I Still Believe Physical Therapy is the Worst Kept Secret in Healthcare

I still believe physical therapy is the WORST kept secret in healthcare. Last year I wrote a blog titled “Physical Therapy – The WORST Kept Secret in Healthcare” which allowed for some great discussion by the readers on the topic of physical therapy and where we fit into the healthcare system.   This blog post followed an open discussion called the “Chelan…

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The APTA’s #ChoosePT is a start…but we have a long way to go

I often think of myself as a “connector” in the profession of physical therapy and within my community. In the role of a connector, I get to talk with PT students, mentor residents and fellows in training, advise practice directors and owners, serve on the Board of my state association and participate in the Department of Health’s opioid work…

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Living Well this Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyous time often filled with excitement, fun, giving and traditions. My favorite thing over the holiday season is a day in the snow with the most important people in my life, followed by a warm beverage. Unfortunately, the joys of the holidays are also often accompanied by stresses that have the potential to derail the holiday…

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Is “Getting Old” a Choice?

One of my favorite patients (seen 8 years ago) was a lady who was in her mid 60s who came to see me for a vestibular dysfunction. While going through my systematic exam and asking her to squat, I heard probably the most unsettling noises come from her knees as she bent down. Her knees sounded like door hinges that…

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Therapy Imagined

One of the beauties of our profession (but also one of our downfalls – this is for another discussion) is the diversity in methodologies and the “art” of physical therapy. With that said, exercise therapy or movement therapy is likely at each of our cores and where we can often find shared ground. I would guess that nearly 100% of physical…

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The Knee Bone is Connected to the Hip Bone…

This catchy children’s song is the perfect title for this weeks blog post that will be centered around newly published research on physical therapy treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA). According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States, affecting roughly 10-13% of Americans over the age of 60…

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The Scientific Process in Clinical Practice

Evidence-based practice has become a catch phrase used by nearly every physical therapist, therapy provider organization, university and educational institution. But what does it really mean? In consulting with Dr. Google, I learned that evidence-based practice or EBP is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care (Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes…

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Altering Processing Through Manual Therapy and Pain Education: A Case Example

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post here discussing the many ways physical therapists affect the “processing” of pain through our hands and interactions with our patients. My call was to highlight that although we exist in tribes, we are all really the same, movements system experts “messing” with processing. How cool! This week, I am delighted to share…

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