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New Technologies in Physical Therapy

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As part of National Physical Therapy Month, it seems natural to extend the conversation about the amazing care being provided by our nations’ Physical Therapists to also touch on new technologies that are or will soon be available.  As in every industry, technology is having an impact, and in the world of physical therapy, advancements are helping to improve treatments and provide greater access to care.

The History and Impact of Physical Therapy

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The year was 435 BC when Hippocrates began advocating the use of massage, hydrotherapy, and manual therapy techniques to treat his patients.  This is believed to have been the very first origins of what would become today’s physical therapy.

2017 Physical Therapy Trends and Treatments

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As a continuation of our content geared toward Physical Therapy Month, we decided it was time to look at newer developments in PT treatments and industry trends.  With the Opioid epidemic in our country, it is clear that Physical therapy is going to play a major role in pain management over prescription treatments. Here are some others we found enlightening.

5 of the Best Physical Therapy Apps

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By now, most physical therapists are using tablets or other mobile devices during their interactions with patients.  From demonstrating how a therapy exercise should be performed to illustrating how different parts of the anatomy work together, technology has become an invaluable tool in every facet of the healthcare industry.

Trends in Hospital Patient Care

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The Health Care industry continues its rapid evolution partly in response to legislative changes and also due to technological advances and financial pressures.  As one would expect with all of the industry tumult, patient care is undergoing its share of change as well.  Let’s take a brief look at four emerging trends hospital patients are seeing in 2017.

Healthcare Risk Management in Practice

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Almost every major industry in the United States has some form of risk management as a component of their daily operations.  Arguably, in no industry is risk management as important as it is in healthcare, in fact, it can mean the difference between life and death.

Five Healthcare Topics to Watch in 2017

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As we find ourselves at the mid-point of the year, there has been a myriad of developments in the healthcare industry, including the imminent debate on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Since there seems to be no shortage of industry storylines, let’s look at five key healthcare topics to keep an eye on through the rest of 2017.

June is Men’s Health Month

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Across the United States each year, the month of June is recognized as National Men’s Health Month to heighten the awareness, early detection, and treatment of preventable health problems for men and boys.  As we have covered in this space previously, men are less likely to have regularly scheduled visits with their primary care doctor and Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to encourage men and boys to reverse that trend.  To start the conversation, below are five preventable health threats for men in the United States.

Current Trends in Nursing 2017

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Everyone in the healthcare field knows that the one constant in our profession is change! From changing legislation and regulations to changing technologies, each year we see new trends emerge.  Nursing professionals are typically exposed to the most change as they are navigating the front lines of patient care.  Let’s examine a few current trends that will impact nursing in 2017 and beyond.

What’s Next for Physical Therapy Patients?

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We’ve all read the news stories touting the benefits of physical therapy across the entire continuum of care.  Physical Therapy interventions are now being studied as a pain management alternative in the fight against opioid addiction, and even the burgeoning home health industry has found its way to PT providers.  These topics have been in industry news a lot lately, but there are many other emerging trends on the horizon for physical therapy that you may not have heard about yet; let’s take a look at just a few of them.

Latest Trends in Physical Therapy

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As is the case with most healthcare careers, Physical Therapy is experiencing rapid growth and an increasingly diverse range of career opportunities.  With the month of October being an annual month of recognition for those in the Physical Therapy field, let’s take a look at a few of the trends that are driving the growth and opportunity.

Taking a Look at the State of Evidence-based Medicine

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Originally established in the 1970’s, the first published paper coining “Evidence-based Medicine” (EBM)  appeared in 1990.  In its simplest form, Evidence-based Medicine is the utilization of the current, best evidence and statistical analysis in making decisions about the care of individual patients.  The second role that EBM plays in modern healthcare is in the context of medical education.  In recent years, the term “evidence-based” is being applied to a broad range of activities throughout the health care system.

Nurses Role in the Opioid Epidemic

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The raw numbers are staggering.  Each day, 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose.  Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled in the past six years, with a 39% increase between 2012 and 2013 alone.  Nearly half of all opioid overdoses involve a prescribed medicine, while sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. have quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.  Clearly, there is an opioid crisis in our country and it has reached epidemic proportions.  Let’s examine the role that nursing professionals can play in addressing this opioid epidemic.

How the 2016 Presidential Election Will Impact Healthcare

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The 2016 presidential election is still over five months away, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dominating the 24-hour news cycle.  For simplicity sake, we are going to examine the positions of the two presumptive nominees for the Democrat and Republican Party.  Unless something other-worldly occurs, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the respective party nominees so let’s take a look at their healthcare policy statements.  NOTE: The information used for this comparison has been published by both campaigns, and neither candidate is being endorsed through this writing.

6 Reasons Men Avoid the Doctor

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We get it; men are supposed to be tough.  Men are wired to be the fixers of problems and pain is “only temporary”.  While more fiction than fact, those statements do have some truth to them, but what about when it comes to healthcare.  Surveys show that more than 50% of men avoid going to see their physician and most claim that they only visit their doctor when really sick.

The Latest Technology for SLP Professionals

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).  An annual series of events designated to raising awareness about communication disorders and highlighting the Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and Audiologist professionals who are dedicated to providing treatment.  The theme for 2016 is “Communication Takes Care”, with the focus being how today’s personal technology and its overuse can be harmful to the long-term development of communication skills.

How Hospitals are Benefiting by Using Travel Nurse Staffing

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Hospitals and other facilities rely on travel nurses for a variety of reasons, including providing coverage while the full-time staff is being recruited and hired, coverage for long-term absences, and support during busier seasons of the year.  Let’s take a look at other ways that Hospitals are benefiting through of use of Travel nurse professionals.

5 Nursing Technologies Improving Patient Care

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In the past, part of the appeal for science fiction movies was imagining how life would be if some of the wondrous technologies being portrayed on the big screen became a reality.  Today, if we sat down and watched some of those science fiction movies from the 1970’s, we would probably chuckle at the technologies that we thought were unattainable back then. 

Current Trends in Nursing 2016

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As the nation celebrates Nurses Week 2016, let’s take a look at a few of the trends that will continue impacting our nursing professionals who are working on the frontlines of healthcare.  While it is clear that the healthcare industry, in general, will continue its evolution throughout the rest of this decade and beyond, one could also say that nurses bear the most weight of this changing landscape. 

Occupational Therapy Trends for 2016

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Consistently ranked near the top of the listings of best jobs in healthcare, Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) have a career with a very bright future.  As people are working well into their 60’s and the baby boomer generation ages, therapies that help individuals maintain their independence, recover from ailments and improve the quality of life will remain in high demand.