2/1/2016 | Lauren Jarmusz According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are defined as “ injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and disorders of the nerves, tendons, muscles and supporting structures of the upper and lower limbs, neck, and lower back that are caused, precipitated or exacerbated by sudden exertion or prolonged exposure to physical factors such as repetition, force, vibration, or awkward posture. ” What in the world does that mean and how does it apply to you?
Differences Between Muscle & Bone Healthcare Practitioners
1/24/2016 | Lauren Jarmusz Did you get injured doing activity but don’t know which health care provider to go to? You’re not alone. With a wide variety of health care practitioners that are certified to treat muscular & skeletal (musculoskeletal) disorders, it can be quite confusing. Here, I hope to clarify the major differences in musculoskeletal clinicians and the general progression of care/ referral process if you are injured.
Northwestern University Professor Creates Startup to Help Primary Care Practices Thrive Using Data Science
1/20/2016 | Marquis Cabrera | Originally appeared on Huffington Post Recently, I asked Northwestern University Assistant Professor and Founder of PRIMR, Dr. Nicholas Soulakis, to tell me how he plans to use data science to innovate health care. Dr. Soulakis is a public health scientist whose research focus lies at the intersection of epidemiology and informatics; he is particularly interested in understanding the expanding, data-rich environment created by health information technology, and leveraging computationally techniques to monitor and improve healthcare quality. Previously, he was a programmer, Manager at American Express, and Research Scientist and Director at The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -- these roles led him to start PRIMR.
1/20/2016 | Lauren Jarmusz | Originally appeared on Health Innovators Website In today's entrepreneurial market, company giants such as Facebook, Skype, and Instagram choose to target generations Y and Z, in hopes to create a tech savvy customer base which will use these services throughout their lifetime. This is indeed sound logic, but are today's entrepreneurs neglecting a generation soon to be an extremely profitable investment? The baby boomers are projected to climb from 41 million in 2011 to 71 million by 2029. With about 3 million baby boomers reaching retirement age every year for about the next 20yrs, one would think an intelligent decision would be to take advantage of these possible 60 million customers. Some companies are already ahead of the curve inventing and branding technologies.
Using Our Powers for Good & Future of Physical Therapy
1/19/2016 | Lauren Jarmusz | Originally appeared on Strive Labs Website Within the past 20 years, the PT profession has undergone multiple changes in order to improve the both the practices and patient outcomes. No longer is a master’s degree sufficient for entry-level practice. The American Physical Therapy Association has mandated that all programs for physical therapy be at the doctoral level by 2020. Within the past year, the APTA has published a new Guide to PT Practice 3.0, and has outlined new roles and responsibilities for PTs to get involved with population health initiatives. With the push for healthy living and keeping active, who is more knowledgeable in this domain than physical therapists? No one.
3/30/2015 | Lauren Jarmusz Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, decreased attention, and loss of energy. Sound familiar? If the answer if yes, do these symptoms seem to flare up when you when sitting at your desk for long hours? Ergonomics, or the “science of work”, is “intended to provide optimum comfort and to avoid stress or injury while in a certain position”. Within the last few years, ergonomics has become a hot topic. Numerous companies jumped on the band wagon developing ergonomic chairs, desks, back rests, and keyboards. It’s great that these products were developed, but they really won’t help unless you understand how your body position throughout the day affects your joints, muscles, and ligaments and in which way to modify your body to put yourself in proper alignment.
3/27/2015 | Lauren Jarmusz Define: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - A Doctor of Physical Therapy is a health professional which specializes in how abnormal and normal physiological [bodily] functions affect the muscular & skeletal systems of the body. A DPT has a deep understanding of abnormal and normal biomechanics [how the body is supposed to move.] A DPT is able to diagnosis and treat muscular and skeletal deficits by combining his/her knowledge in physiology and biomechanics.