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The paradigm is changing...

Posted by NAIOMT on Jul 1, 2014 5:51:21 PM

By Brett Windsor, PT

An excellent and thought provoking article by Shirley Sahrmann in the latest issue of the PT Journal. It was about the future of physical therapy and our attempts to transform into a true profession by adopting a unique body of knowledge based on owning 'movement' as a science. I've reproduced below a diagram from the article that I think is a great little representation of where we are going. No more silo's between ortho and neuro and cardio...There's just a clean acceptance of the patient as a whole person with movement problems.

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Given that I work in a DPT program...I see this coming. The incorporation of the ICF into the curriculum and the inexorable move away patho-anatomical diagnosis towards more systemic movement based diagnosis are two signs. Things are changing...  

The question for NAIOMT is...where do we fit in with this paradigm? Are we truly equipped to participate in this move towards a lifespan preventative approach to physical therapy? Where do we need to change? What do we need to question? 

There are many, many questions to answer. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I've provided a link to the paper below. You'll need to be an APTA member to access it...

http://goo.gl/F3MW8z

Brett

Topics: movement science, APTa, Sahrmann, Uncategorized

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