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Facility Spotlight on: Atlas Physical Therapy
Owner: Ross Curnett

Mission of your organization: Our mission is to provide top-notch, evidence-based, hands-on physical therapy care to the Lowcounty. We are all about "high fives and goodbyes," eliminating pain and restoring function so our patients can live happy, healthy lives.

What are you doing that is unique and innovative?
  • We have therapists at each of our offices trained in trigger point dry needling (TDN)
  • Many of our therapists have advanced certifications (2 with OCS, 2 CSCS, 1 OMT-C)
  • All of our patients receive a variety of manual therapy techniques
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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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Nominations open for 2015 APTA Honors and Awards Program
Each year, APTA honors outstanding member achievements in the areas of education, practice and service, publications, research, academic excellence, the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA, the Mary McMillan Lecture and the John H.P. Maley Lecture. Award recipients are recognized in June during a ceremony and reception at the NEXT Conference and Exposition, and this recognition includes highlighting the recipients' component affiliations. Play a significant role in helping your colleagues receive acknowledgement for their achievements by nominating the person or persons you feel are most deserving of an APTA award as well as promoting the awards program in your member communications. The 2015 call for nominations is now open and will close Dec. 1. Visit the Honors and Awards webpage for details about each award, including submission requirements. Nominations must be submitted electronically.

In addition, for the first time, the video of the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony is available for viewing on the APTA website. Components' members are identified throughout the ceremony as each recipient's chapter and section memberships are announced.

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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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Final 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Rule announces 1 percent payment rise for PT, increase in PQRS reporting, delay of VM for PTs
PT in Motion
The final 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services includes an aggregate increase in payment for physical therapy services of 1 percent — provided Congress stops implementation of a payment cut due to the flawed SGR formula by March 31. In addition, despite objections from APTA and other organizations, the new rule increases the number of Physician Quality Reporting System measures required for reporting of physical therapists in private practice and other healthcare professionals to as many as nine.
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The importance of hip internal rotation
By Heidi Dawson
Hip joint internal rotation occurs when the femur rotates within the hip joint, toward the mid-line of the body. It also occurs in standing when the lower limb is fixed and the pelvis rotates. A "normal" value for hip internal rotation is 45 degrees, although few individuals get anywhere near that level of movement and a minimum of 35 degrees is considered sufficient for most people. Many people — runners, coaches and physical therapists — are aware of the need for sufficient hip extension during the gait cycle, in both walking and running.
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Physical therapists provide vital strength to patients
Houston Chronicle
The importance of recovering from surgery or an injury is at the forefront for every physical therapist looking to help their patient get stronger with each session. Physical therapists are needed in nearly any kind of medical setting, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehab centers, home health care, schools, sports teams, and various corporations for ergonomics and movement assessments. Their expertise is what puts people on the path to recovery.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience (By Christina Thielst)
Stroke victims lose 'crucial functions' because hospitals don't properly rehabilitate them (Medical Daily)
Preoperative physical therapy decreased need for post acute care services after TJA (Healio)
'Prehabilitation' before colon cancer surgery may aid recovery (HealthDay News)

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Vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot using novel piezoelectric technology shows promise for fall prevention
Medical News Today
Findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study participants. The vibratory stimulation is delivered by a urethane foam insole with embedded piezoelectric actuators, which generates the mechanical stimulation.
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Study: Movement key to cognitive and physical health
Physical Therapy Products
To improve cognition function, according to a study conducted at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montŕeal; an institute affiliated with Université de Montréal, the key is to simply "get moving." A news release from the Université de Montréal reports that the study compared the impact of different training methods on the cognitive functions of individuals aged 62 to 84 years old.
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'Game changing' new devices include gait, pressure wound monitoring systems
PT in Motion
Never mind the latest iPhone 6 — how about an insole than can gather and transmit motion data, or a monitoring system that can provide detailed assessments of wounds to help thwart the development of wounds? Recently, Medscape published a list of 15 "game changing" wireless health technology devices selected by cardiac electrophysiologist David Lee Scher, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Penn State University.
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