Newswise — Dallas, TX – April 19, 2016 – Today, Jennifer Hopp, MD, presented her research “Corrected Error Video vs. Physical Therapy Instructed Home Exercise Program: Accuracy of Performing Therapeutic Exercises” at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in Dallas, TX.

The 2016 conference, with more than 1,600 sports medicine physicians attending from throughout the United States and around the world, explores current decisions, controversies as well as best practices that define the clinical practice of sports medicine.

Dr. Hopp, who currently practices in Midlothian, VA, presented her research comparing two teaching options for shoulder rehabilitation exercises. Many chronic and acute musculoskeletal conditions and injuries respond well to physical therapy (PT). As well, a PT program following surgery is often necessary to achieve the maximum benefits when recovering from surgery. “With the rising cost of health care, co-pays and deductibles have increased putting more of the burden of health care costs on patient,” Dr. Hopp stated. “Multiple sessions of PT a week can be costly to patients and affect patient recovery.” Dr. Hopp’s research compared the effectiveness of an in-home DVD based teaching program to an in-person instruction session with a physical therapist.

The patients in this multi-center study, performed at the University of North Carolina and Houston Methodist in Texas, were taught four shoulder exercises, either in person with a physical therapist, or through a corrected error video (CEV) DVD. After one week of practice, the patients were evaluated on how well they performed those exercises. No difference was found in how well the groups performed when graded using the total Shoulder Exam Assessment Tool (13.66 ± 0.29 vs 13.46 ± 0.30 for CEV vs PT, p-value 0.64). “These results reinforce the possibility that PT videos can be used to augment traditional physical therapy sessions. Additionally, it may be a better media to demonstrate exercises than the traditional paper handouts that are often provided after a physical therapy,” said Dr. Hopp.

About the AMSSM Annual Meeting: The conference features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including concussion and mental health, tendinopathy, running medicine with a focus on nutrition, mechanics, youth running and ultramarathon, thromboembolic events, diabetes, sideline management of abdominal and chest trauma, low back pain, emerging technologies, bone health including a stress fracture workshop and treatment/interpretation of bone edema on MRI and more.

About the AMSSM: AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 3,000 sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.