Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a journal covering physical therapy for professionals. Since it was founded in 1921, it is published monthly. The journal is published by the American Physical Therapy Association.Subjects for Physical Therapy include medicine and surgery. The editor-in-chief is Rebecca L. Craik.


Vol. 92, No. 1, January

Looking Back to 1921 and Forward to 2012
Many of us mark the beginning of a new year by developing a fresh list of goals that we hope to accomplish. The problem--at least for me--is that I rarely achieve the items on the "old" list and end up feeling overwhelmed by what remains! Editorial...
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Systematic Review of the Benefits of Physical Therapy within a Multidisciplinary Care Approach for People with Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating psychiatric disorders. (1) It accounts for 1.1% of total disability-adjusted life years and for 2.8% and 2.6% of years lived with disability for men and women, respectively. In addition, it is the fifth...
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Effectiveness of a Targeted Exercise Intervention in Reversing Older People's Mild Balance Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Balance is defined as the ability to maintain the projection of the body's center of mass within limits of the base of support, as in standing or sitting, or in transit to a new base of support, as in walking. (1) Balance control is complex and multifactorial....
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Pulsatile Lavage for the Enhancement of Pressure Ulcer Healing: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Recent data from the National Spinal Injuries Model System indicate that pressure ulcers remain among the most prevalent causes of long-term morbidity in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and are the leading cause of hospitalization for this population....
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Catastrophizing during and after Pregnancy: Associations with Lumbopelvic Pain and Postpartum Physical Ability
There is general agreement that persistent low back pain is a problem with major consequences for society as well as the individual. (1) Among women with persistent low back pain, 10% to 25% reported that the onset of back pain occurred during pregnancy....
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Development of a Cumulative Psychosocial Factor Index for Problematic Recovery Following Work-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries
Work-related musculoskeletal injuries are a leading cause of prolonged pain and occupational disability. Clinical practice guidelines commonly recommend activity-based interventions, such as physical therapy, for individuals with subacute musculoskeletal...
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Adherence to Use of a Home-Based Exercise DVD in People with Huntington Disease: Participants' Perspectives
Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited, neurodegenerative condition resulting in clinical symptoms of progressive movement disorder, cognitive deficits, and behavioral changes and leading eventually to loss of independence in all functional activities....
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Management of Sternal Precautions Following Median Sternotomy by Physical Therapists in Australia: A Web-Based Survey
Cardiac surgery, such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve replacement, is commonly used in the management of heart disease. (1-4) More than 17,000 CABGs are performed annually in Australia, and more than 300,000 CABGs are performed...
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Lower Limb Functional Index: Development and Clinimetric Properties
Patient-reported outcome measures of function are critical for assessing musculoskeletal conditions. (1-3) Function is the level of activities an individual performs to realize the needs of daily living. (4) Numerous lower-limb patient-reported outcome...
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Using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) to Enhance PubMed Search Strategies for Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy
Evidence-based practice (EBP) has become an important paradigm in health care. (1) The American Physical Therapy Association Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020 states, in part, that "physical therapists ... will render evidence-based services...
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A Moderate-Intensity Weight-Bearing Exercise Program for a Person with Type 2 Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy
Individuals with diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy (DM+PN) lack the critical level of sensory feedback to protect their feet from injury. Historically, their inability to monitor their own skin condition led the American Diabetes Association...
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Assessing Longitudinal Change in Coordination of the Paretic Upper Limb Using On-Site 3-Dimensional Kinematic Measurements
Eighty percent of all people poststroke show a reduced ability to use the paretic upper limb during activities of daily living. (1) Longitudinal prospective cohort studies have shown that improvements in upper-limb functioning generally are nonlinearly...
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Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: Comparing Direct Costs of a Prospective Surveillance Model and a Traditional Model of Care
New models of care are emerging that promote rehabilitation as a component of secondary prevention for chronic disease. (1-6) Secondary prevention is defined as prospective monitoring and screening, often in the absence of impairment, to prevent common...
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Fracture Risk and Prevention: A Multidimensional Approach
Physical therapists are recognized experts in managing neuromusculoskeletal disorders and injuries. Such wide-ranging diagnoses may result in body structure or function impairment, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, all of which...
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Vol. 90, No. 12, December

Perspective on Variability in the Development of Human Action
Humans are designed not only with variability but for variability. Variability can be defined at many levels of analyses; for example, growth, physiology, performance, behavior, impairments, and phase relations among moving limbs can all be measured...
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Vol. 69, No. 3, March

Evaluation of Eccentric Exercise in Treatment of Patellar Tendinitis
Patellar tendinitis (jumper's knee) is an insertional tendinopathy most commonly affecting the patellar tendon's origin on the inferior pole of the patella. (1-4) The clinical manifestations of patellar tendinitis are characterized by an aching pain...
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