The Monday Memo: 11/17/2014

The Monday Memo

November 17, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

RAK

This week I thought it worth mentioning something unexpected that happened in the clinic.

After what had been a difficult and emotionally trying morning in the clinic, the afternoon schedule showed no signs of being any less stressful.  That is until I went to work with a woman I will call Joyce.  All throughout her session, she was happy to be moving and thankful for our help.  But all it took to turn that entire day around was a compliment from Joyce and a thank you for doing our job.

Often underrated, one Random Act of Kindness (RAK) can easily be the highlight of a person’s day, especially when we have no idea what is going on in someone else’s life.  That is why I would encourage everyone to perform one random act this week.  Impact someone in a positive way, and let them have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

SPOTLIGHT:  Thank you to Becky Russell, Arielle Berman, John Schneider, Livvy Hart, Steve Betz, Mike Reeves, David Pastrana, Becky Slater, Ashley Whitehead, and Sue Staats for representing the program this Saturday at our Open House!  Dr. Kelly says you all did a fantastic job!

- Michael Turnwald

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November 17, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 11/10/2014

The Monday Memo

November 10, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

A New Twist on ACL Injuries

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair, as it has been known for decades, may be taking steps towards a new approach thanks to a “sponge.”  Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have obtained approval from the FDA to test a new form of ACLR, which involves the use of sponge “scaffold” rather than autografts, allografts, or any bony remodeling.

In the procedure, the sponge is inserted between the two severed ends of the ACL and filled with the patient’s own blood to help compensate for the poor vascularization of the ligament.  The sponge is left between the ends of the ligament, and subsequently replaced with progressively smaller sponges until there is union.  The idea is to mimic ligament repair that is seen in superficial MCL’s that can repair themselves thanks to their greater blood supply.

Rehabilitation for the procedure will most likely resemble that of traditional ACLR’s, but with the decreased risk of degenerative arthritis years later.

 

Find out more in the Boston Globe’s article:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/11/08/the-future-treating-acl-tears-cutting-surgery/H56nklXNhAXoEptwVay2vN/story.html

 

SPOTLIGHT:  Congratulations to all of the third year students for completing their six-month presentations!  Congratulations to second year students for completing their competencies!  Congratulations to Jessie Young and the Pittsburgh Women’s Rugby Club for winning their division this past Saturday!

- Michael Turnwald

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  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
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November 12, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 11/3/2014

The Monday Memo

November 3, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

Devon Still

Looking through the material this week, I felt this heart-warming story of support merited some attention.  The story has been months in the making and continues to inspire.

Devon Still is a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The 25-year-old Penn State alum can be seen playing in the NFL on Sundays and has become an integral member of the starting defense.  Devon Still’s daughter, Leah, has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer.

After learning of this diagnosis in June, Still put his football career on hold to spend more time with his daughter and family as they battled for Leah’s health.  His hiatus from sport and the team’s subsequent training camp led to Still being cut from the team’s 53-man roster.  However, Coach Lewis offered a spot on the practice squad, which allowed Still access to the team’s medical benefits as well as more time that could be spent with his family.  The Bengals also committed all sales of Still’s #75 jersey go toward pediatric cancer research.  Since declaring this, $400,000 were raised in four days, and over $1 million to date.  Still’s #75 is now the most sold jersey in Bengals’ history.

People from around the league have shown their support.  Saints’ coach Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys and distributed them around local Boys and Girls Clubs and Children’s Hospitals.  When the Bengals played at New England, the Patriots’ cheerleaders wore Still’s 75 Bengals jersey to show their support of the opposing lineman.

Devon Still has since advanced on the Bengal’s roster to the starting line-up and is once again an asset to the defense.  Leah has since undergone chemotherapy and multiple surgeries with her father by her side the entire way.  She is in remission and the prognosis is good.

SPOTLIGHT:  Congratulations to Becky Russell, Maria Calla, and Cary Bonci for running/climbing 13.1 miles and Carlos Darby for running/climbing 26.2 miles this Saturday at the Marathon on the Mountain!

- Michael Turnwald

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November 3, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 10/27/2014

The Monday Memo

October 27, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

Strides Made in Spinal Injury Rehabilitation

Announced this past week, a joint Anglo-Polish medical team has successfully returned lower extremity functionality to a previously paralyzed spinal cord patient.   Through the use of a specialized neural transplant, the team was able to return sensation, motor control, and proprioception to both of the patient’s lower extremities, allowing him to even regain the ability to walk with minimal assist.  The transplant was made of nerve tissue “from the ankle” capped on each end with Olfactory Ensheathing Cells taken from the patient’s olfactory bulbs.  It was placed to remedy the complete 8mm separation caused by a stabbing four years earlier.  After 18 months of intensive physical therapy, the patient is now able to walk, drive, and live more independently.

For the complete article, follow this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/british-doctors-on-brink-of-cure-for-paralysis-9807010.html

Best of the Week:  Congratulations to all of the Miami-Marquette Representatives for hosting their first Continuing Education program of the year!  It covered the Sherlock Holmes Approach to medical screening hosted by Dr. William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA.

- Michael Turnwald

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October 27, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 10/20/2014

The Monday Memo

October 20, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Thank you Dr. Arslanian and Dr. R. Scully!” 

This past week, the Department of Physical Therapy here at the University of Pittsburgh was honored to host the 20th Annual Endowed Scully Scholar Visiting Lecture, as well as the Regional Meeting of the PPTA.  The honored speaker, Dr. Linda E. Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS offered an extensive dialogue with students prior to her lecture.  The topic of both was centered around the use of proper outcome measures in health care, especially now as the field pushes from a volume-based to value-based model of care.  She raised the question of whether health care is placing its emphasis on the efficiency to see a quantity of patients versus the effectiveness of the care that is provided.  Her conclusion is that at the moment many health care systems are focusing on certain measures of performance that offer skewed perspectives of the true outcomes of care.  Through the expanded use of EMR’s to construct databases of treatment histories and easily accessible treatment outcomes, we will be able to improve our evidence-based practices, both as physical therapists and health care at large.

Stars of the Week: Keeley, Ashley, and Natalie for helping at the health fair this weekend with gait speed assessments!  Way to reach out to the community and show off your skills.

- Michael Turnwald

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October 20, 2014 |