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A woman lays on a table as a male doctor makes adjustments to her back to help with her physical therapy

Physical therapy study cited in legislative push

Categories: News  /  rehabilitation

A University Health System-led study that examined the benefits of walk-in physical therapy found that those who were able to access a therapist without an appointment required fewer medical tests, resulting in lower costs. Those findings, published in the May issue of the Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration and Leadership, are being cited by the Texas Physical Therapy Association in their push to change state law. Texas is one of only four states that still require a physician’s referral before patients can access physical therapy services, the group says. A bill by a Laredo lawmaker would remove the physician’s referral requirement.   …Read More >

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The ABCs of ACL injuries

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  Surgery

With the days getting shorter and fall temperatures starting to drop, one painful Texas tradition unfortunately is heating up. The incidence of knee injuries in sports, particularly a devastating anterior cruciate ligament — or ACL — tear, is rising as more kids return to school sports. An estimated 250,000 ACL tears occur each year in the United States, with nearly all of those a result of sports or accidental trauma to the knee. The ACL is a ligament within the knee which prevents the lower part of the knee from moving forward on the upper part.  It also prevents rotation …Read More >

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Pain 101 for musicians (and others)

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

Editor’s note: This blog post by Arlyn Thobaben, a physical therapist at University Health System (and former professional musician) first appeared on the web site musicianshealthcollective.com. Pain can be difficult and confusing. I spent much of my musical career trying (and often failing) to understand and manage my recurrent struggles with a stiff neck, a tingly left arm, and a sore upper back. When these symptoms became too much for me to continue playing and teaching, I was referred to a physical therapist for the first time. Not only did my physical therapist help me along and get me back to my …Read More >

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A woman lays on a table as a male doctor makes adjustments to her back to help with her physical therapy

Physical therapy on demand?

Walk-in urgent care centers such as University Health System’s ExpressMed clinics are increasingly popular, accommodating the hectic schedules of busy families. But walk-in physical therapy? While instant access to physical therapy is unusual today, the results of a year-long study found it might be worth a broader look. The study, involving patients seen at the ExpressMed clinic on the Robert B. Green Campus, found that putting appropriate patients  with a therapist immediately — or within three days at the most — led to fewer treatments, fewer tests and more patient satisfaction. Overall, the medical charges for those patients came to …Read More >

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