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Reversibility principle: How true is “use it or lose it” in patient care?

Reversibility principle: How true is “use it or lose it” in patient care?

September 8, 2020
It is highly likely you have heard these words at some point in your life. While the statement typically concerns exercise and activity, on occasion, it is in reference to mental processes as well. The saying refers to the reversibility...
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Importance of Early Physical Therapy Consultation

Importance of Early Physical Therapy Consultation

September 3, 2020
When should you see someone for low back pain? This is a tricky question as it comes with the big “it depends” tag attached. Studies show that up to 90% of low back pain resolves on its own. On the...
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How can physical therapists effectively develop a prognosis?

How can physical therapists effectively develop a prognosis?

September 1, 2020
Building a plan of care (POC) and developing a prognosis are tricky endeavors. It is a combination of art and science that necessitates a clinician to consider a variety of factors that contribute to the patient’s presentation and their goals....
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Stop Focusing On The Negatives: Risks And Impairments Are Only Part Of The Patient Assessment

Stop Focusing On The Negatives: Risks And Impairments Are Only Part Of The Patient Assessment

August 25, 2020
If you have ever tried out for a sports team or a role in a play, you have been thoroughly assessed. The coaches will notice your strengths (quick, powerful right leg, good vision of the field) and weaknesses (poor endurance,...
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How to Read Research: A Guide Allowing Anyone to Better Understand Scientific Writing

How to Read Research: A Guide Allowing Anyone to Better Understand Scientific Writing

August 24, 2020
“Just because we can detect an effect does not mean it matters” – The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Elleburg   In a recent post, I challenged you to become a Credible Hulk. You may be asking yourself how...
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How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Patients with Anxiety & Depression

How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Patients with Anxiety & Depression

August 18, 2020
Physical therapy can have a monumental impact on a person’s life. Often these benefits on in the physical realm, such as strength, power, endurance, hypertrophy, balance, mobility, and functional capacity. While many cognitive and emotional benefits have been recognized as...
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What We’re Taught About Pain is Wrong: 6 Common Pain Myths

What We’re Taught About Pain is Wrong: 6 Common Pain Myths

August 14, 2020
Pain stinks and unfortunately, the myths about pain can make the experience even worse. The fascinating, dangerous, slightly infuriating, yet empowering aspect of pain is that we have some control over it. Specifically, our mindset, thoughts, understanding of, and approach...
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Is a Placebo Effect Good or Bad?

Is a Placebo Effect Good or Bad?

August 11, 2020
Understanding the influence of placebo and nocebo in clinical practice   Ok, so this one is a little longer than previous posts. If you need a minute to freshen your coffee or grab a snack, I completely understand. This topic...
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What Influences Patient Satisfaction More – Actions or Words?

What Influences Patient Satisfaction More – Actions or Words?

August 4, 2020
Patient expectations change and clinicians need to keep up “Taking uncertainty into account can enhance a physicians therapeutic effectiveness because it demonstrates his honesty, his willingness to be more engaged with his patients, his commitment to the reality of th...
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