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  • Home-based exercise after hip fracture rehab improves function and mobility in older adults

    February 26, 2014

    A quarter million (250,000) Americans break their hip each year, and only half of those individuals remain independent at 2 years after their fracture. While physical therapy is standard after hip fracture, it may not be enough. A 2004 study found that additional outpatient physical therapy after standard hip fracture rehabilitation is beneficial, but may […]

  • Foam rolling effective for both warm-up and recovery

    February 24, 2014

    Myofascial foam rolling has become a popular tool as part of both warm-up and cool down prior to activity. Despite its popularity, little research has been performed on the mechanisms or efficacy of foam rolling. Researchers at Memorial University in Canada have led the way with the first published studies on the effectiveness of foam […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Exercise as good as surgery for knee patients

    January 30, 2014

    In March of 2009, I posted an article about a study that compared physical therapy to knee surgery for osteoarthritis patients, Exercise as good as surgery for knee osteoarthritis. The study, A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008. The researchers found that physical therapy including […]

  • Hand arthritis patients benefit from massage plus Biofreeze® topical analgesic

    January 23, 2014

    Massage therapy has shown promise in the relief of pain associated with osteoarthritis. Although the underlying mechanisms are unclear, moderate pressure massage has been associated with changes in pain modulating systems. Biofreeze topical analgesic has been shown effective at reducing knee osteoarthritis pain and improving functional tasks (Topp et al. 2013). Researchers at the Touch […]

  • Top TheraBand Academy Blog Posts for 2013

    January 7, 2014

    Happy New Year! It was another great year for the Academy around the world. Here are our Top 10 blog posts for 2013. I hope you enjoy them! Upper body Thera-Band exercises good for core muscle activation Quantifying torque in elastic resistance exercises (Part I) TheraBand home exercises as effective as formal therapy for rotator […]

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