Hump Day Hustling – Weekly Research Summary – January 11, 2023

WA dry needling battle, real talk on obesity, falls prevention guide, and much more coming at you in this edition of Hump Day Hustling! Enjoy, and if you want to dive deeper with ICE Physio we’ve got over 200 courses slated for 2023, check out our Upcoming Dates and Locations to reserve your spot!

Falls Prevention

CDC & STEADI Teaming up

Looking to be a leader in the falls prevention space for your community? This comprehensive guide walks you through how to create and implement a fall prevention program in the inpatient setting. It goes into detail about how to obtain leadership support, metrics to track, accountability and quality measures, and specific tasks for the entire interdisciplinary team. Even has a case study included at the end!


Losing weight is hard, keeping it off is harder

“In a meta-analysis of 29 long-term weight loss studies, more than half of the lost weight was regained within two years, and by five years more than 80% of lost weight was regained” That is one of many sobering statements in this recent open access in Medical Clinics of North America. The paper does a great job diving into legit detail on each of the many variables involved with weight management, and in many cases delivers action items to improve your ability to come alongside folks in their journey. One of our favorites is the NIH Body Weight Planner which moves us from the strict “calories in calories out” and accounts for dynamic changes in energy balance that happen as a result of caloric fluctuation.

Blood Flow Restriction

Target: Lateral Elbow?

It certainly isn’t the first place you think of when you think BFR, but this prospective RCT from December’s JOSPT supports its’ role in the region. Compared to sham BFR those who got the real deal also got some additional and statistically significant improvements in pain intensity, pain free grip strength, and the patient-rated tennis elbow evaluation (PRTEE). Important to note that both groups did improve, but if you’ve got the equipment it looks like tossing the cuffs on might give things a favorable boost.

Vigorous Physical Activity

Science says some is better than none

25,241 “non exerciser” participants rocked wrist accelerometers more than 16 hours per day more than 3 days of the week in this 2023 JAMA piece. The data gained allowed researchers to compare mortality rates among “nonexercisers” who did and did not have bouts of Vigorous Intermittent Lifestyle Physical Activity VILPA (think climbing flights of stairs or brisk uphill walking) recorded by their accelerometers. The findings? “Death from any cause or from cancer was 38% to 40% lower among those who engaged in a minimum of 1 or 2 minutes of VILPA 3 times a day than among those who did not engage in any VILPA. VILPA was also associated with a 48% to 49% decrease in mortality from cardiovascular disease.” 🤯

While we would LOVE to see everyone turn into a savage gym goer, we keep front of mind the life lengthening effects of finding small opportunities for vigorous physical activity right within someone’s existing workflow!

Dry Needling

The WA legislative battle is ON!

If you’ve been around awhile, and certainly if you live on the west coast, you know the struggle for PTs in the dry needling space is real. Well a new Washington dry needling bill is in session TODAY, and written testimony is accepted for 24 hours after the hearing! Take a peek at this IG post from iDryNeedle for background and let’s make some noise together, our patients deserve therapists that can use all of our tools to help them!

Diversity Leadership

We’re welcoming our newest leaders!

The “ICE Opportunity” has recently been renamed the “ICE Diversity Leadership” and we’re thrilled to welcome our latest award winners! Please check out this recent IG post welcoming Dr. Rachel Atufunwa on board! The ICE Diversity Leadership program allows select high performers to access the ICE curriculum and mentorship from our administration/leadership team as they strive to continue elevating in our profession!

PTonICE Rewind

Did you miss any of our ICE Physio podcasts last week? Well here you go!

Monday: “3 tips to stop scaring postpartum patients” (Jessica Gingerich)
Tuesday: “The key to treating recurrent low back pain” (Zac Morgan)
Wednesday: “Stop artificially scoring the OASIS” (Julie Brauer)
Thursday: “Where the wolf dies the pack survives” (Alan Fredendall)
Friday: “Maintaining endurance fitness during injury” (Jason Lunden)

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📢 On Virtual ICE next week we’ll be chatting Dry Needling with ICE faculty Paul Killoren! Not in our virtual mentorship program? Find out how to enroll and learn more HERE