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physical therapy Accomplishments

Oct 16, 2018
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy) and department alumni Theresa French, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; Brooks Klein, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; and Young Lee, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; co-authored “Patellofemoral Joint Stress During Incline and Decline Running,” which appears in the current issue of Physical Therapy in Sport. The study’s results revealed significant increases of patellofemoral joint stress during decline running that is primarily driven by less trunk flexion. This is the first study to assess the effects of gradients on knee loading while running.

Sep 5, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a research grant by Encompass Health Corporation to support his study "Mobility and Patient-Perceived Outcomes of Rehabilitation after Lower Extremity Amputation Surgery." His work aims to improve the efficacy of physical therapy, and to enhance mobility and quality of life among individuals with limb loss. This collaborative project involves UNLV, prosthetics and orthotics clinics, and physical therapy clinics, as well as Encompass Health Corporation rehabilitation hospitals within the greater Las Vegas area.

Aug 29, 2018
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Dr. Eric Farbman (Medicine), Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), and Dr. Daniel Orr II (Dental Medicine) accepted invitations to speak during the Inter-professional Health Symposium on Parkinson’s Disease, hosted by Friends of Parkinson’s. Basu led a breakout session focused on dietary antioxidants and nutrition; Farbman provided the welcome and introduction, and moderated a session discussion; Landers moderated two session discussions; and Orr discussed providing dental care for those with the disease.

Aug 22, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a National Institutes of Health Research Scientist Development Award sponsored by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The five-year, $655,000 award aims to advance the understanding of fundamental principles for motor skill acquisition among individuals with and at risk for limb loss. The goal of this research is to develop evidence-based amputee rehabilitation strategies. UNLV faculty members Robert Gregor (School of Allied Health Sciences) and Gabriele Wulf (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) serve as mentors of this project.

Jun 14, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, Ya-Ting Hsu (both Physical Therapy), and Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with two alums, Marissa Toberman, '12 BS Kinesiology and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Betina Bair, '03 BA Communication Studies and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, co-authored “Gender and Posture are Significant Risk Factors to Musculoskeletal Symptoms during Touchscreen Tablet Computer Use.” The study, which noted that among all postural factors, sitting without back support was the most important risk factor for having musculoskeletal symptoms, appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.  

Jun 6, 2018
Jing Nong Liang (Physical Therapy) and Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) received a Faculty Opportunity Award in the collaborative interdisciplinary research category for their study “Modifying the Spinal Circuitry to Improve Walking and BDNF Expression in Individuals Post-Stroke.” Liang also received a School of Allied Health Sciences Summer Research Fellowship for her study “Restoration of Spinal Circuit Function to Improve Walking in Individuals with Post-Stroke Hemiparesis.”

Jun 4, 2018
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy) and David Lee (Life Sciences) received a Faculty Opportunity Award in the collaborative interdisciplinary research category for their study “Knee Pain, Tendon Degeneration, and Limb-Socket Dynamics in Trans-Tibial Amputees.” Their work seeks to understand how below-the-knee prosthetic sockets influence the transmission of loads and the deformation of tissues in the residual limb during walking, and then relate the parameters to patellar tendon morphology and clinical measures of knee joint function and pain.

Apr 11, 2018
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy) and program alumni Jayson McClaren (’17) and Skyler Sudweeks (’17) co-authored “Acute Effects of Walking on the Deformation of Femoral Articular Cartilage in Older Adults,” which appeared online in March (ahead-of-print) in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The study was a first of its kind comparing the acute effects of walking on femoral cartilage deformation among older adults with and without knee degeneration.      

Apr 6, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, along with students Vincent Dinglasan, Anthony Duong, and Russell Totten (all Physical Therapy) co-authored “Individuals with Recurrent Low Back Pain Exhibit Reduced Paraspinal Muscle Strength after Intramuscular Fine-wire EMG Electrode Insertion to Lumbar Multifidus.” Professor Lee also co-authored with students Tyler Chin, Heather Fox, and Juan Gutierrez (all Physical Therapy)  “Access to Physical Therapy and Socioeconomic Status on Fear of Falling and Mobility Outcomes in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss.” The authors presented their respective works during the America Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting held in March.

Jan 9, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) along with Joshua P. Bailey (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences alum) and Stephanie Barton, David Brown, and Talia Joyce (Physical Therapy alumni) co-authored “Adaptations of lumbar biomechanics after four weeks of running training with minimalist footwear and technique guidance: Implications for running-related lower back pain,” which appeared in the January issue of Physical Therapy in Sport. The four-week study concluded minimalist running training programs produce significant changes in lumbar biomechanics, with runners adopting a more extended lumbar posture and reduced lumbar paraspinal muscle activation. The findings may have clinical implications for treating individuals with running-related lower back pain.