Sean and Steph, both physical therapists with ProEx, had the distinct privilege to present in front of their colleagues at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, LA last Saturday, February 12th.
Sean's poster presentation was a case study on the benefits of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises on treating hip joint impingement versus surgery as the first line of treatment. The patient, in his case study, had positive signs of a hip labral tear and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in addition to a prior history and exactly the same symptoms on her opposite hip. He treated her hip with manual therapy techniques including joint mobilizations as well as a hip strengthening program and saw excellent results.
Steph's presentation, “A Framework For a Systems-Based Approach To Treating Patients With Oncological Diagnoses”, involved three patients with primary diagnoses of cancer. With each patient, she highlighted a different system of the body; integumentary, cardiopulmonary, neurological, musculoskeletal. She highlighted how to treat different impairments and functional limitations that go along with the different cancer treatments; radiation, chemo, surgery, bone marrow transplant, etc. Each patient is a different age, in a different PT setting (outpatient, inpatient/acute, home care), and each has a different diagnosis. One has acute mylogenous leukemia, one has lung cancer with metastases to the brain, and the third has prostate cancer with metastases to his spine. Each patient is at a different stage of treatment; 2 years post treatment, currently undergoing treatment, 14 years post treatment/possible end of life.