Cathedral of Learning

This is the first installment of a monthly post suggesting great physical therapy related blog posts and research to read…

Blog Posts

The first blog post comes from Joseph Brence, PT, DPT at Forward Thinking PT who posted a thorough response to a controversial speech given by Dr. Stanley Paris regarding the current state of manual therapy in the physical therapy profession.

At In Touch Physical Therapy Blog, Harrison Vaughn, PT, OCS, Cert. SMT posed an important question, “What’s the Image of Physical Therapy?” Have you ever done a google image search for ‘physical therapy’? Lets just say we have a ways to go in changing the public’s perception of our profession.

Lack of tibial internal rotation can create several negative biomechanical effects and Erson Religioso, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT at The Manual Therapist went into great detail on how to combine IASTM with joint mobilization to improve this deficit. Definitely worth a read!

Over at the Student Special Interist Group of the AAOMPT’s blog, they posted a four part series on understanding pain. As a physical therapist, you MUST have a thorough understanding of what causes pain and how that pain is perceived by your patient. Not all pain is nociceptive, not all pain is biomechanically driven, and not all pain is the same.

Part 1: Understanding Pain
Part 2: The Role of the Brain in Chronic Pain
Part 3: The Mystery of Chronic Pain
Part 4: Teaching People About Pain

Finally, Erson Religioso, Joseph Brence, and Chris Johnson (Chris Johnson PT) discuss their differing opinions, experiences, and treatment strategies when dealing with a patient suffering from Iliotibial Band Syndrome via Google Chat. This is a great resource for any clinician who sees patients diagnosed with this impairment.


Hando BR, et al. Short- and long-term clinical outcomes following a standardized protocol of orthopedic manual physical therapy and exercise in individuals with osteoarthritis of the hip: a case series. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. 2012;20(4):192-200.

Hegedus EJ, et al. Which physical examination tests provide clinicians with the most value when examining the shoulder? Update of a systematic review with meta-analysis of individual tests. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012;46(14):964-978.

Fukuda TY, et al. Hip Posterolateral Musculature Strengthening in Sedentary Women With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial With 1-Year Follow-up. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2012;42(11):823-840.

Greenberger HB, et al. Patient Age is Related to the Types of Physical Therapy Interventions Provided for Chronic Low Back Pain – An Observational Study. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2012;42(11):902-911.

Lentz TA, et al. A Cross Sectional Study of Return to Pre-Injury Sports Participation Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Contributions of Demographic, Knee Impairment, and Self-Report Measures. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2012;42(11):893–901.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: