Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): PTs in the Emergency Department (ED)

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 [...]

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): PTs in the Emergency Department (ED)2018-10-11T11:23:59+00:00

Patient Education: Patient Language

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 [...]

Patient Education: Patient Language2018-09-09T21:07:37+00:00

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) PT Blog   •   August, 2018 The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius Take a moment to ponder the importance of tools; and not just tools, but the right tools. Consider the following scenarios: cutting a tomato without a sharp, serrated knife; swimming laps without fog-resistant goggles; roofing a house without a pneumatic nail gun… frustrated yet? Having the right tools is paramount to achieving success in any field, especially in the practice of physical therapy. In today’s ever-changing, evidence-based, efficiency driven, patient-outcome propelled world in which we practice, understanding, [...]

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)2018-08-11T13:37:08+00:00

Are You Using NMES Appropriately in the ACL Patient?

NMES with Movement in the ACL patient: Better Than a Quad Set?  PT Blog   •   January, 2018 How often do you utilize NMES? For a while we have known the efficacy of NMES on quads strength in various patient populations, ranging from post-operative TKA to ACL patients.  NMES can be a useful tool to allow early recruitment of the quadriceps muscle, especially in those with inhibition. Typically, NMES is utilized while performing quad sets in order to improve contraction and activation. This study , however, looks at NMES superimposed on a sit-to-stand-to-sit (STSTS) movement in the ACL reconstruction patient population to not only improve strength, [...]

Are You Using NMES Appropriately in the ACL Patient?2018-01-29T03:26:39+00:00

Intense Exercise: Reduces Risk of Death in Older Women

dis Intense Exercise: Reduces Risk of Death in Older Women PT Blog   •   December, 2017 A recent study in the Journal Circulation demonstrates a high correlation between intense exercise and reduced death risk.  The study published this fall was conducted on predominately Caucasian females in their early 70s using a walking program. While prior studies have had to rely on self-reports, with the use of ever-evolving technology, the study used a triaxial accelerometer to specifically measure bouts of exercise to ensure compliance with the program's recommended intensity. The accelerometer was able to measure movements in all 3 planes: sagittal, horizontal and transverse ensuring detection of even the smallest movements. [...]

Intense Exercise: Reduces Risk of Death in Older Women2017-12-14T12:13:18+00:00
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