Balance and functional mobility predict low bone mineral density among postmenopausal women undergoing recent menopause with osteoporosis, osteopenia, and normal bone mineral density: A cross-sectional study

A B S T R A C T The purpose of this study was to determine whether balance and functional mobility independently predict bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women. BMD at the hip and spine was measured with dualenergy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Participants were assigned into groups (i.e., osteoporosis: n=20; osteopenia: n=20; normal BMD: n=20) according to DEXA T-scores. Participants performed the single leg stance test (SLS), timed-up-and-go (TUG), and 6-meter walking test. An ordinal logistic regression was performed to determine whether the SLS, TUG, 6MWT independently predict BMD, while accounting for age, age at menopause, and body mass index. Three factors predicted low BMD: (1) less time to hold the SLS (odds ratio (OR): 0.50); (2) longer TUG Read More

Interested in joining team AIB?

The American Institute of Balance is currently hiring ADJUNCT FACULTY to assist with teaching/teaching-related duties. AIB is a global healthcare company based in Tampa, Florida. It is internationally recognized as the proven leader in the evaluation, treatment, and education of Vestibular and Equilibrium Science and Concussion Management. Responsibilities may include any of the following: provide classroom assistance through lectures and a variety of laboratory-based activities, facilitate small group break-out sessions/group discussions, serve as a liaison between students and primary faculty, maintain a supportive and safe classroom/laboratory environment, assist with evaluating student performance/assessments, and provide ancillary support services for instructors as needed. Time commitment: Availability to teach onsite at AIB in Tampa, FL on Friday from 8-6 pm, and/or availability to Read More

Cognitive functioning in Deaf children using Cochlear implants

BMC Pediatrics (2021) 21:71 Authors: Fidaa Almomani, Murad O. Al-momani, Soha Garadat, Safa Alqudah, Manal Kassab, Shereen Hamadneh, Grant Rauterkus, and Richard Gans Read Article Background: Cognitive abilities like language, memory, reasoning, visualization, and perceptual functioning shape human action and are considered critical to the successful interaction with the environment. Alternatively, hearing loss can disrupt a child’s ability to communicate, and negatively impact cognitive development. Cochlear implants (CI) restore auditory input thereby supporting communication and may enhance cognitive performance. Read More

Balance performance in patients with heart failure

Tanriverdia et al (Heart & Lung 49, 458–462 (2020)) recruited more than two dozen patients with heart failure and compared their performance in tests of static, dynamic, and functional balance to controls. Participants with heart failure were outperformed in Unilateral Stance testing, as well as Limits of Stability. The authors call for balance assessments at the outset of cardiac rehabilitation programs, and their work highlights the importance of the physical therapist in the care team for patients with heart failure.