I Am Not Defined By A Technique

I am a physical therapist.  I am a physical therapist who uses manual therapy.  One who uses exercise in many forms.  I use pain neuroscience and specific treatments to address persistent pain (PNE, graded motor imagery, graded activity and exposure).  I dry needle.  I use heat, ice and, hell, sometimes I might use ultrasound.  However, the most important clinical “technique…

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Are You on an Information Lean Diet?

Facebook.  Twitter.  Fox News.  BuzzFeed.  Huffington Post.  NY Times.  SnapChat.  PTJ.  There is no shortage of information being thrown before our eyes these days.  We are inundated with information “noise” through a plethora of vehicles such as our smart phones, our computers, or just chit-chat with our friends and co-workers.  It has been reported that 62% of US…

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Low Back Pain is the ‘Common Cold’ of the Spine

Several years ago articles on low back pain (LBP) would typically start off by stating how common LBP is in clinical practice.  One of my favorite opening statements goes like this:
“Next to the common cold, low back pain is the most common reason that individuals visit a physician’s office.” (reference here, original article here)
This statement has stuck…

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Keep the Wolves & Opioids Away

After being in St. Louis last week for #AAOMPT2016, I am coming down from the great programming and keynote speakers at the conference.  If you haven’t been to an AAOMPT conference, make it a priority next year (it will be in Salt Lake City, UT).  My highlight from the conference was Tim Flynn’s Distinguished Lecture.  Tim provided a…

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We Have to Break Up

We have all been there:  the relationship that once was, is now not.  The time has come for the painfully awkward conversation surrounding “the break-up.”  We can all attest to these feelings when it comes to this.  Given the recent media buzz about the #Brangelina break-up, this post will dive into the PT-patient break-up.

Many have…

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