Monthly Archives: April 2012

Treatment Of Lower Back Pain Could Be Improved By Adding Complementary And Alternative Medical Therapy

Nearly 8 of 10 Americans will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives. Persistent low back pain is a common, incapacitating, costly, and a difficult to treat condition. Many patients might benefit significantly from an individualized, multidisciplinary, team-based model of care that includes access to licensed complementary care practitioners (e.g., chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists) in addition to conventional care providers, as demonstrated in a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article, “A Model of Integrative Care for Low-Back Pain,” is available free online at The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website.*

David M. Eisenberg, MD, and colleagues from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA), Group Health Research Institute (Seattle, WA), and Brown University (Providence, RI), compared conventional therapy alone – defined as “usual care” – to the combination of an integrated program of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies plus usual care. They report significant differences between the two randomized patient groups in outcomes which included pain, functional status, and difficulty performing routine, self-identified challenging activities.

CAM therapies were provided by a trained team of healthcare practitioners and included acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mind-body techniques, and nutritional counseling. Usual care consisted of treatments provided by subjects’ primary care physicians and typically included non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), physical therapy and bed rest as needed, education, and changes in activity levels.

 

 

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News. (2012, April 26). “Treatment Of Lower Back Pain Could Be Improved By Adding Complementary And Alternative Medical Therapy.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/244570.php.

Lisa LaFata Powell Appointed Chairman of Sheltering Arms Board

(Richmond, Virginia) – Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy rehabilitation provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa LaFata Powell as chairman of its Board of Directors.

 

Ms. Powell has been prominent in the Richmond area for decades, starting as an anchor and reporter at WTVR-TV from the middle 1980s until the middle 1990s.  Since leaving WTVR, she has worked as not only a freelance journalist but also an adjunct member on the faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Ms. Powell is extremely active in the community, giving her time to multiple organizations.  She has served on Sheltering Arms’ board since 1999 and has also served on the board at Children’s Hospital, the Richmond SPCA, Theatre IV Children’s Theatre, The Daily Planet and the National Conference of Christians and Jews (Richmond Chapter).  In addition, she has given her time to the Christian Children’s Fund, Make Women Count, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many other local organizations.

 

Ms. Powell will serve a two-year term as chairman of Sheltering Arms’ board. She resides in Hanover County with her husband, Lewis, and three children.

 

 

 

About Sheltering Arms

Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services.  To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit http://www.ShelteringArms.com, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/shelteringarms) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/SheltArmsRehab).

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  Media Contact:

 

Stephanie Sulmer

Director of Public Relations

804-342-4329 / ssulmer@shelteringarms.com

SA Therapist published in PT Products Online – “Get With The Program“

 

Products to treat common issues in sports orthopedics and fitness, and return athletes to play.

by: Shannon R. La Spina, PT, DPT

Article Originally published in www.ptproductsonline.com

Therapy balls are an excellent source for a high-level core training program.

In an average physical therapy clinic, where a high-level athlete with ankle pain can be followed by a new runner with knee pain, knowing what to use in treating sports injuries is paramount for an effective training program and quick recovery. In my clinic, Sheltering Arms’ Maple Outpatient Center, Richmond, Va, typical subjective complaints of insidious-onset pain include knee pain while squatting, low back pain while playing a beloved sport, and ankle pain while running, to name a few. When it comes to joint, muscle, and fascial dysfunction, nontraumatic onset pain can usually be boiled down to four key areas.
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