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A Primer on Pickleball and Its Associated Injuries

A Primer on Pickleball and Its Associated Injuries

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America with participation up 171% in 2023 according to a report by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Both the cost and physical barriers to entry are low. With increased participation comes increased injuries and physical therapists need to understand the game and associated injuries.

The Value of Patient Education

The Value of Patient Education

Let’s discuss how patient education impacts our measured outcomes and patient satisfaction. More specifically, how it can have an impact on their personal health literacy and self-efficacy. In my opinion these are two huge barriers to our success with improving our measured value.

Be a Guide, Not a Drill Sergeant: Gently Promoting Healthy Behavior Change in Patients

Be a Guide, Not a Drill Sergeant: Gently Promoting Healthy Behavior Change in Patients

Physical therapists are experts. Physical therapists also are dedicated health professionals who desire desperately to help their patients. This combination results in the inevitable expert/recipient role where professionals feel obligated to “fix” patient problems. Unfortunately, lasting behavior change must come from within the individual. 

Begin With the End in Mind: Setting Your Patient Up for Success!

Begin With the End in Mind: Setting Your Patient Up for Success!

I like lists--my to-do list, my bucket list, my wish list--to name a few. Years ago, I committed to memory a list of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People authored by Stephen R. Covey. Habit number 2 is probably the one that I silently repeat most frequently, “Begin with the end in mind.” This “Habit” can be applied to many projects or initiatives but let’s talk about the rehab process of a person with restricted ability to work following injury or illness.

Lifestyle Medicine in Physical Therapy

Lifestyle Medicine in Physical Therapy

As a refresher, let's review the 6 basic components of lifestyle medicine according to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Lifestyle medicine includes the following components:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • ...
Strategic Insights: Informative Approaches for Clinical Practice Guidance

Strategic Insights: Informative Approaches for Clinical Practice Guidance

The initial interview provides most of the information needed to help guide clinical practice. However, sometimes it can be a challenge to extract the necessary information that is meaningful and pertinent to respective clinical presentations. We need to analyze these strategies, as they can be useful to help direct clinical reasoning throughout the episode of care. These approaches should remember to be person-focused, as healthcare is truly individualized. Therefore, we should further explore which strategies would be the most beneficial to generate positive outcomes.

Science Isn’t Finished Until It’s Understood

Science Isn’t Finished Until It’s Understood

As a second-year student attending a professional event, I had just sat through a presentation that was, for lack of a better term, Greek to me. The intricacies of the topic had me lost in a maze of jargon and complex diagrams. Yet, mere hours after that presentation, I found myself engrossed in a conversation with the speaker at the event happy hour. The difference? Fifteen minutes of a genuine conversation illuminated what a two-hour presentation could not.

Beyond Degrees: 15 Effective and Economical Ways for Physical Therapists to Communicate Knowledge

Beyond Degrees: 15 Effective and Economical Ways for Physical Therapists to Communicate Knowledge

In an age dominated by digital communication, there's an ever-present need for professionals to share their expertise. For physical therapists, this need is especially critical. While the thought of returning to academia for a communications degree may be daunting, it's not the only route.

Person-Centered Pain Management: Follow the Recipe

Person-Centered Pain Management: Follow the Recipe

Person-centered pain management has been the center of recent literature emphasizing the complex and individualized nature of pain. While previous models in pain management emphasized treatment of the ‘average’ patient (ie, patient with non-specific low back pain), person-centered models put the patients’ beliefs, expectations, and goals at the center of the treatment plan. Clinicians who wish to practice evidence-based pain care should update their understanding of how and why person-centered care models should be the gold standard.

This is How I Roll! Assistive Devices in Animal Physical Therapy

This is How I Roll! Assistive Devices in Animal Physical Therapy

We all know the importance of assistive devices in providing modified or improved independence to our patients. Analyzing function and making modifications to maximize mobility and efficiency is one of the primary roles of a physical therapist. This holds true in the world of physical therapy for animals as well. As physical therapists crossing over into the collaborative world of veterinary rehabilitation, we bring our expertise and creativity to help creatures of all sizes and species.