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Check out the new Facility Spotlight Series
This week begins our new Facility Spotlight Series. We will be featuring a different facility each month, highlighting the unique and innovative things they are doing in our profession. All monthly spotlights will be nominated for a new SCAPTA award, Facility of the Year. This week we are turning the spotlight on Proaxis Therapy in Simpsonville.

Mission: We move healthcare in exciting directions.

Unique and Innovative Ideas:
  • Accredited Sports and Orthopedic residency programs as well as upper extremity fellowship
  • Total Joint Health program
  • Unique spine program (Accountable Care Organization) in which we are able to work with a large self-insured entity (GHS) to see their injured employees via direct access and work with physicians to move the patients through a specific protocol to get them the right care at the right time. Outcomes are formally tracked at specified points throughout care, specialized therapist training, decreased costs (direct such as imaging and indirect such as lost work days).
  • Participation in urgent care musculoskeletal triage/care
  • Research Scientists on staff helping to integrate evidence- based practice
  • Large community outreach initiatives each year
  • In addition to core Orthopedic/Sports Medicine care, we also have specialized programs to help meet the needs of the community such as Certified Hand Therapist program, Women's Health program, Dry Needling, Vestibular program
Learn more about Proaxis Therapy by visiting
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Please plan to join us for our next Upstate District SCAPTA meeting
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Time: Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Location: Relax The Back
Shoppes at Greenridge
1129A Woodruff Road, Greenville

Speaker: Trudy Messer, PT, OCS, RYT, CKTP, CFMT

Topic: Teaching Sleeping to Aid Healing

Sponsor: Relax The Back

Dinner will be served. To help our sponsor prepare, please RSVP to or by Friday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

SCAPTA members will receive a free CEU. We encourage non-members to attend, however, there will be a $10 charge to receive the CEU certificate.

Hope to see you there!

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Call for nominations
Are you interested in becoming more involved in SCAPTA? Would you like to gain leadership experience in the physical therapy field? SCAPTA is in the process of accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 term. There are multiple positions available, and the deadline to accept nominations is April 10, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about which positions are available, or if you someone who would make a great candidate for a position, please contact a member of the SCAPTA Nominating Committee via the following emails:
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APTA names best states to practice physical therapy
Physical Therapy Products
According to a news release from the American Physical Therapy Association, Utah has been declared the best state to practice physical therapy for the second year in a row. The article also notes that Utah was followed by Colorado and Minnesota. The article includes explanations of the measures used to rate each factor in addition to a breakdown of ratings for the top 20 states.

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State-by-state look at impact of ACA
Individuals in states that ceded all enforcement of the Affordable Care Act were worse off by approximately $245 per participant on an annualized basis, according to a recent study from Amanda Kowalski, published by the Brookings Institution.

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7 myths about physical therapy
Move Forward
People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist. It's time to debunk seven common myths about physical therapy.

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How to train your staff on direct access
Direct access means that a patient can seek physical therapy services without a physician's referral. That's not only empowering for the patient, but also for you as a private practice therapy provider — and what better time to feel empowered than National Physical Therapy Month. That being said, physical therapists aren't capitalizing on direct access for a number of reasons. But patients aren't helping either.
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The new age of physical therapy
Breaking Muscle
The physical therapy profession is evolving. It now includes analyzing movement and predicting injury risk, determining areas of potential injury, addressing strength imbalances, and improving posture, performance and health. But while the profession is changing, but that doesn't mean everyone is changing with it.
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Acupuncture no better than sham for chronic knee pain in adults 50+
PT in Motion
Regardless of whether it's delivered traditionally or through a more high-tech laser version, acupuncture doesn't appear to have any benefit over sham procedures when it comes to reducing moderate-to-severe knee pain in adults 50 and over, according to a new study in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Physical therapists feeling the pinch
TWC News Rochester
Insurers continue to announce changes to Medicare Advantage premiums, which is having an impact on private physical therapists. Marcia Spoto has run a physical therapy clinic in Perinton, New York, for 30 years. She said compounding matters is that while copays rise, reimbursements for providers are going down.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    7 myths about physical therapy (Move Forward)
Osteoarthritis of the hip: Appropriate exercise therapy can alleviate symptoms (Medical News Today)
Comparison between Kinesio taping and a traditional physical therapy program in treatment of nonspecific low back pain (Journal of Physical Therapy Science)
Preoperative physical therapy results in 'significant' reduction in postoperative care use for patients undergoing hip or knee replacement (PT in Motion)
3 more pioneer ACOs say they will quit (HealthLeaders Media)

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Study: Guidelines to prevent overuse injuries in baseball not always used
Physical Therapy Products
Guidelines regarding how many pitches young athletes should throw have been developed to prevent overuse injuries, but a new study shows coaches are not consistently following the recommendations. Sara Fraley, a fourth-year medical student, and Dr. Allison Gilmore surveyed 61 youth baseball coaches in Cincinnati and northeast Ohio to learn about their attitudes toward pitch counts, knowledge of injury risk factors and athlete demographics, and how they tracked and limited pitches.
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Underdiagnosed hypertension more likely in rheumatoid arthritis
HealthDay News via HCP Live
Dr. Christie M. Bartels from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, and colleagues conducted a cohort study to examine whether rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a risk factor for not receiving a diagnosis of hypertension. Data were obtained from adult patients with and without RA/inflammatory arthritis from an academic multispecialty practice. All participants were seen regularly in primary care and met the clinical guideline criteria for hypertension, but had not been diagnosed with or received treatment for hypertension.
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Surprise: Every American will not have an electronic health record this year
In 2004, President George W. Bush kicked off a project designed to provide most Americans with an electronic health record in 2014. That was followed by a similar goal set by President Barack Obama in 2009. But as the end of 2014 comes nearer, these ambitious goals still have not been met.
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Google is now connecting users searching for symptoms with doctors over video chat
When seeking a medical diagnosis, it's typically not the best idea to try and find it on the Internet. Regardless of the symptoms searched, the end result is usually some random chat board — hello, Yahoo Answers — where every innocuous itch is interpreted as evidence of something sinister. Bottom line: Don't try to diagnose your illnesses over the Internet. At least, that was the bottom line. Google may be changing the conventional wisdom at play here.
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