The graphic you see at the start of this post is from the movie Patch Adams, where a man committed to a psychiatric institution becomes a medical doctor attempting to restore greater humanity to the profession. The scene depicted here is Patch in the psych ward explaining to his attending (but not attentive) physician that
During the past few years, as I completed a manual therapy fellowship, I have been much more involved with the PT community online. I have seen many blogs and tweets in social media promoting physical therapy with the #GetPT1st hashtag and giving testimonials on patient outcomes. I think these efforts are valuable and should continue.
Reason #1 – It works. For some, it works very powerfully. I am the first person to tell you that thrust joint manipulation (TJM) does not work for everyone because I do it daily in clinical practice. Anecdotally, it is more common that TJM fails to improve symptoms when joint cavitation (popping) is not elicited
For those unfamiliar with the picture above, this is from the movie The Princess Bride in the late 80’s. After his boss Vizzini continues to exclaim “Inconceivable!” every time something doesn’t go as planned, Spanish swordmaster Inigo Montoya makes the confused statement “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you
This post will certainly date me as I make a comparison to the classic Star Trek movies. At the end of Star Trek II, the iconic character Spock exposes himself to lethal amounts of radiation in order to repair the Starship Enterprise and allow it to escape a deadly explosion. After fleeing the explosion, the
It is common among physical therapists to think of therapy episodes as having a conclusive end. Indeed, some jurisdictions even require a formal discharge to be compliant with the state’s practice act. Insurance companies also tend to force patients to end their care definitively. It seems that these realities have influenced physical therapists to avoid
This blog was inspired by a recent conversation I noticed on the Twitterverse, wherein two PTs were discussing passive treatments (i.e., treatment not requiring the patient to actively participate, including modalities, thrust manipulation, dry needling, other manual therapies) and their effects on self-efficacy. As has become the norm in PT circles, one therapist claimed that