Population Health

Having just driven up to Maine (half the US eastern seaboard) I was exposed to the population at large. While people-watching  at rest stops, traffic jams and city streets, I started thinking about population health and the APTA’s “transforming society” aims.

My first reaction was “Ha, yeah right.” My second reaction was “Hahaha, yeah right.” Now, it’s not that we cannot treat any and all of these individuals within our scope in all movement, pain and return-to-QOL aspects, we certainly can. But “transforming society” is not as simple as treating patients. Continue reading

Ethics Principle 2D

Code of Ethics: 2D. Physical therapists shall collaborate with patients/clients to empower them in decisions about their health care.

Empower: To give power or authority to; to enable or permit.

It comes down to this quite often. A patient tells me that they will need [Surgery, Meds, Injections] because a medical authority told them they need [Surgery, Meds, Injections]. Caveat: this is true sometimes, in my opinion.

Once this phrase is uttered by a patient an immediate response is made that includes describing patient rights. Continue reading

How to start a Journal Club

I had the awesome experience of starting and coordinating the ODU DPT Journal Club over the past year.  I started it wanting to know what was being put out there in research (the First Pillar), and that was certainly valuable.  I found out, however, that the most valuable aspect of Journal Club is the conversation.  Everyone has different perspectives, reads the same line in a different way, asks different questions and can see what you don’t see.  I learned a ton from participating in this process and you certainly will too.

So, without further ado, here are my tips on how to start a PT Journal Club (J-Club): Continue reading

Interview with Travel Physical Therapist: Kristen Schwenk PT, DPT

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Interview Post! I recently ran in to Kristen Schwenk PT, DPT in Philadelphia and we got to talking about PT (naturally).  Kristen was the person who got me into PT and literally introduced the field to me.  For reference, I was in San Diego, we met up on the advise from a mutual friend, and I first heard the words “physical therapist.” I was in my late 20’s at the time and had never even heard of PT. She described her job with such passion and enthusiasm… well, flash forward about 6 years and here we are. 

Besides being a totally cool person, Kristen is a Travel Physical Therapist and had some really nice insights into the setting, some tips/advise, some perspective and really what it’s all about.  So let’s see what she has to say:

Give me some background: What made you want to go to PT school?  Continue reading

Myth#2: Physical Therapy is Painful

Buh-BAM! I really like the MoveForwardPT.com campaign for National PT Month on the 7 Myths About Physical Therapy. Nice work APTA! We do combat many-a-stereotype out there in the field, so this is a nice push.

Let’s look at Myth #2: Physical Therapy is Painful. This one really stands out to me. There are others who write about this more (Diane Jacobs, KeithP, Jason Silvernail, Harrison Vaughan, Barret Dorko, … and others, I don’t intend to leave anyone out) about how adding pain to the treatment equation is detrimental to patient experience and outcomes.  But does everyone hold this patient centered view? Continue reading