Since beginning DPT school last summer, I have accumulated and used several apps/programs related to physical therapy. Some good, some bad. I wanted to provide my list of “Must Haves” for any PT or PT student…
If I could choose one app that every PT student must have, this would be it. CORE provides videos, instructions, and supporting evidence for just about every special test that you will learn in DPT school. All tests are nicely organized by body region and pathology, which makes finding the appropriate test simple and easy. Each video is thorough with several angles so that you can get a better understanding of hand placement and/or patient positioning. There is also the added benefit of being able to easily see supportive research behind each and every special test. While it may be a little pricey in comparison to your typical app, I can guarantee it will be worth it. I found it to be a fantastic study aid… especially in those anxiety-laden minutes before a practical examination. It has also proven to be a great tool in the clinic when I came across a diagnosis or clinical test that I was unfamiliar or uncomfortable with.
Once again, Clinically Relevant Technologies has produced an absolutely amazing series of apps for your smartphone, tablet, or Mac computer. If you are ever at a loss for manual therapy treatment ideas, these apps will be your savior. Whether you want to brush up on proper technique for your ‘go to’ interventions or you want to add some new techniques to your repertoire, these apps will allow you the ability to do so. The videos are excellent and instructions are very thorough, which really makes implementing new manual techniques much less nerve racking. The only negative I have is in regards to the layout and not the content. These apps are no where near as user friendly as the CORE app, which makes navigating the menus a little tedious at times, but this small imperfection should by no means deter you from adding these apps to your Christmas List.
Now, I am a little OCD when it comes to organizing my journal articles, but if you are like me, you will love Papers! This app gives you the ability to organize your articles in any way that you please. I chose to organize by body region and secondarily by pathology or impairment. This gives me the freedom to quickly find any articles that may aid me in designing a plan of care, research for my blog/school, or just to brush up on a particular topic. Additionally, because there are both iPhone and iPad versions of this app, I have access to my library at all times. So, if I don’t know what to do with a particular patient or my CI starts raving about how great Ultrasound is, I will always have my supportive evidence at my fingertips.
I’m sure there are plenty of great RSS readers out there, this just happens to be the one I have always used. This app is used to keep up with physical therapy and exercise-related journals and blogs. Anytime a new blog post goes up or the newest edition of JOSPT becomes available, I am immediately alerted and can skim for the articles that are of interest to me. Shrook has the additional benefit of being compatible with my iPhone and iPad or I can go to Shrook.com to access my RSS feeds. Most importantly… It’s FREE!
This app allows me to store lecture material and other resources related to DPT school, as well as backing-up any documents from my computer. I can pull information at anytime from my computer, iPhone, iPad, or from any other computer via Dropbox.com. This allows for a ton of freedom when studying or working on a paper. I can start writing on my MacBook, pick back up on my iPad, and finish in the computer lab at school. You can also share folders with other DropBox members, which makes sharing research or working on a group project a lot more efficient. And, once again, most importantly… It’s FREE!
I haven’t tried all the apps out there… So, what did I miss? What apps or programs would you guys suggest?