How do we continue to provide quality Physical Therapy during the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing orders?

We are living in unprecedented times as people in our communities, our country, and our world try to find their footing amidst the uncertainty of social distancing, closures of stores and services, and a new virus that has interrupted our way of life. The novel coronavirus, and resultant COVID-19 infection, has forced many Physical Therapy […]

Are Your Hips Actually “Tight?” Stretching Versus Strengthening

I recently saw an article popping up on social media titled “Why the Australian Ballet dancers quit stretching” (found here). It got me thinking about some of the patients I’ve had in the past with hip pain that insist that their hips are “tight,” even though they have well above what would be considered normal […]

Mental Sluggishness – The Answer May Be More Complicated Than Pouring Another Cup Of Coffee

Everyone knows all too well that feeling when your brain just isn’t firing on all cylinders. Whether it’s during an all-too-long undergraduate lecture on “Exploring Culture through Film,” studying for yet another practical in grad school, or trying to wake yourself up enough to get moving on Monday morning for work, mental sluggishness has touched […]

When To See Your Physical Therapist, And How That Decision Can Affect Your Pocketbook

I am very supportive of my patients when they feel they need to return to see their MD, get a second opinion from a specialist, or seek additional imaging or testing for an issue that is not responding to Physical Therapy and other conservative treatments. I do, however, also make sure that my patients know […]

Patient Expectations and Treatment Outcomes

I always try to look for ways to improve treatment outcomes for my patients. Whether that means learning new treatment techniques, exploring with new exercises, delving into medical history and other contributing factors, or helping them set alarms on their phones to remind them to do their home exercise program. One important factor to examine […]

The Power of Our Words – Degenerative Disc Disease

When I talk to my patients about their diagnosis, imaging results, and symptoms, I try my best to always remember how powerful my choice of words can be. Pain and dysfunction-centered conversations should be replaced with positive phrasing and encouraging discussions about how Physical Therapy will help decrease their symptoms and improve their function. We […]

Squat Depth – How Does it Affect Strength, Function, and Pain

I often question whether I should be allowing my patients with knee pain to perform partial or “half squats.” My thought has been that if I can load and strengthen them in the partial range, hopefully this will provide pain relief, and an eventual carryover into a deeper and more functional squat range. This article […]

Healthcare Provider Burnout: It’s More Common Than You Think, And It’s Costing Us Billions

The World Health Organization (WHO) now recognizes burnout as an “occupational phenomenon and syndrome tied to chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed, characterized by feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy.” After years […]

Exercise Therapy, Cartilage Health, and Inflammation – Stop telling patients to avoid activity because of their OA!

So many times, I hear my patients tell me that they have been told their cartilage is thinning, wearing down, or that they have the dreaded “bone on bone” in their knees. This discussion almost always comes with a warning that they only have so much cartilage left, and that they had better stop squatting, […]

Spending More Time in Nature

We are a busy, driven, success focused society. While this has many benefits when it comes to improving living conditions, comfort, and the ability to afford healthy food and behaviors, it also often comes with a list of costs. One of those costs is typically that it forces us to spend more and more of […]