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What to know about exercises for spinal stenosis

Source:Medical News Today

Certain exercises can help a person with spinal stenosis improve strength and maintain mobility. Examples include knee hugs, pelvic tilts, hip bridges, calf stretches, and more.

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Can stretching replace other types of exercise? Fitness experts explain positives and negatives of the latest trend

Source:Medical Xpress

Stretching isn't new, of course. But the recent focus on extensive one-on-one sessions with stretching specialists has inspired a new layer of businesses within the fitness industry.

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Researchers find more action is needed to prevent arthritis after knee reconstruction surgery

Source:Medical Xpress

The prevalence of early knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms faced by patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is staggering—but not much is being done to address it, according to new research published by scholars from Michigan State University's Department of Kinesiology.

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Biking revealed to be associated with less knee pain later in life

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A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reveals that people who participated in regular bicycling over their lifetime had a lower prevalence of frequent knee pain, radiographic osteoarthritis (ROA) and symptomatic radiographic osteoarthritis (SOA).

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How long does it take to recover after a shoulder impingement?

Source:Medical News Today

Shoulder impingements are common injuries that can take between a few weeks to 6 months to heal. In people with severe cases, this time can increase to a year.

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Exercise apps do not meet older people's needs, according to study

Source:Medical Xpress

There does not appear to be any profound differences between so-called exposure-based CBT and traditional CBT in the treatment of fibromyalgia, according to a study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. Both forms of treatment produced a significant reduction in symptoms in people affected by the disease.

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Regular physical activity may boost the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine

Source:Medical Xpress

Regular physical activity may boost the effectiveness of the COVID-19 jab, with the level of protection afforded against serious infection rising in tandem with the amount of physical activity done, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Physical therapy preferred vs. arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for meniscal tears

Source:Healio

Exercise-based physical therapy remained noninferior to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy regarding function and should be the preferred treatment for patients aged 45 to 70 years with degenerative meniscal tears, according to results.

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Mindfulness meditation reduces pain by separating it from the self

Source:Medical Xpress

The study, published July 7, 2022 in Pain, showed that mindfulness meditation interrupted the communication between brain areas involved in pain sensation and those that produce the sense of self. In the proposed mechanism, pain signals still move from the body to the brain, but the individual does not feel as much ownership over those pain sensations, so their pain and suffering are reduced.

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Q and A: Strategies for staying active with joint pain

Source:Medical Xpress

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I enjoy an active lifestyle, from gardening to playing golf, cross-country skiing and participating in water fitness. I also walk daily. My knees have begun to bother me, and I am noticing some other aches and pains. I don't want to have to cut back on the activities I love. What can I do to reduce joint issues and cope with joint pain?

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Physical therapy noninferior to arthroscopic surgery for meniscal tear

Source:Medical Xpress

Exercise-based physical therapy is noninferior to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for patient-reported knee function at five years among patients with a degenerative meniscal tear, according to a study published online July 8 in JAMA Network Open.

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How Knee Pain Is Treated

Source:Verywell Health

Knee pain is an extremely common musculoskeletal problem that frequently causes people to seek medical attention. Whether from osteoarthritis, a sprained ligament or strained muscle, cartilage damage, or tendonitis, many different issues can cause this type of joint discomfort.

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Functional Decline Common in Adults Hospitalized for COVID-19

Source:HealthDay

Forty-five percent of adults hospitalized for COVID-19 experienced functional decline impacting survival, according to a study published online April 30 in PM&R.

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Exercise-based cardiac rehab added to stroke recovery improved strength, cardiac endurance

Source:Medical Xpress

Stroke survivors who completed a cardiac rehabilitation program focused on aerobic exercise, currently not prescribed to stroke survivors, significantly improved their ability to transition from sitting to standing, and how far they could walk during a six-minute walking test, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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What is dynamic stretching and how to do it

Source:Medical News Today

Dynamic stretches are movements performed at a slower pace than most workouts. People tend to do dynamic stretches to warm up their muscles and prepare for exercise.

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Electromagnetic stimulation may improve arm and hand function after spinal cord injury

Source:Medical Xpress

Ghaith Androwis, Ph.D., and Steven Kirshblum, MD, received a grant from BrainQ Technologies to study a potential treatment for arm and hand dysfunction in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. The study is titled, "The safety and effectiveness of the use of a brain-computer interface-based electromagnetic field treatment in the management of patients with chronic spinal cord injury: A pilot study."

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Which Exercise Regimen Works Best to Ease Lower Back Pain?

Source:HealthDay

Chronic lower back pain can make the most routine tasks difficult. But a new study suggests patients can learn new, practical and less painful ways to move through individualized "motor skills training," or MST.

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Physical Therapy for Biceps Tendonitis

Source:Verywell Health

If you have pain in your upper arm or shoulder, you may have irritated your biceps tendon, a condition known as biceps tendonitis. The pain may limit your shoulder motion and make performing normal work and recreational tasks difficult or impossible.

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Physical therapy access may reduce opioid prescriptions

Source:Healtheuropa.eu

A new study has shown that patients who first saw a physical therapist or chiropractor for lower back pain were much less likely to be prescribed opioids.

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Pain during sex? Incontinence or constipation? You might benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy

Source:MedicalXpress

How did I not know this was a pelvic floor issue? Why didn't my doctor send me here sooner? Do you have other patients with problems like mine?

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Physical therapy on postoperative day zero following total knee arthroplasty: A randomized, controlled trial of 394 patients

Source:Mdlnx

A sum of 394 candidates were analyzed to assess the impact of starting formal physical therapy (PT) the afternoon of postoperative day (POD) 0 following total knee arthroplasty, instead of starting PT the morning of POD 1 on the length of stay (LOS) in hospital.

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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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Physical Therapy Can Keep Sports Injuries at Bay

Source:Health Day

Physical therapy helps people recover from sports injuries, but it also can help prevent them, an expert says.

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

Source:The Conversation

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 emergency related to an opioid crisis.

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Medicaid expansion ups access to rehab in young adults with injury

Source:Medicalxpress

(HealthDay)—For young adults hospitalized for injury, the first year of implementation of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act correlated with significant increases in Medicaid coverage, reductions in lack of insurance, and increases in discharge to rehabilitation, according to a study published online June 6 in JAMA Surgery.

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Diaphragm linked to chronic low back pain, study shows

Source:Medicalxpress

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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