When I started writing this blog I was caught in the middle of this decision of whether or not to give up my APTA membership, but then the APTA put a nail in their coffin a couple of days later. I’m done. I’ve had enough. I simply can’t support the APTA at this time. I used to think it was a badge of honor to be a member of such an organization. Then as I got further into my career I was able to gain more wisdom on some of the issues that faced not only my career, but the field of physical therapy. With gaining new perspective, I found that my values do not line up with my field’s association. So it’s time to walk away. Let me explain.Read More
Picky eaters. Do you have any in your family? One day they are loving broccoli to the
next day swearing they’ve never liked broccoli at all. Or maybe it’s square cut
sandwiches on Mondays and Tuesdays lead with a meltdown about the square
sandwiches. Needless to say, these situations can leave you as parents wanting to rip
your hair out.Read More
It happens more frequently than we would like to admit. The PT busts their hump doing tons of skilled treatment and the patient has a decrease in pain…only to credit the E-stim for the improvement in symptoms. Let’s shed a little light on this modality by understanding what it does.Read More
In an upcoming episode of the podcast we will be discussing vaccines. This is a HUGE topic and it is something many people are very passionate about. I am one of those people.Read More
In Episode 5 we talked about diets. But is dieting necessarily a good thing? Well it’s not a bad thing, but maybe we need to go beyond dieting and pursue true lifestyle changes. We also need to understand all the reasons for making these lifestyle changes, which go far beyond just dropping weight.Read More
How do physical therapists get their message out to the masses to correct the misconception of what they do and who they are? Here’s a suggestion.Read More
Ever wonder what you’re doing wrong as a patient? We’ll help you out with some common mistakes patients make that can impede their care.Read More
I've run across an interesting phenomenon in my career. If someone were to go to a mechanic and that mechanic can't fix a car, the person wouldn't walk away and say that all car mechanics are bad. Just this one didn't do a good job.
Let's be honest. Every profession has its problems. No profession is immune to it. The field of physical therapy has some big ones. After graduating from grad school I was excited to get into my field and help people. I thought I was walking into a career in an established and respected profession. That was my first mistake.Read More
Every year during the fall, 4th year medical students around the country flock to residency programs to try and solidify a spot for what will likely be the final chapter of their training.
Often these applicants fly in the night before, stay in a hotel nearby, and then put their best foot forward to try and impress the pants off the interviewing committee. The ones who do well get ranked highly for a spot. Those who don’t do well, wasted a lot of time and money, and are no closer to solidifying their future.Read More
When you live in a place where the normal summer temperatures are over 110 degrees you find any and every possible way to stay cool. This tactic may border on extreme though. Whole Body Cryotherapy is one of the emerging trends in health and wellness. In 1979 a Japanese rheumatologist started introducing sub zero temperatures to patients' painful joints before manipulating them. This greatly reduced the pain for the patient. A few years later it spread through Europe and whole body cryotherapy chambers were created. US athletes regularly traveled to their favorite European destinations to use these chambers for post-season recovery. Now these chambers are available here in the US and gradually becoming more prevalent.Read More