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IPMR Names Director of Wellness
PEORIA, IL -- IPMR, an Illinois practice that offers physical medicine and therapy along with wellness resources including mental health, nutrition, massage, acupuncture and exercise, announced Dec. 3 that Blair Gorsuch has been named director of wellness. IPMR operates outpatient locations in Bartonville, Chillicothe, Metamora, Morton, Pekin, Peoria, and Washington, IL. In this role, Gorsuch will form partnerships within the community to promote healthy, balanced lifestyles and grow programs to help ...
Posted on: December 04, 2013
PolyGel Introduces ThermoActive High Back System
WHIPPANY, NJ -- PolyGel introduced Dec. 2 a new advanced design for its reimbursable ThermoActive Medical LSO High Back System. The ThermoActive Medical LSO High Back System, reimbursable under L-Code L-0631, has newly designed thermoplastic front and back panels that seat into built-in pockets for increased function and greater patient comfort. To accommodate different patient anatomies, the new design incorporates floating 'D' rings that move easily to fit more patients. The removable lumbar gel pack ...
Posted on: December 03, 2013
OTs Develop Motor Observations Test
Lynn J. Horowitz, MHS, OT, Jackie Kilburn, MS, OTR/L, and Pim Duurkoop, PhD, have announced the development and release of the Motor Observations Test, a digitalized, computer-scored test that uses standard deviations for a full diagnostic motor assessment for children 5 to 12 years of age. The test was normed on American and Dutch children and items are scored on a 5-point scale. The test is evidence-based and is appropriate for pre- and post-testing, according to its developers. The Motor Observations ...
Posted on: December 03, 2013
Select Medical Opens Inpatient Rehab Hospital
LOS ANGELES -- Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical announced Dec. 3 a partnership to create a 138-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital located in the former Century City Hospital. The hospital has an expected opening of late 2015. The joint venture is an LLC partnership among Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical. The vision of the partnership is to develop a regional rehabilitation center providing highly specialized care, advanced treatment, and technologies to treat ...
Posted on: December 03, 2013
OT-led Study Supports Sensory Integration for Autism
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers have found that occupational therapy using the principles of sensory integration (OT-SI) provided better outcomes on parent-identified goals than standard care, according to results published Nov. 10 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. OT-SI therapy for autism is based on the premise that difficulty interpreting sensory information affects the ability to participate fully in everyday activities including eating, dressing, learning and play activities. Typical ...
Posted on: November 26, 2013
OPTP Releases Foam Rolling Resource
MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced Nov. 25 the release of Rolling for Resilience: Foam Roller Methods, a resource authored by Angela Kneale, OTR. The physical aspect of resilience is enhanced with a select recipe of self-massage, body alignment and core strengthening techniques on the new, ridged OPTP STAR ROLLER,™ according to an OPTP product release. Rolling for Resilience stimulates psychological resilience by cultivating a deep mind-body connection. Dynamic movements on the foam roller create an ...
Posted on: November 25, 2013
Phoenix Rehabilitation Recapitalizes
NEW YORK -- Bruderman Brothers Inc. announced Nov. 20 the recapitalization of PHOENIX Rehabilitation, an operator of 48 outpatient physical and occupational therapy centers in Pennsylvania. Bruderman Brothers, as exclusive investment banker, structured, arranged, and negotiated the recapitalization, led by 3 Rivers Capital, a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm that focuses primarily on equity recapitalizations and buyouts. F.N.B. Capital Corporation and First Commonwealth Bank provided debt financing ...
Posted on: November 21, 2013
AAOS Releases Rotator Cuff Surgery Criteria
ROSEMONT, IL -- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced Nov. 20 that it has released appropriate use criteria covering five different treatments for rotator cuff injuries. For patients who do require surgery, a new study published today in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) suggests surgical treatment for rotator cuff tears reduces indirect costs, including ability to work and fewer missed work days. The authors of "The Societal and Economic Value of Rotator Cuff Repair," ...
Posted on: November 20, 2013
OPTP Launches Franklin Fascia Massagers
MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP has announced the release of Franklin Fascia Massagers, massage tools featuring a unique spiky exterior. While rolling a Fascia Massager across the body, the spikes stimulate sensory receptors and increase circulation while the kneading motion massages away tension and mobilizes connective tissue. Fascia Massagers provide tactile and imagery exercises to help users rediscover how their muscles work together and restore natural movement. Franklin Fascia Massagers are available in two ...
Posted on: November 19, 2013
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Opens Inpatient Rehab Unit
PITTSBURGH -- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute announced Nov. 18 the opening of an eight-bed pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit. The Children's Hospital inpatient rehabilitation unit will be located at The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center, less than one mile from Children's main campus on Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville. The unit will be called the Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Unit (CHRU). While the CHRU is not located inside Children's Hospital, it is ...
Posted on: November 18, 2013
Physiotherapy Associates Restructures Finances
EXTON, PA -- Physiotherapy Associates, a national provider of outpatient rehabilitation services, announced Nov. 12 that it will pursue a pre-packaged, court-supervised financial restructuring to strengthen its balance sheet. The financial restructuring is expected to have no impact on the company's operations and was unanimously supported by its senior secured lenders and bondholders that submitted votes on the company's prepackaged plan, according to a company release. Physiotherapy Associates elected ...
Posted on: November 17, 2013
Study: ACL Injury More Associated with Sport than Gender
DALLAS -- A new study, "A Multi-Sport Epidemiologic Comparison of ACL Injuries in High School Athletics," reveals that gender may not have as strong a correlation with ACL injury as previously thought. "ACL injuries are traditionally regarded as a female athlete issue, yet this study found no significant gender difference in injury rates when all nine sports were considered," said Dawn Comstock, associate professor in the Colorado School of Public Health, an author of the study. "The key message here is ...
Posted on: November 16, 2013
NEA Expands Art Therapy for Veterans
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts announced Nov. 7 the expansion of its arts partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to bring art therapy to military patients at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Fairfax County, Va. The NEA will support a three-month pilot program at the new NICoE satellite named "Intrepid Spirit One," in which a creative arts therapist will conduct visual arts therapy and therapeutic writing ...
Posted on: November 15, 2013
Kaiser Permanente Opens Multispecialty Center
DENVER -- Kaiser Permanente announced Nov. 14 that it will open the doors to a new specialty center in Lone Tree, CO on Dec. 2. This is the largest construction project and the most significant addition to the health plan's presence in Colorado in nearly a decade, according to a company release. Kaiser Permanente Colorado also has a specialty center in downtown Denver and another in Lafayette, which opened in 2005. "The Lone Tree medical offices bring specialty care closer to you," said Donna Lynne, DrPH, ...
Posted on: November 14, 2013
Morph Wheels Earns Popular Science Award
WAYNE, NJ -- Maddak Inc. announced Nov. 13 that its Morph™ Wheels foldable wheelchair wheels received the 2013 Popular Science Best of What's New award in the health category. The awards were announced in the December issue of the magazine. Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and chooses the top 100 winners across 12 categories for inclusion. "We're honored to receive such a prestigious award from Popular Science," said Kathleen Hanek, director of operations and product ...
Posted on: November 13, 2013