnosed. In some cases, this can wind u

June 15, 2018
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Therapy reduces pain and stiffness in patients with knee arthritis

Results showed that manual therapy was found to significantly reduce pain, alleviate stiffness and improve the physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. These positive effects of manual therapy occurred with less than four weeks of treat

June 7, 2018
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Exercise therapy leads to better flexibility for jaw condition

After completing the systematic review and meta-analysis, researchers found that exercise therapy reduced pain and improved the range of motion (flexibility) of patients with TMJs. The improvements in flexibility came primarily from programs that emph

June 1, 2018
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Older PT patients treated before hip surgery show better outcomes

Results indicated that patients who underwent preoperative physical therapy experienced a number of benefits and better outcomes compared to those who did not. In particular, preoperative physical therapy patients reported significantly greater gains

May 31, 2018
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PT Referral is Down While Opioid Use is Up?

Based on the surveys analyzed, approximately 170 million patients visited a doctor for complaints related to LBP. From these visits, 17.1 million patients were referred to physical therapy, which equated to a referral rate of 10.1%. From 1997 to 2010

May 24, 2018
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Patients with a particular type of knee pain are more overweight

The results of this systematic review and meta-analysis showed that the BMI of adults with patellofemoral pain and knee OA was generally higher than the BMI of healthy individuals without knee pain that they were compared to. When it came to adolescen

May 18, 2018
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Patients who undergo therapy before surgery spend less on care after

These findings support the use of preoperative physical therapy-or prehabilitation-in patients preparing for hip or knee replacement surgery, as it can reduce the need for patient care and its associated costs following the procedure. Individuals who

May 17, 2018
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Hands- on therapy is beneficial for carpal tunnel and reduces pain

Results showed that both treatments led to improvements, as patients experienced less pain, greater function, and fewer symptoms after completing the interventions. Patients in the manual therapy group, however, reported even greater improvements than

May 14, 2018
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PT after knee surgery leads to improvements in function & flexibility

Results of the systematic review and meta-analysis were generally supportive of the use of physical therapy after meniscus surgery. This was based on several studies that found a positive effect of various types of physical therapy treatments utilized

May 10, 2018
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PT after shoulder surgery responsible for a faster recovery

Following a course of physical therapy should be the norm after surgery


Results showed that after 12 months, patients in the physical therapy group improved significantly more than those who received usual care. This was based on better ques

May 4, 2018
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Home exercise and physical therapy beneficial for hand fractures

After 12 weeks, results showed that both groups improved in all of the measurements taken. In particular, both the physical therapy and home-exercise group experienced similar improvements in grip strength and hand function, with no major differences

May 3, 2018
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Guidelines recommend treatments like exercise for meniscus tears

Based on these findings, if you have knee pain that may be related to a meniscus tear, it appears that your best option is to see a physical therapist first and follow a course of exercise therapy. These carefully designed exercises will target your p

April 27, 2018
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Opioids do not provide any benefit to OTC meds for low back pain

Neither added drug brings about any greater improvements than placebo


Overall, results indicated that neither the muscle relaxant nor the opioid provided any added benefit to the NSAID for LBP patients. This was based on the fact that measur

April 25, 2018
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Opioids are not found to be more effective for relieving pain

Opioids and non-opioids lead to very similar outcomes


Overall, results showed that patients who received opioids improved to a very similar extent compared to those who received non-opioids. In particular, the opioid group improved from a sc

April 20, 2018
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Guidelines recommend education, physical therapy, and exercise

The results of this study identified a number of treatments that were recommended by all of the guidelines reviewed. For acute LBP (pain that has only lasted for up to six weeks), the following recommendations were found in all the guidelines: advice

April 19, 2018
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Patients receiving expensive and risky treatment for knee surgery

Results showed that in the year prior to having knee replacement surgery, most patients (66%) received at least one of the analyzed treatments for their knee osteoarthritis, which cost an average of $506 per patient. The three most commonly used treat

April 12, 2018
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Physical therapy found to be more effective for carpal tunnel

After one year, results showed that patients in both groups experienced improvements from their treatments. In particular, these patients reported less intense pain and less sensitivity to pain at both six and 12 months after treatment. The manual th

April 10, 2018
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Surgery and therapy lead to very similar outcomes for hip conditions

Despite its popularity, surgery does not lead to better outcomes than physical therapy


Over the course of two years, the results primarily showed that physical therapy and surgery led to very similar outcomes for patients. In particular, the

April 6, 2018
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Prevention program reduces ankle sprains in the athletic population

Proprioceptive training found to be effective for reducing patients' risk for ankle sprains


The results of this review generally showed that the proprioceptive training was in fact effective for reducing the risk for ankle sprains in active i

March 30, 2018
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Surgery and physical therapy lead to similar result for carpal tunnel

Results showed that after one month, patients in the manual therapy group experienced significantly greater improvements in function, the seriousness of their symptoms and pinch grip strength than those in the surgery group. After six and 12 months, t

March 29, 2018
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