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27.4 Frontiers in Orthopaedic Science
OFFER VALID APRIL 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020


This monograph series introduces the reader to the emerging fields of regenerative medicine and sensor technologies and their role in advancing orthopaedic rehabilitation. Experts in each of these areas share their insight on what the future holds and how it can impact physical therapy practice and rehabilitation. A review of the biology underlying tissue injury and repair are covered along with the role stem cell therapy can provide. Specific technology applications are provided for telehealth and virtual reality.

  1. Describe the primary stages and timeframes for tissue healing following injury.
  2. Discuss the role of the inflammatory process in optimizing recovery.
  3. Discuss local and systemic factors impacting tissue healing.
  4. Describe the structure of peripheral nerves.
  5. Explain the repair and regeneration process following nerve injury.
  6. Discuss the importance of Schwann cells in repair and regeneration of peripheral nerves.
  7. Cite 3 fields of study that can successfully merge engineering technologies with physical therapy.
  8. Understand the different types of sensing technologies and their potential role in rehabilitation.
  9. Define robotics and describe the opportunities and challenges of using robots in physical therapy.
  10. Describe how engineering technologies are expanding physical therapy practice.
  11. Describe the fundamental biology of a stem cell and therapeutic applications of stem cells.
  12. Describe the underlying technologies used to engineer tissue.
  13. Discuss cellular therapeutics and the impact on treatment of orthopaedic conditions.
  14. Cite current evidence for the use of regenerative medicine technologies in orthopaedic clinical practice.
  15. Provide examples of telehealth applications and evidence supporting its use in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
  16. Provide examples of virtual reality applications and evidence supporting its use in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
  17. Discuss practical strategies for implementing telehealth into musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
  18. Discuss the practical considerations for implementing virtual reality into musculoskeletal physical therapist practice.
  19. Provide recommendation and future directions for telehealth and virtual reality with advances in te

  • The Science of Neuromuscular Healing
    Andrew Piraino, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
  • Interfacing Engineering Technology and Rehabilitation: A New Frontier for Physical Therapy
    Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD; Denise M. Peters, PT, PhD; Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Regenerative Medicine
    Nana Takenaka-Niganawa, PT, PhD; Akira Ito, PT, PhD; Tomoki Aoyama, MD, PhD
  • Telehealth and Virtual Reality in Musculoskeletal Practice
    Alan C. Lee, PT, PhD, DPT, CWS; Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD, FAPTA
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Frontiers in Orthopaedic Science

This series introduces the reader to the emerging fields of regenerative medicine and sensor technologies and their role in advancing orthopaedic rehabilitation.

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