In the manual therapy videos below, NAIOMT's Terry Pratt addresses a case of a significant ankle sprain involving ATFL and the inferior tib-fib joint. If you had a case like this would you let your patient run a 10K in the next five days?
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty instructor Terry Pratt explains an alternative way to mobilize the elbow for regaining flexion, as part of his Musculoskeletal Monday: The Elbow Complex post.
Well, it is time again for MSK Monday, and I have the pleasure of writing this blog from the “espressohotel” in Milan. I am teaching a Lumbar Spine I class for a group of physiotherapists in northern Italy, and teaching in Rome the next weekend. I appreciate the Italian hospitality and their eagerness to learn. According to my translator, Italy still views PTs as mostly massage specialists and not musculoskeletal therapists (aka experts!) Physiovit (the sponsor of the courses) is working hard to change the trajectory of physiotherapy in Italy. This is much like our profession was almost 30 years ago, and being here helps me appreciate how far we have come. This post is dedicated to several therapists who have greatly contributed to physical therapy and have elevated the profession from “technicians” to musculoskeletal specialists.
Today’s post is dedicated the mix tape. For those of you who remember, the mix tape was the perfect combination of songs to convey to someone how you felt teenager, 1980s). They were difficult to make, imperfect, but in the end, satisfying.
I am traveling back to New York to teach the Cervical Spine II portion of the NAIOMT series. As chance would have it, JOSPT just published in July an issue dedicated to the cervical spine and whiplash specifically. This issue is Part II, (Part I was published in October 2016.) From cover to cover both issues offer a lot of information. I will address a few of the items I felt were important from this chock-a-block issue.
The “Dangers" of Cervical Manipulation have been promoted widely over the spectrum of medicine, but what is the reality? Manipulation is as safe as any other intervention if utilized with the appropriate patient, and has been proven through research to be effective. So why should we shy away from it?
There has been a lot of discussion in research and on social media regarding central sensitization. A feature of this phenomena is allodynia. This week’s post takes an in-depth look at the many features of sensation and how to use these to enhance your clinical reasoning.
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.