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The Dance Student's Guide to Making the Best—and the Most—of At-Home Training
Performing arts physical therapy fellow Monique DeLuca, D.P.T., O.C.S., gives advice on how to make the most of your dance training at home in light of COVID-19 physical distancing efforts.
Pandemic Forced Insurers to Pay for In-Home Treatments. Will They Now Disappear?
Dr. Preeti Raghavan discusses the quick implementation of rehabilitation via telemedicine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Reality Video Game "Tremendously Helpful" in Regaining Mobility
Dr. Preeti Raghavan explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to expanded options for telehealth rehabilitation, including a virtual reality video game that helps providers assess movement problems and provides a range of activity options.
Podcast: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and MS with Dr. Abbey Hughes
Dr. Abbey Hughes shares her insight on what patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) should be doing to prepare for COVID-19.
Podcast: Racial Disparity in MS Symptomatology with Dr. Jackie Bhattarai
Dr. Jackie Bhattarai discusses the disparities in MS-related depression and fatigue between African-American and Caucasian patients.
Hydrotherapy for Arthritis Pain: What Is It, and How Does It Work?
Dr. Soo Yeon Kim defines hydrotherapy and explains how it can be beneficial for people living with arthritis pain.
One Brain, Two Bionic Arms
Dr. Pablo Celnik shares insights from collaborative study in which electrodes implanted into a man's brain allow him to control robotic arms with only his thoughts. Learn more about the study.
Podcast: The Road to Chair: Interview with Pablo Celnik, M.D.
The Chair of the Association of Academic Physiatrists's Resident/Fellow Council talks to Dr. Pablo Celnik about his journey from choosing his specialty to becoming Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins.
Research in Astronauts Sheds Light on Rare Fainting Disorder
Dr. Tae Chung weighs in on how research in astronauts may help patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
Cognitive Function Testing for Multiple Sclerosis: Why Do It? And When?
Dr. Meghan Beier discusses how testing for cognitive function can help patients with multiple sclerosis receive the care that they need.
Reddit AMA: Training Beyond Exhaustion Can Impair Learning
Dr. Pablo Celnik and Meret Branscheidt, former Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow, discuss their recent research regarding the effects of muscle fatigue on learning new skills.
3 Experts Explain the Complicated Facts Behind the Nighttime Workout Debate
Physical therapist John Dale explains what time of day will help you get the most out of your workout.
Everything You Need to Know About Cupping Therapy
Can cupping therapy really relieve pain and muscle soreness? Physical therapist Ken Johnson weighs in on the benefits (and risks) of the ancient Chinese practice.
Webinar: Teaching Value in Health Care
Dr. Martin Brodsky joins the ABIM Foundation's monthly Cost of Care webinar series to discuss how speech-language pathologists and audiologists add value in the continuum of care.
Podcast: Stroke Rehabilitation Part 1 and Part 2
Dr. Pablo Celnik talks about stroke rehabilitation, motor learning, telemedicine and access to care with Dr. Tom Elwood from the RUSK Insights on Rehabilitation Medicine podcast.
Health Newsfeed Podcast on Dysphagia
In two separate podcast episodes, Dr. Martin Brodsky discusses the prevalence and length of swallowing difficulties, as well as the rate of recovery, in people who have experienced a breathing tube.
Podcast: Psychology of Patients, Relatives and Staff
Dr. Megan Hosey talks about management issues to help prevent PTSD in ICU patients and their families and identify and manage burnout in staff, hosted by Jonathan Downham at the Critical Care Practitioner podcast.
The Surprising Reasons Your Lower Back Pain Treatment Isn’t Working
Dr. Akhil Chhatre weighs in on why many back patients are receiving the wrong kind of therapy.
Aging Can Be Tough to Swallow
It's thought that one-quarter of U.S. adults will develop a swallowing problem at some point. But Dr. Alba Azola and team hope insight from a new study may help lead to improved treatment.
The Dog Will See You Now: Pet Therapy Shows Up in ICU
Dr. Megan Hosey and her research team adapted the hospital protocol to make it safe to bring in therapy dogs to the ICU. In a small pilot program, ten patients were able to interact with the dogs.
Johns Hopkins Gets $50 Million from UAE for Global Stroke Center
The new stroke institute will operate two centers, one focusing on treatment and rehabilitation and the other on detection and diagnosis of the disease.
5 Achievable Goals That Can Help You Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis
Occupational therapist Jyo Supnekar shares tips on how to make goals a meaningful part of your rheumatoid arthritis management plan.
Ending the 24-Hour Wait Time for Post-Extubation Assessment
Dysphagia specialist Dr. Martin Brodsky joins the The Swallow Your Pride podcast with Theresa Richard to address wait times for diagnosing swallowing problems after an extubation.
New Maryland company's technology lets quadriplegics use the phone without physical assistance.
Amputee rehabilitation specialist Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez comments on the benefits and impact of the new app that makes it possible for people who can't use their hands to operate a smartphone or tablet.
My Critical Care Patient Can’t Swallow! Why?
Dr. Martin Brodsky joins the Critical Care Practitioner podcast with Jonathan Downham to talk about the causes of the swallowing problems in ICU patients and how to prevent them.
10 Exercises to Start Your Day
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez has put together, with the help of the physical therapist Ken Johnson, a set of exercises to start each day. The routine is inspired by Pressing Reset: Original Strength Reloaded, by Tim Anderson, and gives a well-rounded workout.
Relieving Arthritis Pain With Heat or Cold Therapy
Occupational therapist Jyo Supnekar shares best cold and heat therapies for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Managing Dystonia With Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: Therapy Update
Dr. Pablo Celnik discusses cerebellar abnormalities, how they relate to dystonia and the use of cerebellar inhibition (CBI) through transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) to manage a variety of cerebellar conditions, including dystonia.
Advances Help Musicians With Repetitive Stress Injuries Continue to Play
The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, in partnership with the Peabody Conservatory and the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, treats overuse injuries in musicians and is looking into a way to address them before they happen.
Brain and Spine Injury Awareness
Dr. Stacy Suskauer and Dr. Rebecca Martin join the Fox 45 News Morning Show to remind parents about the importance of safety measures for avoiding brain and spinal cord injuries when children play sports.
Many Survivors of This Lung Disease Lose Their Jobs
More than 40 percent of working survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) were unemployed a year after leaving the hospital. Dr. Dale Needham comments on the origin of this phenomenon and what can be done about it.
MS Muscle Spasticity: What It Is and What to Do About It
Spasticity related to MS can range from mild stiffness to painful muscle spasms and varies from person to person. Dr. Alexius Sandoval shares how stretching can help manage spasticity in MS patients.
Does MS Affect Thinking Skills?
When cognitive challenges make it hard to get through the day, it’s time to talk to health care providers about ways to address changes in thinking. Dr. Abbey Hughes shares tips on how to deal with MS side effects that affect cognition.
What Even Is Your IT Band & Why Does It Hurt So Badly?
If you are an active person, there's a good chance your iliotibial band (IT band) could be experiencing some stress. Physical therapist Kevin McLaughlin gives an overview of the most common IT band issues and how to prevent them.
7 Dos and Don’ts for Pain-Free Exercise With Rheumatoid Arthritis
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, exercise can help improve joint pain and stiffness. Physical therapist Andrew Naylor shares guidelines for pain-free exercise with RA.
Will an Orthosis Help You Walk Better With MS?
There are a number of solutions available to help improve ability to walk if you have multiple sclerosis. One of the most effective is an orthosis (a brace) designed to support weak muscles and joints. Johns Hopkins orthotics expert Mark Hopkins shares tips for better walking with MS.
8 Steps to Better Walking With MS
Research suggests that roughly half of those with multiple sclerosis (MS) will need some assistance with walking. Dr. Alexius Sandoval offers tips on the steps people with MS can take to maintain their mobility for as long as possible.
Stimulating the Brain Can Speed up Concussion Recovery
Lizzy Baird, whose daughter suffered a concussions as a result of a sledding accident, sought help at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s concussion clinic. Doctors mapped out a detailed recovery plan that went against conventional wisdom that rest is best. Dr. Stacy Suskauer said new research shows stimulating the brain and the body up to a certain point can speed recovery.
Bite, Chew, Swallow: How to Deal With Dysphagia When You Have MS
Having trouble swallowing is both frightening and unpleasant, but help is available to make eating and drinking easier. Martin B. Brodsky, PhD, assistant professor and speech-language pathologist in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, comments on different types of swallowing problems in patients with multiple sclerosis and ways to overcome them.
Dr. Odonkor on Engaging the Next Generation of Physiatrists
Dr. Charles Odonkor was featured in the October issue of Physiatry in Motion, Resident and Fellow Council newsletter of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. In this article, Dr. Odonkor discusses the value of physical medicine and rehabilitation training for medical students and the importance of introducing them to the field earlier in their medical careers.
Founding the First PM&R Interest Group at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Co-presidents Anne Kuwabara and Stanley Guillaume and Vice President Samiran Bhattacharya, current and former students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discuss how they conceptualized and formed the first ever medical student PM&R interest group in the 123-year history of the institution.
Dr. Chhatre on How Your Purse Could be Causing Your Back Pain
New York magazine reached out to Dr. Akhil Chhatre to comment on whether carrying a heavy bag could lead to back and neck pain. He explained how carrying a heavy load on one side of the body can indeed cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms. But because these symptoms are not always immediate, you may not realize where your back or neck pain is stemming from.
4 Myths About Kids and Concussions
During her experiences helping parents and patients seeking help for a suspected concussion, Dr. Stacy Suskauer has heard many myths about both diagnosis and treatment. In this article, she talks about four myths that can be a barrier to identifying a concussion and helping a child recover.
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