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Physical therapists use virtual reality to enhance patient rehabilitation

In a previous Healthcare Insider blog, we discussed the use of video games as part of physical therapy practice to motivate patients and combat noncompliance — which can be as high as 70 percent when it comes to patients doing their home exercises. Virtual Reality (VR), which is used in popular video games is making […]

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DPT Career Spotlight: Pediatric Physical Therapy

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recreational activities, including sports, account for approximately 3.2 million emergency room visits each year in the U.S. in children ages 5-14 years — and for children ages 12-17, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits. Add that to the millions of children here […]

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The important role of physical therapy during post-surgical recovery

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between the years 2000 and 2010, total knee replacement surgery was one of the five most frequent of all inpatient procedures, and still continues to be a prevalent procedure today — the number of surgeries more than doubling over the past sixteen years. In a previous […]

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The important role of a DPT in the pre-surgery education process

Every year, approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed in the U.S. — a number expected to grow to 3.48 million by the year 2030, according to an UpToDate study. Many patients enter into procedures such as knee or hip replacements without a complete, comprehensive understanding of what to expect on the road to recovery […]

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DPT Career Spotlight: Travel Physical Therapist

There are countless ways Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy students can use their degree after graduation. In this blog post we’re going to spotlight one career possibility — travel physical therapist. Travel PTs differ from traditional PTs in the sense that rather than being attached to a specific practice or facility, they travel on assignment, […]

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Encouraging stories of the power of physical therapy for aging adults

In a previous Healthcare Insider blog, we discussed the role of a doctor of physical therapy working in the geriatric care sector, and the general importance of physical fitness for aging adults. “Older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active,” explains an article by The National Institute of Health (NIH). “Even moderate exercise […]

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PPTA annual conference recap and professional development opportunities for DPT students

This year’s Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association’s (PPTA) Annual Conference was held the last weekend of October in Lancaster, PA. The event featured speakers who included authors and award-winning experts in their specialized fields of physical therapy, with interest areas ranging from pediatrics to neurology and neurosurgery to women’s health to hospital orthopedic physical therapy and […]

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#ChoosePT campaign continues to impact doctors of physical therapy and the health care profession at large

In a recent DPT blog, we spoke of the opioid epidemic that continues to surge through the country — claiming the lives of 165,000+ U.S. citizens since 1999 — and the stand the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has taken in their national #ChoosePT campaign, encouraging people to choose physical therapy as a safe, effective […]

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Doctor of physical therapy career spotlight: Military rehabilitation

This month we celebrate Veterans Day, where those throughout Reading, Berks County, Harrisburg and all across the United States commemorate millions of brave men and women who have fought for the service and safety of our nation. In continuation of that celebration, we wanted to do a career spotlight on those physical therapists serving our […]

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New study shows importance of physical therapy for brain trauma patients

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The leading cause of these TBIs for children ages 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older is falls. Doctors of physical therapy work with patients on strengthening […]

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