What's in a Title?

Since adopting a doctoral educational standard, there has been much controversy over how we, as physical therapists, should refer to ourselves. Over the past week, there have been several lively debates taking place during the #DPTstudent chat and on the 'Doctor of Physical Therapy Students' Facebook Group. In all honesty, I think the APTA's Vision…

Strength Training Considerations for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

In my previous post regarding Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), I delved into its etiological understanding. Now that we are beginning to learn more about this syndrome and its subsequent biomechanical considerations, we can begin to develop a more effective and targeted strength training program. Posterolateral Hip Musculature Last year, two systematic reviews were published that…

The CSCS: What is it, Why to Pursue it, and How to Study for it

During the months prior to beginning physical therapy school, I began studying for and eventually took the examination to become a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), but why? Did I envision becoming the head strength coach at a prestigious university? No. Did I want to open…

Hip Osteoarthritis: Efficacy of Manual Therapy

According to the Clinical Guidelines for Hip Osteoarthritis (OA) published in 2009, the prevalence of hip OA is between 0.4% and 27%. The most common complaint of individuals diagnosed with this debilitating disorder is hip and/or groin pain. Additionally, there is a concomitant decrease in the availability of ROM at the involved hip, which is…

VMO? VM-No.

According to a retrospective case-control analysis by Taunton et al, of the 2,002 running-related injuries seen at a primary care sports injury facility, 42.1% (842/2,002) were knee injuries. Of these knee injuries, 39.3% (331/842) were due to patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), which made PFPS far and away the most common diagnosis found in this large-scale…

My Experience in Acute Care

When I initially received my summer full-time clinical assignment at Excela Health - Latrobe Area Hospital (LAH) in the acute care department, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. If you couldn't tell by the title of my blog, my interests generally lay with manual therapy, orthopedics, and sports medicine. So, I was…

Manual Therapy… Why the Apprehension?

According to a survey of 813 British physical therapists conducted by Foster et al, Only 58.9% Physical therapists utilize spinal mobilization (Grade I - IV) and only 2.8% use spinal manipulative therapy (Grade V) when treating patients suffering from low back pain (LBP). Additionally, a survey of 274 Canadian physical therapists published by Li et…