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Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain

Source: Scientific American

Joint disorders and low back pain consistently rate among the most common reasons U.S. adults visit their doctors. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for these conditions, but many patients are not able to access the care they need.

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An Overview of Physical Therapy

Source: Verywell Health

Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty that includes the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of individuals with limitations in functional mobility.

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The merits of physical therapy

Source: MedicalXpress

Physical therapy programs are customized to your needs with specific exercises designed to help you heal, return to the activities you love and keep you from re-aggravating your injury.

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Multi-tasking protein at the root of neuropathic pain

Source: MedicalXpress

In a study published on July 25 in Journal of Neuroscience, the team explains how a protein previously implicated in neuron growth and cell adhesion is also critical for the development of pain sensitization.

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FDA approves 9 generic versions of nerve pain drug Lyrica

Source: MedicalXpress

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic copies of a popular, pricey pill for nerve pain.

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How aerobic exercise and resistance training preserves muscle mass in obese older adults

Source: MedicalXpress

As obesity increases in aging Western populations, frailty—which is exacerbated by obesity—is becoming a greater health concern and a major healthcare cost.

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Does Foam Rolling Help Sports Tissue Injuries?

Source: Medscape

Foam rolling has become increasingly popular in recent years. However, scientific evidence supporting its health benefits is still scarce, says Dr Christian Baumgart, a German expert on performance diagnostics and exercise science at the University of Wuppertal, Germany.

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Home exercise program reduces rate of falling in at-risk seniors

Source: Science Daily

An in-home exercise program reduced subsequent falls in high-risk seniors by 36%, according the results of a 12-month clinical trial.

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Physical therapy clinic introduces new way to heal

Source: Bworldonline.com

LOOKING for ways to better serve its clients and expand the services it offers, physical therapy clinic Almario Physio Team (APT) has come with a new program which it touts as an “error-free method” for treating recurring pain.

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Stretches for tight hips: Tips and how to do them

Source: Medical News Today

Targeted exercises and stretches can alleviate tight hips, a problem that occurs when tension builds up in the hip flexors and other muscles around the hips.

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7 stretches and exercises for scoliosis

Source: Medical News Today

Scoliosis causes the spine to curve sideways, causing pain, weakness, and changes in the way a person walks. Exercise and stretching are vital components of treatment.

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Direct access to physical therapy may provide advantages in health care

Source: Healio

In August 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., signed into law a bill that would allow patients in Illinois to seek out the services of a physical therapist without a referral from a physician or orthopedic surgeon. This expands previous policies on direct access to physical therapy for patients.

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Diabetes linked to back pain

Source: ScienceDaily

People with diabetes have a 35 percent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 percent higher risk of having neck pain

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Mindfulness-based stress reduction may help ease chronic pain

Source: Mdlnx

People with chronic pain may experience as much of a decline in symptoms with mindfulness-based, stress-reduction training as they do with cognitive behavioral therapy, a small research review suggests

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How young adults experience pain affects self-injury

Source: ScienceDaily

Study shows that young adults may hurt themselves on purpose, specifically to feel physical pain

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Early physical therapy may reduce long-term opioid use in opioid-naive patients with musculoskeletal pain

Source: Healio

Early physical therapy may correlate with a decrease in long-term and low-intensity opioid use for pain in musculoskeletal regions among opioid-naïve patients, according to recently published results.

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What kind of physical exercise can help you stay young?

Source: Medical News Today

Endurance training, resistance training, or high-intensity interval training — what type of physical exercise will help your body to stay youthful for longer? A new study aims to answer that question.

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Exercises to Relieve a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

Source: Healthline

A pinched nerve is a damaged or compressed nerve. It develops when a nerve root is injured or inflamed. The nerve root is the part where a nerve branches off from the spinal cord.

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Pain: Perception and motor impulses arise in brain independently of one another

Source: Medical Xpress

Pain is a negative sensation that we want to get rid of as soon as possible. In order to protect our bodies, we react by withdrawing the hand from heat, for example. This action is usually understood as the consequence of the perception of pain. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown that perception, the impulse to act and provision of energy to do so, take place in the brain simultaneously, and not, as was expected, one after the other.

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Can video game exercises help chronic low back pain?

Source: Science Daily

Home-based video-game exercises can reduce chronic low back pain in older people by 27 percent, which is comparable to benefits gained under programs supervised by a physiotherapist, new research has found.

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Virtual reality can reduce pain and increase performance during exercise

Source: Science Daily

Using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets while exercising can reduce pain and increase how long someone can sustain an activity, according to new research.

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Patients on Opioids OK With Lower Doses

Source: HealthDay

Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren't unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests.

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Physical therapy could lower need for opioids, but lack of money and time are hurdles

Source: Medical Xpress

Physical therapists help people walk again after a stroke and recover after injury or surgery, but did you know they also prevent exposure to opioids? This is timely, given we are in a public health emergencyrelated to an opioid crisis.

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Diaphragm linked to chronic low back pain, study shows

Source: Medical Xpress

Researchers of the Physical Therapy and Medicine departments of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University recently published a study on patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain, in which they conducted the first clinical trial of the effectiveness of osteopathic manual therapy with or without specific techniques on the diaphragm.

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How to treat muscle knots

Source: Medical News Today

Muscle knots are small, bump-like areas of muscle that can be painful to the touch. The medical term for muscle knots is myofascial trigger points. These knots occur when muscle fibers or the bands of tissue called fascia underneath them tense and tighten.

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Future wearable device could tell how we power human movement

Source: Science Daily

For athletes and weekend warriors alike, returning from a tendon injury too soon often ensures a trip right back to physical therapy. However, a new technology could one day help tell whether your tendons are ready for action.

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What causes calf muscle pain?

Source: Medical News Today

There are a variety of conditions that can affect the calf muscles, as well as the blood vessels and other structures around it. Fortunately, many of the causes of calf pain are easily treatable.

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Are Pricey Orthotic Insoles Worth It for Heel Pain?

Source: HealthDay

For people with chronic heel pain, costly "custom" shoe inserts are probably a waste of money, a new research review suggests.

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New Therapy May Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines

Source: HealthDay

The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first of a new class of drugs aimed at warding off the headaches.

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Physical Therapy is Best Choice for Pain Management

Source: Medical Xpress

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain reported.
People with chronic pain conditions unrelated to cancer often depend on prescription opioids to manage their pain. As the volume of opioid usage has increased, so has the misuse, abuse and overdose of these drugs in Kentucky and across the United States.

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Swimming is an effective part of the treatment for fibromyalgia, study suggests

Source: Science Daily

Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, that experience chronic diffuse non-inflammatory pain in the musculoskeletal system deriving from malfunctioning of the system that transmits and modulates the transmission of nervous stimuli between the periphery of the body and the brain. The study involved 75 sedentary women who had fibromyalgia.

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Opioid exposure tied to higher odds of low testosterone levels

Source: Medical xpress

The researchers found that the odds of having low testosterone levels were higher for participants on opioids versus unexposed participants (odds ratio, 1.40). The odds of having low testosterone levels increased significantly in all categories as the age and number of comorbidities increased, after adjustment for opioid exposure.

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Motivation to move: Study finds mild exercise helps decrease pain and improve activity level in older adults

Source: Science Daily

It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and that includes older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, according to a study. Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that a low-impact exercise program in senior centers in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing, Queens communities helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life for many participants.

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Physical therapy offers alternative to opiods for managing pain

Source: The Lake News Online

Prescription opioid use is causing a health crisis in the U.S. Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have deaths related to prescription opioids, as well as deaths related to heroine. The American Physical Therapy Association makes the following points about the risks of prescription opioids.

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