Post and Courier
Letters to the Editor: Specialty care cuts
Even though National Physical Therapy Month has passed, we would like to recognize the important work physical therapists can provide to help patients manage pain and live healthier, more independent…
How Physical Therapy Can Help You Relive Your Fitness Glory Days
A weird thing happens when we get really invested in a sport, like running or skateboarding or intramural basketball or goat yoga: Eventually, in some way or another, we get injured….
Health plans don’t want patients on opioids. So what are they doing for pain?
The national effort to curb the opioid crisis faces another big potential obstacle — insurers who won’t pay for less-addictive ways to control patients’ pain.
Why are Americans in so much pain?
Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. The gun was intended to kill himself. The…
Physical therapy has a new ally: AI
Millions of people undergo physical therapy (PT) each year — about 9 million in the U.S. alone, in fact. On average, they spend weeks performing rehabilitory exercises that last between…
Physical Therapy by Video Is Hot New Trend
Experts predict that the digital health market is going to be the hottest trend this year and that by 2020 the industry is expected to generate $206 billion.
Risk and Insurance
Pain Management Task Force Releases Best Practices for Fighting Chronic Pain
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force released new guidance for pain management in the United States in the age of the opioid epidemic.
Training physical therapists to be advocates, too
Last summer, Ashley Wallace took a deep breath as she stepped into Assembly member Patrick O’Donnell’s office. “I was incredibly nervous,” she recalled. “I had been preparing to make sure…
Insurance system blocks comprehensive pain treatment
Philadelphia has made numerous efforts to address the opioid epidemic—but too little has been done to increase access to non-opioid treatments for pain. Guidelines such as those written by the CDC and the…
HEALTH MATTERS: For joint replacement patients, ‘prehab’ makes the difference
Hip or knee replacement surgery used to require a lengthy hospital stay for recuperation, followed by rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility. In 1990 the average length of a hospital…