#APTACSM #physicaltherapy take home message: Don’t Screw up the Whiskey

Just off of a great several days in San Antonio for my 29th Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). This conference has become the largest trade show professional meeting of the physical therapy industry profession.  Hats off to APTA for the execution side, they did a terrific job and deserve an A++. With over 11k in pre-registrants, and well over 13k…

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Accelerated Rehab & Accelerated DPT

I distinctly remember when the paper by Shelbourne & Nitz describing an accelerated rehabilitation program after ACL reconstruction was published (yep, I am that old).  Though it would be some time before the RCTs were published that confirmed this observation, the paper nonetheless began a paradigm shift in the postoperative management of patients following reconstructive surgery.  At the time there…

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The Case Against Empathy #physicaltherapy

This blog has explored empathy in depth over the years.  There has been a recent trend led in part by Yale psychologist Dr. Paul Bloom and his new book Against Empathy that calls into question the use of empathy. Through the use of clinical cases and compelling and logical arguments, Dr. Bloom believes that however while well-intentioned, empathy is…

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Fear & Loathing in America

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. In this NY Times piece The Dalai Lama & Arthur C. Brooks do not sugar coat the fact that serious inequalities and violence persist in our world, however, they also describe how fundamentally strange it is to see such anger, political frustration, and anxiety about the future…

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It is more than just harmful, it is wrong!

Frequently on this blog we have discussed the harms inflicted by over-imaging, over-surgerizing, and over-prescribing opioid medications in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.  We have also discussed how care pathways that focus on PT First reduce imaging, surgery, and drugs and result in lower health care costs.  First and foremost as a clinician and researcher I believe…

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Are Cash Practices Just For The Rich?

We live in a world that desparately needs our services.

Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population, 3 billion people, are living on less than $2.50 a day, with more than 1.3 billion of them dwelling in desperate poverty. According to UNICEP 22,000 thousand children die each day due to poverty. Many of the world’s…

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