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Using ACP’s Fall Prevention and Balance Program to Reduce Falls and Improve Patient Outcomes

Posted by ACP on Mar 22, 2019 4:49:03 PM

According to the CDC, falls are not only a serious health risk, they carry a high economic burden as well. For older adults in the US, fall mortality rates have increased by 30% from 2007 to 2016. In 2015, the total medical cost for falls was more than $50 billion with Medicare and Medicaid accounting for 75% of these costs. The statistics related to falls are astounding.Each year:¹

• Three million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries
• 800,000+ patients are hospitalized due to a fall-related injury, most often head injury or hip fracture
• A typical nursing home with 100 residents reports about 100-200 falls
– 35% of injuries due to falls occur in residents who do not ambulate
• 24% (most common cause) of falls among elderly nursing home residents are due to muscle weakness and gait problems, whereas 16-27%, on average, are due to environmental hazards

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip

Optimizing Trunk Posture to Improve Aerobic Capacity

Posted by ACP on Feb 18, 2019 1:17:09 PM

Proper trunk positioning is an essential component of optimal aerobic capacity training. Poor positioning of the head, neck, shoulders, trunk, and pelvis during aerobic exercise may compromise an individual’s ability to reach optimal functional outcomes.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary, Orthopedic

Clinical Efficacy and Treatment Efficiency with Group Therapy

Posted by ACP on Jan 22, 2019 9:09:35 AM

Increasing emphasis on the value of care over the volume of care provides opportunity to incorporate different therapy delivery modes. Therapy delivered in a group format offers benefits over traditional one-on-one therapy that include increased socialization, independence with exercise, and improved transference of learning.

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Topics: Clinical Tip

60 Years of Evidence Based Practice: Ultrasound Application, Parameters, and Dosimetry

Posted by ACP on Jan 8, 2019 10:05:03 AM

Gersten’s 1955 article on the effect of ultrasound on tendon extensibility began six decades of continuous published research, which has demonstrated the tried and true benefits of ultrasound. 1 These benefits include pain reduction, a high degree of patient comfort and acceptability, increased cellular microcirculation, relaxation of trigger points and improved collagen extensibility. All of these physiological benefits are dependent on proper dosage and application technique. Ultrasound can provide both mechanical and thermal effects. An effective, skilled ultrasound treatment requires the use of high-quality ultrasound equipment, evidence-based patient-specific parameters, the appropriate treatment area, proper transducer movement speed, and optimal incorporation of the treatment with other therapy procedures.

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip, Orthopedic

Biophysical Agent Options to Reduce Edema In Subacute Rehab

Posted by ACP on Dec 18, 2018 9:58:11 PM
If post-surgical or post-traumatic edema is present, a primary therapy goal is to reduce it. Edema increases pain, decreases  muscle force output in the affected limb, and retards tissue healing. Below are four ways to address edema by increasing local  circulation with physical agent modalities.
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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip, Orthopedic

Shoulder Rehabilitation Using Isometrics and Biophysical Agents

Posted by ACP on Dec 16, 2018 8:32:06 PM

Shoulder range of motion, strength, and function are vital to self-care and everyday activities such as dressing, bathing, lifting and carrying items, and putting away groceries. With advanced age individuals may experience a variety of shoulder impairments including arthritis, rotator cuff tears, impingement, and fractures. These issues can result in pain, decreased motion, impaired strength, and reduced function.

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip, Orthopedic

Traditional Interferential Current (IFC) orPremodulated (PREMOD) IFC for Pain Relief

Posted by ACP on Dec 8, 2018 9:14:35 AM

IFC has been shown to be effective for treating multiple types of pain in locations throughout the body.1,2 Both traditional IFC and PREMOD IFC can be done at sensory and motor levels. Sensory settings provide segmental pain relief that is fast-acting and lasts for several hours. Motor stimulation tends to be slower-acting, but may relieve pain for up to 8 hours via segmental and systemic pain modulation. Available options in the OmniStim® Pro and OmniVersa® electrical stimulation devices include:

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip

OmniVR® “Virtual Reality” and Visual Field Deficits

Posted by ACP on Dec 3, 2018 6:35:37 PM

Stroke is a common diagnosis in rehabilitation and resultant visual field disorders can be a significant barrier to a successful rehabilitation program.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Optimizing Head, Neck and Trunk Positioning to Impact Swallow Performance and Safety

Posted by ACP on Nov 15, 2018 9:59:00 AM
Swallow efficacy and safety are influenced by more than oropharyngeal muscle strength and performance. Head and neck positioning and posture can have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to effectively and safely swallow. Poor positioning can develop as a result of advanced age, neurologic impairment, and musculoskeletal involvement. The incidence of postural malalignment of the head, neck, and shoulders is increasing as a result of repetitive poor positioning with the use of computers and hand-held devices.
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Topics: Dysphagia, Clinical Tip

Application of Biophysical Agents Over Acupoints for the Treatment of Pain

Posted by ACP on Oct 22, 2018 4:47:05 PM

Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Over the past few decades, the practice of acupuncture has been accepted in the United States for the treatment of various conditions, including pain management. Traditional acupuncture treatment involves inserting needles at various well-defined points known as “acupoints”. In contrast to needles, research demonstrates that the stimulation of acupoints with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and therapeutic ultrasound also reduces pain1, 2.  

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip

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