Fall 2016, Volume 7, Issue 6

EBSCO Health Rehabilitation Reference Center™ Newsletter including topics on Chronic Idiopathic Neck Pain, Organic Articulation Disorder, and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children


Welcome back to EBSCO Health's free evidence-based Rehabilitation Reference Center newsletter. We will periodically send news on the latest evidence in rehabilitation. Please share this with your colleagues, students, practitioners and others who would benefit from this information.

Rehabilitation Reference Center in Daily Practice

Neck Pain, Chronic: Idiopathic

Mrs. G is a 65-year-old woman being treated in the rehabilitation unit for functional decline following a total hip replacement. She has a history of chronic neck pain.

The physical therapist wants to find the most recent research on chronic idiopathic neck pain. She consults Rehabilitation Reference Center, keying in the words "chronic idiopathic neck pain." She locates the clinical review "Neck Pain, Chronic: Idiopathic."

She reads about chronic idiopathic neck pain, including pathogenesis, indications and contraindications for physical therapy. She then reviews the examination section of the clinical review. After completing the physical and subjective examination, she goes on to read about the treatment of patients who have chronic idiopathic neck pain.

Based on the clinical review and the examination findings, the physical therapist proceeds with therapeutic exercise and with patient education.

Note: The above-referenced clinical review is freely accessible to all readers of the EBSCO Health Rehabilitation Reference Center Newsletter.

Quick Overview

Articulation Disorder, Organic

Developmental or congenital impairment of speech production with an identifiable physical cause is known as an organic articulation disorder. There are many possible causes of organic articulation disorders, and severity can range from mild to profound. A speech-language evaluation of a patient with a known or suspected organic articulation disorder should include thorough assessments of speech and speech sound inventory, language skills and functional communication ability. Speech therapy treatment can include facilitative techniques and biofeedback.

Please log in to your Rehabilitation Reference Center subscription to read the clinical review on "Speech Sound Disorders: Articulation Disorder, Organic."

Evidence-Based Content Update

Recently, the clinical review "Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children" was revised following review as part of the Systematic Literature Surveillance Program. Information of value to physical therapy practice was found in a research study.

Researchers in the United States found that use of a fitness tracker (FitBit) was feasible for increasing activity level in children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia during treatment. There was a significant correlation between steps per day in the week prior to steroid pulse treatment and fatigue after the steroid pulse treatment that suggested physical activity may be protective from fatigue during steroid pulse treatment.

We invite you to log in to Rehabilitation Reference Center to read new and updated clinical reviews as they become available.

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