Medical Imaging

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Diagnoses? PT Blog   •   January, 2019 “Believe nothing you hear, and only half that you see.” – Edgar Allan Poe Not all things are what they seem. When was the last time the Big Mac meal looked like the commercial, the slightly used car turned out to be a winner, or your online date’s profile picture was a spot on match? Did I mention that wrestling (aka ‘wrastlin’) and the Easter bunny aren’t real, and I’m still waiting on that free iPhone upgrade. All jokes aside, believing most things at face value is a fool’s errand with skepticism and investigation offering a [...]

Medical Imaging2019-01-14T02:41:37+00:00

Crepitus

Snap, Crackle, Pop! Things that go “pop” in the Night PT Blog   •   November, 2018 “We do not fear the unknown. We fear what we think we know about the unknown.” – Unknown (pun intended!) Stop me if you’ve seen this scene before: A remote campsite in the middle of the woods, friends sitting around a fire roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Suddenly, during the middle of a harrowing tale about a camper from long ago who drowned in the nearby lake, you hear a rustling in the brush. One of your friends shines a light in the direction, but again… a noise… this time closer. Close enough [...]

Crepitus2018-11-19T12:12:35+00:00

Proprioception

Proprioception: Beyond the Five Senses PT Blog   •   November, 2018 “What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”  – Morpheus, from The Matrix Ever wonder how you are able to walk in the dark, brush your hair, or put in contacts without a mirror? What about jumping on a trampoline or running through the woods without twisting your ankle? Or how about throwing a Frisbee with your dog or a throwing a football during Thanksgiving without [...]

Proprioception2018-11-03T15:17:40+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
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