The goal of the DPT research program is to mentor students through the research process by collaboration and participation in faculty directed research projects.
DPT research projects are developed from programmatic research lines and focus on strategies to optimize the prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders in military healthcare beneficiaries.
DPT research knowledge products are disseminated to the Physical Therapy and Military Health System communities through scientific meeting presentations, peer-reviewed literature, and post-professional educational platforms.
"Promoting Readiness Through Research"
During the recent 2023 APTA CSM held in San Diego, CA, the Army-Baylor DPT Faculty and Students presented 8 research abstracts as platform or poster presentations and taught 2 pre-conference education courses!
This hands-on session introduces participants to musculoskeletal ultrasound as a point-of care-tool to enhance clinical management decisions. This session consists of foundational background information on the physics, controls, and proper image acquisition for MSKUS. It takes a regional approach to cover multiple body regions. Didactic instructional sessions include an anatomy review, evidence-based background, sonoanatomy, and proper acoustic windows for various body regions. Hands-on demonstration and practice consist of standardized ultrasound examinations. This session maximizes lab time to allow participants to gain hands-on training and feedback from instructors on proper image acquisition and interpretation. Case studies describe how MSKUS can enhance clinical decision making in various physical therapy settings.Jon A. Umlauf, PT, DPT, DSc
In this session, presenters describe the value of point of care ultrasound, or POCUS, as a useful imaging modality for evaluating and managing lateral ankle sprains, or LAS. Lateral ankle sprains are a common and complex injury resulting in mechanical and neurophysiological impairments, high recurrence rates in the year following injury, and long-term sequelae resulting from chronic ankle instability, or CAI and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Since the pattern of tissues injured and associated impairments in joint mobility and stability are highly variable, a comprehensive examination is essential to prescribe individualized care. POCUS is a readily available imaging modality that can assess and quantify tissue disruption and neuromotor function following LAS. The speakers present a systematic evaluation process that integrates POCUS to enhance decision-making and as a biofeedback tool during the management of LAS and CAI. Finally, case examples are provided to illustrate how POCUS can improve clinical decision making and guide intervention to enhance outcomes.Matthew Lane Bush, PT, DPT, DSc, Steven Keith Hunter, PT, DPT, DSc, Jon A. Umlauf, PT, DPT, DSc, Bradley Scott Wells, PT, DPT, DSc and John J. Fraser, PT, DPT, PhD
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