Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Today I just wanted to pose a few questions as we all dive into another year of treating patients, and learning and growing as physical therapists. Before I do though, keep in mind that the manual therapy courses we teach at NAIOMT are evidence-informed and utilize case-based instruction.
I bring up the following questions because it’s important to examine the systems we use everyday, and understand that sometimes articles and even the latest research simply may not apply to your patients and their unique needs.
With all the evidence based practice of the last two decades, where is the evidence that we are any better at treating patients now than we were 50 years ago? Has the information explosion changed us for the better? Or has it decreased job satisfaction and made us all feel overwhelmed with inferiority?
Is it possible that the artistic, creative side of what we do has served patients well and continues to do so? We must continue to grow, but are more and more articles really the answer? Let’s discuss!