TherapySpark’s Best of 2020

Here you’ll find a roundup of our most popular resources of the year, according to you, our readers. From our new COVID-19 treatment guideline videos to our first e-book about ACL recovery and more, check out the best of TherapySpark 2020.

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been the year of changes. At TherapySpark, we have developed new ways to bring you the latest rehab updates and helpful content for your practice. Here you’ll find a roundup of our most popular resources of the year, according to you, our readers. From our new COVID-19 treatment guideline videos to our first e-book about ACL recovery and more, check out the best of TherapySpark 2020.

Eccentric Balance and Walking Exercises

This video was one of the first in our series on COVID-19 recovery guidelines using BTE equipment. Frontline rehab professionals have reported severe deconditioning and fatigue as some of the most common concerns for those recovering from COVID-19. Some clients may need assistance to walk independently again. The PrimusRS can help clients strengthen each major joint movement of walking in isolation, then progress to a full assisted walking exercise. Watch this video to learn how.

Sit to Stand for Deconditioned Patients

Sit to stand is one of the most crucial ADLs. Patients recovering from COVID-19 will be dealing with physical limitations that make this important function harder. If your patients need to regain strength and stability for sit to stand, give them the assistance they need with the PrimusRS.

In this video, we’ll show you how to use your PrimusRS to help your patients achieve a safer sit to stand. You can use this exercise with patients who are severely deconditioned or have cardiorespiratory limitations.

Eccentric Exercise for Cardiorespiratory Patients 

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, professional rehab associations like the APTA and AOTA called on therapists to develop treatment strategies to help ease COVID-19 recovery. With the Eccentron, clinics can provide safe, early intervention to get patients moving again. Thanks to the eccentric-only movement, this exercise is even safe for those who have low tolerance for physical activity. This video shows how rehab professionals can help COVID-19 patients recover safer and faster with the Eccentron.

Continuous Passive Motion With Target Force

You’ve probably used Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) in your practice before. But with added target force using the PrimusRS you get the additional benefits of neuromuscular control, stability, and overall endurance. Watch this video to see how CPM with target force can benefit clients with tennis elbow, golf shoulder, and other tendinopathy-related concerns. 

3 Most Common CPTs in Rehab and How to Document Them for Reimbursement

If your claims repeatedly get denied, there are two most likely culprits: the CPT code itself and the documentation. It’s possible that the claim uses the incorrect code, or more likely, the documentation may be missing something.

Read this article for a closer look at the three most common CPT codes in rehab and how to properly document them for reimbursement. Keep reading for a detailed summary of CPT 97110: Therapeutic Procedure, CPT 97112: Therapeutic Procedure (stroke and non-stroke), and CPT 97530: Therapeutic Activities.

E-book: ACL Recovery Unlocked With Eccentric Strengthening and Motor Control

The first e-book from TherapySpark, this gem is full of research, case studies, and pro tips all about providing a faster and safer ACL recovery. Find out how Ron Courson, Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Georgia, gets his players back on the field without missing a beat, and learn to harness the power of eccentric exercise. Plus, you’ll get bonus content about how to fund your athletic program, so you can get the gear your team needs. Get it all in the e-book – download now.

Is CPM Really That Effective for TKA?

PTs and OTs tend to take it on good faith that referring physicians and surgeons utilize evidence-based practice in their clinical decision-making. When it comes to prescribing CPM—still a routine practice of many orthopedic surgeons­ today—there appear to be some important distinctions to make in regard to “standard practice.” Does inclusion of CPM in the post-surgical knee replacement rehabilitation protocol actually improve patient outcomes? Let’s find out.

New Product Launch: EVJ for Portable Evaluation

This year, we were very excited to launch a brand-new product, the EVJ. Unlike the old manual way, the EVJ provides immediate, objective data in easy-to-read reports. It’s the perfect instrument for rehab clinics, Functional Capacity Evaluations, Quantitative Muscle Testing, research, and education. Check out this video to see what you can do with the EVJ.

Telehealth for Rehab 

Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists work in an extremely hands-on environment with multiple people on a daily basis. The inherent model of rehab therapy can seem completely at odds with today’s social distancing recommendations. Could something as simple as an evisit solve this challenge? How would this apply to PT and OT? Explore these questions in our article on telehealth for rehab during COVID-19.

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

For decades, athletic trainers have been training athletes with blood flow restriction therapy (BFRT or BFR). It helps participants increase muscle strength and mass with minimal loading. Now, more rehab professionals are picking it up as well.

As blood flow restriction therapy gains popularity, more clinical experts and researchers are exploring how it can be used for rehabilitation. Let’s look at those specifics along with the history, mechanisms, and benefits of blood flow restriction therapy.

Thank You for a Remarkable Year

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all of our readers on TherapySpark. If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to TherapySpark to get all the latest updates delivered to your inbox every month. Share with your colleagues at work and stay connected with us here on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. See you next year!

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Colleen Isaiah
TherapySpark Editor