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On December 14, 2007, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced legislation to enable physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, the Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act (S. 2485)  Earlier this year U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (D-AR) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) introduced the companion bill, HR 1134.

Medicare financial limits on critical rehabilitation services would be postponed under legislation introduced last week by US Representatives Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tom Allen (D-ME). These therapy caps on physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology are scheduled to go into effect Jan 1, 2008. The Long Term Care Quality & Modernization Act of 2007(HR 4082), however, would extend an exceptions process based on the clinical judgment of health care providers.

It is important to identify why most of these injuries occur: repetitive movement. Anytime you overuse or continually make demands on an area of the body that bends, rotates or twists — I’m talking about your joints — you run the risk of incurring a wear-and-tear injury. Add time and impact to this repetition and you wind up with chronic pain. So, one way to remain active is to find ways to avoid stressing the afflicted joint.

Seeking the advice of a physical therapist is a good first step. They will identify the problem, prescribe the treatment necessary for rehabilitation, suggest helpful exercises and supply you with a list of exercises to avoid.


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