Critical observations of health, science, and the physical therapy profession.

Chronic Whiplash: Is it really a Medical Mystery?

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A small while ago, the well-known and widely read periodical, The Atlantic, published a piece entitled, Chronic Whiplash is a Medical Mystery. In the article, the author, Julie Beck, poses the thematic question, “Being jostled in a car accident should only cause a few…


Physical Therapy Metrics

With the widespread use of EMR, more and more data is being collected about the way we practice. A recent post on the Four Hour Work Week by Eric Ries, has me thinking about metrics, specifically PT metrics and how they relate to…


How do I choose a fellowship program?

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Since graduating from a fellowship program in 2012, I frequently field questions from colleagues and DPT students about the benefits of fellowship education. It’s easy to list the many ways my clinical skills have advanced, how my professional development has accelerated and how…


What Problem Does The Human Movement System Solve?

Apparently evolving from the new vision statement, the APTA and the board of directors introduced the “human movement system” as the potential professional identity and rallying cry for physical therapists. The definition of the human movement system is: The human movement system comprises…


Putting Patients First: Man on a Mission

Putting Patients First: Man on a Mission


Decoding the Brain: Will Future Physical Therapists Manipulate Hippocampi Instead of Spines?

National Geographic Channel is featuring a slick new program: “Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain” on Sunday, November 15, at 9 pm ET on National Geographic Channel.  As part of this show’s launch, they’re posing the following question for commentary: “What if scientists were able to implant or…


Debate and Dissent. Do We Need Contrarians?

Debate and dissent are useful in their own right. In the realm of professionals, argument should not be a pejorative. Agreeing to disagree is the start, forming the foundation of the discussion, not the end. Yielding of discourse and the parting of ways…


A Personal Endorsement for Eric Robertson #AAOMPT Secretary

Naturally, I’m biased on this matter. So, please consider that as you read this endorsement. But, I also plead that you digest my narrative and what it illustrates about Eric Robertson. As a #DPTstudent, I was fortunate to be involved in the AAOMPT…


What are the Issues with Therapeutic or Trigger Point Dry Needling? 9 Considerations to Ponder

Dry needling continues to garner increasing popularity within physical therapy. And, the focus is not just clinical, a pubmed search for “physical therapy” and “dry needling” illustrates an 8 fold increase of manuscripts from 2010 to 2015 (66) compared to 2000 to 2005…


#DPTstudent Chat for Wed, July 29, 2015 at 9PM EST: Your 1st Day of PT School!

Since the last #DPTstudent chat was about your first clinical experience, I thought the next topic should continue to focus on “firsts.” I think it would be appropriate to have the next chat be about your first year as a #DPTstudent. I’m sure…