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DPT student-faculty research team makes scholarly presentation at national conference
Posted 12/15/2017 01:23PM

A Misericordia University student-faculty research team from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program recently made the scholarly presentation, "The Efficacy of Kinesiology Taping in the Treatment of Women with Post-Mastectomy Lymphedema: A Systematic Review,'' at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts.

The student researchers, Rachael Harding, Ringwood, N.J.; Kathryn Heffner, Somerset, N.J., and Aryn Zimmerman, Murrysville, were advised by Amy Tremback-Ball, P.T., Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy. The scholarly presentation outlined the defining characteristics and underlying pathology of post-mastectomy lymphedema; the benefits of kinesiology tape in treatment of women with post-mastectomy lymphedema, and demonstrated how kinesiology tape can be used in conjunction with more traditional lymphedema treatments.

NEXT is the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) annual national conference. The leading-edge event for physical therapy professionals offers timely topics, the latest trends in technology, and exclusive access to the profession's top leaders. Conference presenters are noted experts and the sessions directly benefit attendees by providing advanced learning and best practices, according to APTA.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University is a 6½-year professional program in which students receive a bachelor's degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree. Undergraduate students complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree during their first 3½ years of study in programs like biology, business administration, health care management, psychology, sport management, and more. Students accepted into the Misericordia program as first-year students are guaranteed to progress into the graduate program as long as they are in good academic standing.

Misericordia also accepts transfer students into the doctoral program. Academically qualified students with a bachelor's degree can complete the doctorate degree in three years.

For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/pt.

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The Misericordia University Doctor of Physical Therapy student-faculty research team, from left, Rachael Harding, Ringwood, N.J.; Kathryn Heffner, Somerset, N.J.; Aryn Zimmerman, Murrysville, Pa., and Amy Tremback-Ball, P.T., Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy, made the scholarly presentation, 'The Efficacy of Kinesiology Taping in the Treatment of Women with Post-Mastectomy Lymphedema: A Systematic Review,' at at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts.

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