Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): PTs in the Emergency Department (ED) PT Blog • October, 2018 P hysical therapists in the emergency department (ED), is that a thing? I wondered this because when I was in graduate school I had never heard of PTs utilized in such a capacity. Upon completing an acute care clinical at an academic hospital, a few times we were called to the ED to assist with gait training and post-op lumbar surgery patients; a novel concept to a new student. Recently, a couple of studies have reported on the benefits of having physical therapists in the emergency department. PTs looked at in these [...]
About Ashley TheobaldAshley Theobald, D.P.T. – Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. She attended the University of South Alabama and was an advanced undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-professional health sciences in 2012. She then graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014. During her first year of PT school she met and married her husband, Ben. They moved to Nashville, TN where she worked for 3 years in an outpatient clinic full time and at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital PRN. She is now working for ATI Physical Therapy full-time in Greenville, SC. She has been an avid health and fitness fan playing softball growing up, tennis in high school, and completing 2 half-marathons in college. She enjoys traveling overseas and has completed 2 short-term medical mission trips for physical therapy in the Dominican Republic (2013) and Haiti (2015), with intentions of returning yearly.
Treatment Toolbox: Rhythmic Stabilization PT Blog • October, 2018 “Any structure must have a strong foundation. The cornerstones anchor the foundation.” – John Wooden John Robert Wooden was the head basketball coach for the UCLA Bruins from 1948-1975. Known as the “Wizard of Westwood,” Coach Wooden won 10 NCAA Division I men’s basketball titles in a 12 year span, including 7 in a row (which is a record that still stands today), was awarded 7 ‘Coach of the Year’ awards, and was the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a [...]
Choose Wisely: The Importance of WHAT you say and HOW you say it PT Blog • September, 2018 “Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.” Unknown The old rule of “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” may prove true in many situations in life: consoling a grieved loved one, encouraging a family member, having a “discussion” with your spouse; however, as it goes with most things in life, rules are meant to be broken. A recent article published in the July 2018 edition of the Journal of Orthopedic [...]
Diastasis Recti Abdominus (DRA) PT Blog • September, 2018 Engage your core. – Every physical therapist [to every patient. Ever.] Engage your core. Engage your core. If you have ever graced the hallowed halls of your neighborhood physical therapy clinic, you have undoubtedly heard those immortal words, as if on a repeating loop – endlessly, mind-numbingly reverberating into infinity. Core is more. Another iteration of the ever-present rehab instruction, morphing slowly into more and more of a hypnotic life-motto with each passing breath. You begin to feel encouraged – nay, empowered – to not only overcome your current physical pain and dysfunction, but to defeat all of life’s problems [...]
Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling PT Blog • August, 2017 “A good tool improves the way you work. A great tools improves the way you think.” – Jeff Duntemann What is dry needling? The APTA defines dry needling as “a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscle, and/or connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.” Based on some principles and evidence from the acupuncture literature, dry needling in the United States can be attributed to the work of doctors Janet Travell and David Simons who used small [...]