It’s Time to Get Really Serious About a Real and Serious Issue

Cardiovascular disease and related disorders such as hypertension, are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States and around the world.1 This statement has been accepted as fact internationally and is supported by countless published scientific studies and position statements by various professional organizations. Physical therapy practice is not immune to the global burden of cardiovascular…

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We Do Not Do The Basics Well

Any PT or PT student that knows me has heard me say “experts do the basics extraordinarily well.”  In fact, this is the motto of my teaching approach for entry-level students, guiding students through foundational psychomotor skills such as the neuromotor screen (dermatomes, myotomes, reflexes), manual muscle testing and goniometric measurement.  I harp on doing these in a standardized…

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Lazy Language is De-izing Our Profession

De-izes…. The first time I heard this combination of sounds was with the word “dehumanizes.”  Lazy language dehumanizes patients.  One example that I recall was Room 220, Bed 2. A few other examples include “the knee patient,” “the stroke patient,” “the gunshot wound.” Over time, the lazy language that dehumanized patients was replaced with words that put the patient…

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Come on OT – Step it Up!

I remember being a young high schooler who spent a great deal of my time in physical therapy. (I was THAT kid who always managed to break a bone or get injured no matter what I was doing).  As I grew older, I was having trouble deciding on a career path. I loved the idea of PT and joining the…

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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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A Victory for PT’s?????? #physicaltherapy

I admit to being a little jaded when it comes to Medicare reimbursement and policies in #physicaltherapy and there have been tons of posts on this blog reflecting this sentiment. Perhaps this cynical perspective is what caused me to find it quite odd that so many are claiming victory in the recent release of the proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee…

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Do Professional Athletes Always Get the “Best Care”?

Do professional athletes always get the “best care”, they are the “best athletes” so they should right? Well, that might depend on how someone defines “best care”. Many of the therapists that read this blog on a regular basis might question the “best” portion behind some of the “care” delivered to our athletes that so many in our culture hold…

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