The Appendix may be more important than we thought.

To be or not to be? When it comes to the appendix, that seems to be the question. The appendix has been called a vestigial organ, but that interpretation may be changing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appendix_(anatomy) We were taught in school that the appendix seemed to have no apparent purpose and should absolutely be removed if inflamed. This still seems to be the …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants young athletes to STOP

I have been very blessed in my career to learn and work with some of the very best in sports medicine. It is always humbling to see professionals at this level so passionate about helping to reduce injuries in youth athletics. Therapists, doctors and parents of athletes and coaches, this is a must watch and a must read about Dr. James Andrews. …

Trent Nessler PT TheraBand ACL Kits

Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

10 Tips for Making a More Comfortable Orthosis

Making a supportive and comfortable orthosis helps your patient stick to the wearing schedule. When your patient feels that their custom-made orthosis is uncomfortable, they simply will not wear it despite its necessity for optimum recovery. Use these ten tips to make an orthosis that is supportive and comfortable so that your patient will stick to the wearing schedule as outlined and optimize their …

Pain Therapy Options: A patient-based outcome review of pain management devices

PainTech – Pain Therapy Options A patient-based outcome review of pain management devices, including the Willow Curve January/February 2019- Practical Pain Management Journal Tiziano A. Marovino DPT, MPH, DAIPM Michael Majewski, BAA, CSCS   Chief Health Strategy and Innovation Officer Research Associate Biogenesis Group, LLC TLC Group Ypsilanti, MI Ypsilanti, MI  This device review focuses on technologies that have emerged …

Dr. Marovino

Dr. Tiziano Marovino

DPT, MPH, DAIPM

Magnesium deficiency and its potential link to Inflammation

The study below briefly discusses the importance of having the right levels of magnesium and the potential systemic health concerns of being deficient for yourself and for your patients. Also, did you know that Epsom salt is made up of magnesium sulfate? Read below . . . Dietary magnesium and C-reactive protein levels. King DE, Mainous AG 3rd, Geesey ME, Woolson RF Department …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

A Case for Cupping – Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Below is a great RCT out of Hualien City, Taiwan, on the Effectiveness of Cupping. It was conducted in a nursing research laboratory at the Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology. Lee-Mei Chi, 1 , 2 Li-Mei Lin, 3 Chien-Lin Chen, 4 , 5 Shu-Fang Wang, 6 Hui-Ling Lai, 7 and Tai-Chu Peng 1 , 7 , * Evid …

Sue Falsone PT

Sue Falsone

PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain Robert Topp, Kara Solem, Jena Etnoyer-Slaski, and Barton Bishop Journal of Performance Health Research Volume 1, Issue 2. Pages 40–47DOI: 10.25036/jphr.2017.1.2.topp.2 © 2017 Performance Health www.performancehealthresearch.com OBSERVATIONAL COHORT Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients with …

Mechanisms and time course of menthol-induced cutaneous vasodilation

This great paper by Craighead, McCartney,  Tumlinson and Alexander describes the vasodilation dose-response of topical menthol. In the post below, we’ve listed some important info from the study, but to read the full study, please see the link at the bottom of the article…  Microvasc Res. 2017 Mar;110:43-47. doi: 10.1016/j.mvr.2016.11.008. Epub 2016 Nov 27  Craighead DH, McCartney NB, Tumlinson JH, …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

How Topical Analgesics Really Work

There is nothing new about the use of menthol as a topical analgesic.1 The skin contains a dense neural network embedded in the dermal-epidermal junction. Fibrous strands from these deep nerves project outward to the skin’s surface. Stimuli to the cutaneous region is perceived by these nerves, which can result in pain signaling or the initiation of the inflammatory cascade. …

OxyRub Clinical Trials

The base product for the revolutionary OxyRub PRO – the professional strength topical analgesic created by Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr. – is OxyRub, the pain reliever originally created by Dr. Pergolizzi several years back. In several clinical trials, OxyRub was tested in various settings. In these studies, the products used allowed for the minimal effective dose, that is, the lowest …