Clinical Podcast: Thoracic or Cervical Spine Treatment | Dr. Louie Puentedura | Pain Science | Manipulation

Dr. Emilio “Louie” Puentedura (@aussielouie) joins us on the EIM Clinical Podcast this week!  He earned his B.App.Sc. in Physiotherapy from La Trobe University and completed a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy (GDMT) from the same University. After practicing for approximately 15 years in outpatient physical therapy in Australia, he moved to the United States. He completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Puentedura joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – department of Physical Therapy in 2007. He is an ABPTS Certified Specialist in Orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He was awarded the 2012 Rose Excellence in Research Award by the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the 2012 John Medeiros Award by the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Jeff and Louie discuss different types of manipulation, how to incorporate pain science, how we, as PT’s, are trained, and, of course, a lot more, including something that is usually emotionally debated: can the thoracic spine itself solely be treated or does the the cervical spine also need to be treated?  Then if the cervical spine is treated, is thrust preferential to non-thrust in certain patients? This is a fantastic and highly informative conversation that you can learn a great deal from!

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