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A Prisoner in His Own Mind - Without Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Ryder Anderson is a bright elementary student that loves playing catch and hanging out with his friends. Unfortunately, the happy, seven-year-old student has a rare disorder that makes it difficult for him to share his thoughts. Anderson's mother, Michelle Leigh, has witnessed her son's struggles firsthand. 

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5 Surprising Symptoms a Physical Therapist Can Treat

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Muscle and joint pain are common reasons to see a physical therapist. Did you know that physical therapists can treat vertigo? How about concussions? As medical knowledge and technology advances, the number of ways a symptom can be treated also increases. Check out these surprising symptoms that physical therapists can treat.

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Adding Magic to Fairytale Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Do you want to build a snowman? Anna and Elsa do in the Disney movie, Frozen. With help from some creative doctor of physical therapy students, kids in physical therapy also want to build a snowman (or at least sing the song!). Students from UW-Lacrosse added fun to physical therapy by incorporating a performance of Frozen into the exercises the kids needed to do.

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Flying Doctors Deliver Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Thirty percent of Australia's population live in rural areas, some of them quite remote. This can cause problems for people who need specialized medical services. One of the services in short supply for students is speech and language pathology.

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Robotic Arm Speech Therapy Helps Chronic Stroke Patients

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 21, 2018 12:23:32 PM

Every year, chronic stroke patients lose the ability to express or understand language due to brain damage. Neurologists call this speech-loss phenomenon, "aphasia." According to a Weill Cornell Medicine study, robotic arm therapy improves the prognosis for stroke survivors with aphasia. NYU, MIT, Harvard Medical School, and five medical centers co-authored the study. Frontiers in Neurology published the research findings.

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Physical Therapy for Text Neck

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In a restaurant, at the movies, a sports event, on the plane, train or bus - everyone has one thing in common - their heads are bent over their cell phones, tablets and other digital devices. This phenomenon has produced an actual physical ailment; it's call Text Neck. And it is affecting millions of people all over the world.

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Vape Blast Survivor Will Undergo Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

King Sardea lost his ability to speak in a devastating accident. The Filipino student was smoking a vaping device when it exploded in his face. The e-cigarette had a defective battery which caused catastrophic burns to the lower half of his face. His mother, Grace Sardea said his 17-year-old son will undergo speech therapy following the incident.

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Exciting New Research About Physical Therapy for Infants

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The October issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy includes exciting recommendations for infants with congenital muscular torticollis (CMT). CMT is a deformity in which an infant's head is tilted to one side and turned to the other side. You might have heard this postural deformity by its more common names of "twisted neck" or "wryneck."

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This Physical Therapy Center Specializes in Balance Issues

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When you think of physical therapy, you often think of someone recovering from a hip surgery or a back injury. You don't usually think of balance issues. However, the Daily Journal reminds us that focusing on the patient's balance may be rare among physical therapists, but there is a need for it, as one PT office in Tupelo, Mississippi found out.

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Physical Therapy Helps Paralyzed Man Walk Again

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

An extraordinary new therapy promises to help spinal cord injury patients regain their ability to walk. Science Daily recently reported that a paralyzed man can walk with assistance thanks to spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy. The Mayo Clinic and the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted the study and Nature Medicine published the research findingsThe Mayo Clinic's Neural Engineering Laboratories launched the spinal cord study in 2016. Clinic director Kendall Lee says the study will show scientists which neural networks function after paralysis. 

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