Review of The Warwick Agreement: What’s FAIr play?

Throughout the history of physical therapy and even until now there have been so many different methods of assessment and treatments that it can get confusing at times. A consensus statement is a declaration of unity and collective agreement on a subject whose very definition may be debated. A panel of experts on the subject…

ACL Repair…To Brace Or Not To Brace

An interesting point of discussion in the orthopedic and sports physical therapy and sports medicine realms currently is the necessity of use of functional bracing following ACL reconstruction.Typically, braces are used from immediately post-operatively up to 3-6 weeks following surgery for protection of the knee and the graft. While evidence has been available questioning this…

Quit Slackin’ Off: A Great Deadlift Cue

I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely LOVE deadlifts. My bald eagle wingspan makes it hard for me to push big numbers in some other lifts *cough* bench press *cough* but they help out tremendously when I’m ripping iron off of the floor. My love for deadlifts has led me to teaching it…

Becoming a Supplement Leopard

As physical therapists we get asked various questions about health that may not have been directly taught to us in school or learned from a textbook. I feel as if it is in our best interest to be able to answer these questions that patients bring up to move closer to being the one-stop shop for…

Serving Wisdom on the Nervous System

With this being a physical therapy blog I thought it was odd that there were no posts about specific techniques. Listed below are some of our favorite SELF nerve mobilization techniques and when we like to incorporate them into our patient’s home exercise program. Sliders vs. Tensioners Sliders Vs. Tensioners A post shared by @optimizephysiotherapy…

Vitals Are Vital: Physical Therapists as Direct Access Providers

While direct access has been around in physical therapy for years, recently the training, marketing, and overall advocacy by physical therapists to be primary care providers has intensified. This blog will discuss some of the key points around this topic, including the qualification of physical therapists for this role and ways in which we as…

Our Favorite Methods to Explain Pain

Emphasis on neurophysiologic and neuroanatomical education is gaining steam as a treatment approach that must be included during treatment of patients with chronic pain. While there is good evidence that straight forward, neuroanatomic based discussion and explanation of central sensitization and neurophysiologic changes that occur with chronic have a positive effect on patient outcomes, there…

Therapeutic Alliance: A TA Actually Worth Caring About

Whenever I read other blogs and listen to PT podcasts I hear the phrase “Therapeutic Alliance” used very frequently. At first, I had an idea of what it was but I did not know what made it so important that all these other PTs were talking about it. So I decided to look into it…

How To Screen Sleep: Got ZZZ’s?

Ah, sleep. Something we grow up not wanting to do and then suddenly we hit a point where we can’t get enough. But what does sleep have to do with physical therapy and why am I proposing that we should sometimes screen sleeping patterns? Well, keep reading. The Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia I always…

Should I Pursue Residency: Views from Current Residents

We decided to write this post based on our experiences over the past year. In it you’ll find an overview of each of our individual orthopedic residency programs, why we chose to pursue them, and what our thoughts are as we close in on the end of our programs. These are our thoughts and opinions…

The Current Evidence in Foot Posture and Overuse Injuries

With running being as popular as it is right now, I think it is an area that health professionals should keep up to date with even if you are not a fan of long distance running (like me). A hot topic nowadays is people’s feet and whether or not having them positioned a certain way…

Blood Flow Restriction Training Wants to Pump….You Up.

You may have heard recently about the strength training and rehabilitation technique known as blood flow restriction training (BFR) that is gaining popularity within the athletic community (as seen by this recent feature on ESPN). This blog post will go into the basic concepts and uses of BFR as well as the possible physical therapy…