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physical therapy Accomplishments

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.

Nov 20, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Toward a Common Language for Measuring Patient Mobility in the Hospital: Reliability and Construct Validity of Interprofessional Mobility Measures,” which evaluated the reliability and minimal detectable change of Activity Measure-Post Acute Care Inpatient Mobility Short Form and Johns Hopkins Highest Level of Mobility when completed by nurses and physical therapists, and the construct validity of both measures when used by nurses. The article appeared as an e-publication during November and is scheduled to run in a future issue of Physical Therapy.

Nov 14, 2017
Jing Nong Liang, Trisha Koch, Brooke Conway, and Eric Akoopie (all Physical Therapy) co-authored “Changes in Soleus H-reflexes Following Slope Walking in People Post-Stroke,” which was accepted for display during the American Society of Neurorehabilitation annual meeting. The team also co-authored “Neuromuscular Adaptations Following Acute Bout of Slope Walking in Individuals Post-Stroke,” which was accepted for display during the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting.

Sep 27, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) and Du Feng (Nursing) co-authored “The Development and Preliminary Validity Testing of the Healing Progression Rate Tool,” which described the initial development of a new instrument to measure wound healing. The article appeared in the September issue of Ostomy Wound Management.

Aug 29, 2017
Jing Nong Liang (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Standing on Wedges Modifies Side-Specific Postural Control in the Presence of Lateral External Perturbations,” which investigated the role of wedges and external lateral perturbations on anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments. This publication is part of an inter-institutional collaborative project with University of Illinois at Chicago to develop balance re-training paradigms for the elderly and individuals with neurological impairments. The article appeared in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.