Great Expectations (Of Patients)

What do you do when a patient comes in and is disappointed that they are not better? When they are unhappy with the progress and are still in pain? When they seem to be losing faith in you and your treatment? This is something I’ve experience recently, and it got me thinking about the importance… Continue reading Great Expectations (Of Patients)

How To Have Your PT Career (And Enjoy It Too!)

Most physical therapists I have met over the years have similar reasons for entering the field and practice: The willingness to help others. But somewhere along the line, that passion can get lost. We get caught up in other entities of the job and lose sight of what we entered the practice for. There are productivity… Continue reading How To Have Your PT Career (And Enjoy It Too!)

Reasoning Through the Loss of Full Arm Elevation (Video)

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT’s Bill Temes, PT, MS, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT addresses clinical reasoning through the loss of full arm elevation. Get more manual therapy expertise from Bill at one of these upcoming courses: Advanced Clinical Reasoning – Baltimore, MD – April 8-9 Thoracic Spine – Seattle-Tukwila, WA – April 22-23 Cervical Spine I… Continue reading Reasoning Through the Loss of Full Arm Elevation (Video)

Good Clinical Reasoning or Good Hands: Which is Better?

Some people think that manipulation is one of the hardest skills to obtain in physical therapy education. I would like to challenge that and say that clinical reasoning is one of the hardest skills to achieve. When I teach, I often use the example of my eight-year-old. Believe it or not, I have taught him… Continue reading Good Clinical Reasoning or Good Hands: Which is Better?

3 Stress Tests of The Lumbar Scan

One week from today on Thursday, January 26 at 9:15pm EST, NAIOMT instructor Stacy Soappman will be hosting a free Facebook Live broadcast: 3 Stress Tests of The Lumbar Scan. The 10- to 15-minute online session will be hosted from our NAIOMT Facebook page and will address: – compression overload – PA pressure – torsion test Stacy will discuss what constitutes… Continue reading 3 Stress Tests of The Lumbar Scan

Abstract of The Week: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis

This week, we recommend taking a look at the following abstract: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report. Here’s why we think it matters:   Put simply, it really highlights the importance of good clinical reasoning. The patient in this case was not even referred to PT for “neck pain,” she was referred… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis

WHAT! No Change in Physical Activity After Joint Replacement?

That hurts, but this was the conclusion of Arnold et al in the latest JOSPT titled “Does Physical Activity Increase After Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty for Osteoarthritis?” This study does not support the idea that a “new joint” is going to return the recipient to an “active life.” In pondering this disappointing conclusion, I… Continue reading WHAT! No Change in Physical Activity After Joint Replacement?