One of the concerns we have as clinicians—one that patients also have—is a serious diagnosis when they present with an MSK issue. The Society for Vascular Surgery published guidelines in January of 2018 for care of patients with AAA (3). The chances of encountering AAA are pretty slim, so I consider this one of the one-percenters. The majority of lumbar pain does not have a serious origin, but on average 1% do, and AAA is a life threatening diagnosis, which results in death of 9,000 individuals a year in the USA (2). Here are some basic facts about AAA:
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Terry Pratt demonstrates a shoulder abduction assessment and the clinical reasoning associated with it.
When it comes to patients experiencing neck pain and pressure, it's valuable to have an array of tools we can choose from and employ on a case-by-case basis. In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member, Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT demonstrates HA taping that can help relieve tension.
Patient experiencing pain when turning head to the right? In the manual therapy video below, Terry Pratt discusses and demonstrates trigeminal signs and symptoms.
Have a patient presenting with TMJ pain? In the manual therapy video below, I demonstrate some efficient ways to screen the TMJ.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty Member Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT discusses some common clamshell exercise errors and how to help your patient adjust them.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Terry Pratt demonstrates and talks through a manipulation of the AC Joint.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT discusses the impact that posture and respiration can have on cervical range of motion.
The elbow complex consists of three joints, forming a bridge between the shoulder and the hand, and it's an exciting and challenging region to treat.
There has been an increase in rotator cuff surgical procedures performed after surgical consultation in patients presenting with shoulder pain. This has resulted in a 238% increase in the number of rotator cuff repairs in the last decade! Although large tears have been shown to benefit positively from surgery, it is important to note that there is evidence that physical therapy can have equal outcomes after 5 years.