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Exercise program is the most effective in reducing falls

Controversy and uncertainty exist despite extensive research Up to 35% of older adults fall each year, and falls are the main cause of injury, injury-related disability, and death in this population. In addition to the physical and economic repercussions, falls can also have a psychological impact, as older adults who fall often develop a fear […]

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Knee arthritis patient outcomes affected by significant hip weakness

Understanding the role of hip strength can help improve treatments 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, but is most […]

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Patients treated with rehabilitation are less likely to use narcotics

The incidence of knee-related conditions has been increasing Knee pain and knee osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to collectively as non-traumatic knee pain (NTKP), is very common in individuals aged 65 and older. Statistics have shown that the incidence of these conditions in older adults has increased by 65% over the past 20 years, with rates doubling […]

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Improvements from PT for knee pain maintained by patients for 3 years

Long-term effects of treatment are questionable and have not been studied well 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 worse with running or going up or down stairs. […]

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Course of exercise yields similar results as surgery for knee injury

Physical therapy may be utilized either instead of or after surgery The meniscus is a crescent-shaped piece of cartilage between the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia), and its job is to stabilize the knee and absorb shock. Damage to the meniscus, which is called a meniscal lesion, can occur from an injury or due […]

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ACL surgery patients similar outcomes as ones treated non-operatively

Patients’ expectations are not often met after surgery Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are one of the most common injuries in athletes. These injuries are seen in a variety of sports, but athletes who participate in sports that involve lots of cutting movements-like basketball, soccer and football-are at a particularly high risk. Once an ACL […]

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Education program explaining pain is beneficial for patient outcomes

Patients generally want to learn more about their pain Pain is necessary for our survival and something that we all experience to a certain degree from time to time. But dealing with pain on a regular or constant basis is not normal and requires appropriate treatment to address it. In addition to treating what’s called […]

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Thigh muscle exercises are beneficial for knee condition patients

Updated review of studies needed Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most commonly reported injuries in the field of sports medicine. The condition is most prevalent in runners and active individuals, and individuals who have it experience pain behind and around the kneecap that tends to get worse with squatting, prolonged sitting and […]

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Pitching consecutive days in youth softball leads to pain & weakness

Popularity of softball is growing rapidly in the U.S. Fast-pitch softball is one of the most popular and fastest growing sports among youth females, and the number of high school softball players in the U.S. is nearing that of baseball. But there is one major difference between the two sports: the mechanics of pitching a […]

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6 weeks of PT leads to improvements for athletes dislocated shoulder

One shoulder dislocation increases the risk of injuring it again in the future The shoulder is the most frequently dislocated joint in the body, which is mainly due to the difference in size between the large end of the upper arm bone (humerus) and the small space it fits into (glenoid cavity). Shoulder dislocations usually […]

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