Physical Therapy Articles & Stories

Physical Therapy, Not A Knee Brace, Aids In ACL Recovery

Physical Therapy, Not A Knee Brace, Aids In ACL Recovery

Wearing a knee brace following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery has no discernable impact on a person's recovery. However, strength, range-of-motion, and functionality exercises provide important benefits, and other emerging therapies show promise. Read More


Hand Use Following Spinal Cord Injury Improved by Noninvasive Stimulation

Hand Use Following Spinal Cord Injury Improved by Noninvasive Stimulation

Through the use of noninvasive stimulation, researchers were able to temporarily improve the capacities of individuals with spinal cord injuries to use their hands. Published in Current Biology, the findings hold promise in the treatment of thousands of individuals in the U.S. alone who suffer... Read More


Stroke Patients Can Get Back On Their Feet with Home Rehabilitation

Stroke Patients Can Get Back On Their Feet with Home Rehabilitation

Stroke patients who received physical therapy at home improved their ability to walk just as well as those who were treated in a training program that requires the use of a body-weight supported treadmill device followed by walking practice. This is according to the largest stroke rehabilitati... Read More


Muscle Endurance Tests Can Detect Early Stages of Multiple Sclerosis

Muscle Endurance Tests Can Detect Early Stages of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that causes periodic attacks of neurologic symptoms such as limb weakness and mobility defects. And although such patients' walking abilities and muscle strength are monitored on a regular basis, physicians are still unable to determine when th... Read More


Physical Therapy Benefits Parkinson's Patients

Physical Therapy Benefits Parkinson's Patients

Individuals with Parkinson's benefit from physical therapy over the short term, according to researchers from the University of Birmingham, UK. The study was reported in the British Medical Journal. The management of Parkinson's disease has traditionally focused on drug treatment. However, doc... Read More


Protect Your Knees: Exercise

Protect Your Knees: Exercise

Taking care of your knees is important, and something that's been debated for a while is whether or not exercise is helpful or harmful to knees. However, a new report released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) titled "What is the Effect of Physical Activity on the Knee Joint? A... Read More


Glimmer of Hope for Spine-Injury Victims

Glimmer of Hope for Spine-Injury Victims

It's just in rats for now, but scientists have induced spinal cord regrowth by taking tiny nerves from the rib cage, bathing them in a growth-inducing protein, and then grafting them into the area of the cut spinal cord. "By using tiny nerves from the rib cage as cables connecting the severed... Read More


9 Benefits of Drinking Coffee

9 Benefits of Drinking Coffee

For people with sensitive nerves and stomachs, coffee can be an irritant. But for the 87 percent of Americans who drink coffee daily at an average of 8 ounces a day, there are many benefits. Here are nine of them: Weight loss. Coffee stimulates the metabolism, so it’s hardly surpris... Read More


Radical Cooling May Minimize Spinal Cord Damage

Radical Cooling May Minimize Spinal Cord Damage

When a person breaks his or her neck, the delicate and vital nerve tissue of the spinal cord can be torn, setting in motion a cascade of dying nerves up and down the spine. But a new technique that runs icy cold brine into the veins of spine injury victims to reduce their body temperature t... Read More


Anti-Arthritis Benefits of Ancient China's Qigong

Anti-Arthritis Benefits of Ancient China's Qigong

An old Chinese healing-energy practice has potential for helping patients with knee arthritis, recent research suggests. The Chinese technique, known as qigong (pronounced chee-gong), utilizes the supposed flows of chi (qi), or energy, in practitioner and patient to bring healing to a variety... Read More



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