CSM Thursday Memo: 2/5/2015

The Thursday Memo – CSM Edition

February 5, 2015                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

First Years Fresh Look at CSM!

Indianapolis welcomed us with a perfectly sunny and frozen Thursday morning to start off the 2015 CSM annual gathering. As first years, we are filled with curiosity and angst as we walk through a mob of fellow students and licensed Physical Therapists gathering from all over the country to learn and network with some of the finest clinicians in our field of practice.

After a 6 hour drive from Pittsburgh, we are scheduled to attend two different conferences that include presenters from all over the country and their respective universities and practices. These clinicians are there to provide us with the latest and greatest research in their respective disciplines, collaborating and arguing their clinical findings and research on the specific topics they are involved in. These topics range from head to toe injuries in adolescent and professional football to pediatrics with obese children.

In between the lecture sessions, we enjoy an overpriced lunch in an energized convention center, followed by an incredible experience at the amazing exposition filled with all of the leading technologies which are paving the way for our bright futures as Physical Therapists.

Our first day has already provided us with opportunities to network with our professors, colleagues from other institutions and the greatest minds of our future profession. We are eager to repeat this experience again and again throughout the weekend and look forward to sharing our knowledge, skills and abilities with our peers back at the university next week.

~Jason Ewing

 

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • 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!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
February 6, 2015 |

The Monday Memo: 2/2/2015

The Monday Memo

February 2, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Replacing the Knee Replacement”

As many of us are aware, the meniscus within the knee joint is essential for distributing loads throughout the joint during day-to-day function as well as high impact activity, absorbing up to 70% of the force placed on the joint.  Remember, that the meniscus also increases the contact area between the bones within the knee by 50%, further dispersing the load.  It enhances joint stability by deepening the contact surface, while also limiting excess motion.  Tears of the meniscus have long been used to justify its removal, however, these procedures often lead to increased prevalence of osteoarthritis and consequential cartilage damage of the knee.  Therefore, the meniscus serves a vital role in the longevity, health, and kinematics of the knee and should be preserved whenever possible.

 

Recently, surgeons at the Ohio State University Medical Center became the first institution in the United States to perform an artificial meniscal implantation of the NUsurface Meniscus implant.  This was part of the VENUS (Verifying the Effectiveness of the NUsurface® System) Clinical Study, an FDA-approved multi-center RCT to compare its performance to the current standard of care status-post a partial meniscectomy.  The small plastic ring device is implanted via an arthroscopic surgery with a minor incision, and is customized for each individual.  The hopes for this device are that it may stave off the effects of arthritis and prevent the need for knee replacement surgeries, which are predicted to increase by 400% within the next fifteen years.

 

SPOTLIGHT:  The undergraduates ofthe college of SHRS gave a big thank you to Margaret Acton, David Pastrana, Mike Reeves, and Becky Slater this past week for their helpful advice at the PTCAS Q&A.  Everyone found the advice extremely helpful and they are hoping to do it again soon.  Thanks for all of your stories everyone!

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

 Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent –  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • 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 created an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
February 2, 2015 |