Practice Policy Update regarding COVID-19

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  • Functional Decline Common in Adults Hospitalized for COVID-19

    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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  • Novel rehab program improves outcome for older heart-failure patients, study finds

    Using this novel approach, the researchers found that hospitalized older patients with acute heart failure had significant gains in physical function, including balance, mobility, strength and endurance, compared with those receiving usual care, regardless of their heart's squeezing ability (ejection fraction).

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  • New guidelines for treating psychosis

    A proven treatment for psychosis has now been elevated at the highest levels. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) recently issued a statement calling cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) the standard of care for psychosis, an illness that affects an estimated 5-6 million people in the United States every year.

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  • Two-Fifths of Americans With COPD Live Far From Lung Rehab

    Pulmonary rehab can improve the quality of life for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but as many as 40% of U.S. seniors with COPD lack access to these programs, largely because there are none nearby.

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  • How does rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affect the hip?

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease that can affect the hip joint. It can cause pain, stiffness, and restricted movement in one or both hips.

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  • Older adults with cerebral palsy need more, receive less physical therapy

    Adults with cerebral palsy are more likely to experience the debilitating pains of musculoskeletal disorders, but they receive significantly less physical therapy for those ailments, according to a recent study.

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  • How Knee Pain Is Treated

    A new study found that the anxiety and stress that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic have made it less likely that people will engage in physical activity that could help them maintain their mental health. The results showed that those who have remained physically active during the pandemic have done so primarily to maintain their mental health. For others, mental health problems have become a barrier to exercise.

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  • Nintendo Wii improves functionality, balance, daily activities of stroke patients

    A study by the Faculty of Physiotherapy of the University of Valencia (UV), in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Madrid, has shown that a physiotherapy program that uses the Nintendo Wii console improves the functionality, balance and daily activities of patients who have suffered a cerebrovascular accident or stroke.

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  • Growing Demand Spurs New Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics

    Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network has opened four new outpatient therapy clinics, with more expansions and openings on the way.

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  • Exercises to Relieve a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

    A pinched nerve is a damaged or compressed nerve. It develops when a nerve root is injured or inflamed. The nerve root is the part where a nerve branches off from the spinal cord.

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