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Articles posted in September, 2012

Peripheral Artery Disease: are Exercise Therapy Gains Long-lasting?

Supervised exercise therapy is a commonly prescribed treatment for peripheral artery disease, improving both quality of life and functional capacity. But after exercise therapy ends, do these gains disappear? Peripheral artery disease is a common condition that is often associated with considerable pain, reduced physical function, and diminished quality of…

Combined (Complex) Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema: Challenging our Current Standard of Care

There is no consensus on a single best therapy for treating the chronic swelling condition known as lymphedema.  As a result, the gold standard treatment is in fact a combination of techniques known as Combined (or “Complex” or “Comprehensive”) Decongestive Therapy (CDT).  The components of CDT: manual lymphatic drainage, compression,…

New Research Suggests Lymphatic Tissue Self-Regeneration May Hold Promise for Treating Secondary Lymphedema

The chronic swelling condition known as Secondary Lymphedema arises due to damage of the lymphatic system (typically as a side-effect of cancer treatment) which decreases the ability of the system to drain excess tissue fluid back into the blood stream.  There is currently no cure for lymphedema, which must instead…

Nintendo “Wii-hab”: a Physiotherapy Fad?

The September issue of the journal “Physiotherapy” includes 8 peer-reviewed research publications investigating the use of the Nintendo Wii gaming system in rehabilitation.  A quick search reveals that there are currently over 100 such published studies, on topics ranging from rehabilitation of lower body injuries, to functional retraining for neurological…