July 2017 - Volume 41 - Issue 3

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ivstep-logo-greyback-107yz80-300x298.png​​JNPT is excited to bring you an online supplemental IV STEP special issue​. This special IV STEP issue, which is available online only, is a compendium of the IV STEP conference. In this issue leaders in the field of neurologic physical therapy, who presented at IV STEP, shed light on the 4 Ps (Prevention, Prediction, Plasticity, and Participation) that were the themes of IV STEP. Topics include the movement system, the potential impact of genetic variation on outcomes, dosage, technology, and other important topics.

Please find the IV Step Supplement for Pediatric Physical Therapy here: 

PPT IV Step Supplement​

Complex Cases: A Force for Change

[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the July 2017 issue of JNPT]

Physical therapy is well positioned to have a profound impact on advancements in treatment of people with complex and rare diseases. This vantage is due, in part, to the amount of time physical therapists spend with their patients. Time allows a more thorough evaluation of both the clinical presentation and the treatment efficacy, which illuminates the complexity of presentation and allows a deep understanding of its impact on the individual.

There are more than 6800 known rare diseases defined as a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States at any given time. These diseases are often referred to as "orphaned diseases" because their small numbers mean that they are rarely the target of research and development for pharmacological or biological interventions. While relatively small in comparison to the general population, it is estimated that more than 25 million people in the United States have a rare disease, making it a highly relevant issue in health care. In addition, if we consider those individuals with complex diagnosis, for which a precise definition is currently being discussed, the number of challenging medical conditions markedly increases.

 Read the full editorial in this issue​.

Associate Editors and Special Issue Editors Teresa Kimberley and Michael Schubert​

Dear Reader,

The July 2017 issue of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy is now available. This special issue on Complex Cases and Rare Diseases was edited by Associate Editors Teresa Kimberley, PT, PhD and Michael Schubert, PT, PhD. In this issue there are 4 case studies, 1 systematic review, and 1 special interest article. In a systematic review, Koter and colleagues investigate the clinimetric properties of clinical outcome measures used with people with lateropulsion post-stroke. In a case series of two patients with late stage Huntington Disease, Fritz and colleagues describe the use of a physical therapy Treatment–Based Classifications for HD. De Patre and colleagues report on visual and motor recovery for a patient with cortical blindness after cognitive therapeutic exercises. McCain and Shearin describe the use of a clinical framework for functional recovery to improve walking ability in a client with a severe traumatic brain injury. Schubert and colleagues describe a patient with initial occurrence then recurrence of a high velocity (≥30 deg/sec), persistent direction-changing geotropic nystagmus and vertigo with an intensity variable based on head position, which was difficult to manage. Lobo and colleagues describe single-case studies and contrast them with case studies and randomized clinical trials.

Be sure to check out the abstracts of current literature with the focus on Clinical Practice Guidelines. JNPT also wishes to thank Drs. Beth Fisher, Alice Nieuwboer, Daniel Ferris, and Cath Dean who are stepping down from their role as editorial board members. We are excited to welcome Drs. Gerard Fluet, Merril Landers, James Lynskey, and Ryan Duncan on to the JNPT editorial board.

Congratulations to the following members of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy who were recently honored at the APTA NEXT meeting:

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA: Regina T. Harbourne, PT, PhD, FAPTA and David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Lucy Blair Service Award: Jennifer B. Christy, PT, PhD and Dennis W. Fell, PT, MD
  • Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award: Cathy Haines Ciolek, PT, DPT
  • Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching: Myla Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS
  • Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award: Deanna Wanzek, PT

JNPT invites original research for a special issue on Physical Therapy for Parkinson Disease - Mechanisms and Interventions. Please see the JNPT website​ for more detail.

George Fulk, PT, PhD 

Digital Media Editor​

​JNPT invites original research articles for a special issue on Parkinson Disease. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2019, will feature manuscripts that provide a deeper understanding of neurologic physical therapy and exercise interventions for people with PD, as well as the possible mechanisms underlying improvement.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editors: Terry Ellis (tellis@bu.edu), Lee Dibble (Lee.Dibble@hsc.Utah.edu), or Daniel Peterson (daniel.peterson1@asu.edu) regarding their submission. Please see the Call for Manuscripts​ page for more information.

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