Integrating Pain Science with Athlete Management

At the Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy, we are investing heavily in the development of high-quality educational videos that will help make you a better clinician. Today, we released “The Athletes Mind: Treatment Principles for Runners and Strength Training“.  Taught by physical therapists, Chris Johnson and Dr. Francois Prizinski, this is the best course…

Are you a blue or a red light?

This is a guest post by Mikal Solstad, a Licensed Napropath in Sweden, in response to What I do. I thought it was great, and relevant to a topic we should all introspectively explore…Originally posted at SomaSimple.com By: Mikal Solstad Context and pain – blue light versus red light In 2007, Moseley and Arntz showed that a difference in…

Working Together to Improve Our Profession

With the evolving healthcare landscape, physical therapists are in a very unique position to create change and become the leader in neuromusculoskeletal care and management.   That stated, we must work together for our voice to be heard.   The APTA has highlight opportunities on how to get involved in making this happen.  Let’s create some waves……

Patient Care Resources.

In a recent online conversation, a physical therapist expressed concern that the APTA didn’t provide them with the resources necessary for patient care.  What this PT didn’t realize, is the wealth of resources provided through the APTA’s website.  Take a look below at a sample of the resources they provide. Patient Care Effective patient care…

The Road Less Traveled

Originally posted on APTA.org on 3/30/2016 By APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS Anyone delivering care in the current environment can see the evidence of change ahead. We know that care delivery in a few years—even later this year—will look vastly different from how it looks today. In fact, some changes are already…

Coding Reform, to Payment Reform, to Health Care Reform

This post was originally posted at APTA.org but was permitted for re-publication at FTPT in an effort to create further awareness to PTs about APTAs efforts.   APTA is committed to the triple aim of health care. The association’s proposed coding reforms are just one way—but an important one—of achieving it. By APTA Staff | April…

The APTA and Me.

I have recently viewed many online discussions regarding the perceived value of the APTA and why some decide to/not to join. In reading these discussions, I hear three consistent themes on the barrier of joining: Cost Transparency Value I am a member of the APTA and here are some thoughts on each of these themes (note,…

What I don’t do.

This is a guest post by Mikal Solstad, a Licensed Napropath in Sweden, in response to What I do. I thought it was great, and relevant to a topic we should all introspectively explore…Originally posted at SomaSimple.com By: Mikal Solstad “What do I do with this patient?” This is a common question often asked by…

What I do.

What I do. As a physical therapist, I prescribe movement.  I do this on a daily basis as I have the unique training to treat disease through something we all do…move. Movement is free.   It is expressive, individual and allows us to experience the human condition. Dosage is quite simple and I encourage my patients to regulate this through the response…

Shut up, listen and ask yourself these questions before responding…

I’ll be the first to admit, I like being right.   I like to be able to make a statement, provide supporting evidence and have people listen and ask questions. I also like to listen.  I learned a ton through years of post-graduate mentorship (through fellowship) and reformulated my reasoning because I listened.   And this process…

Patients dont hate us; don’t set them up to.

“My last PT told me that I will hate them by the end of their treatment.” I heard this statement from an elderly patient last week.   This patient had a total hip replacement, quickly followed by a fall, resulting in a fracture and ORIF of her femur.    Through our initial discussion, the patient implied…

Upper Quarter Manual Therapy

I apologize for not being a more consistent contributor on the blog, but my other venture, Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy, has been doing pretty well.   Through education, we are attempting to drive the profession forward. Anyways, I wanted to share a new video we launched on “Upper Quarter Manual Therapy“.  This video, recorded…

Get 1 Year to MedBridge…For Only $200…Ends 2/29/2016

MedBridge believes education is the most powerful way to improve lives. MedBridge provides clinicians a comprehensive education platform to continue their education, engage patients, and improve outcomes with evidence-based online curriculum, home exercise programming, and patient education tools – all included in one annual subscription. Get unlimited access to: Continuing Education: Growing library of 300+ accredited…

New Study of Patients Receiving Physical Therapy Following Total Knee Replacement Raises New Concerns Over Referral for Profit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   New Study of Patients Receiving Physical Therapy Following Total Knee Replacement Raises New Concerns Over Referral for Profit Alexandria, VA, February 25, 2016 – A new study concludes that patients who undergo total knee replacement (TKR) surgery and are referred to a physical therapist (PT) not affiliated with their surgeon’s practice…

California court Issues Temporary Injunction Stopping Companies from Dry Needling in CA following CSM 2016

Today, I received the following press release in my email regarding dry needling in California.  Read and lets discuss…. -Joe B Press Release February 24, 2016                                                                                Contact: John Moore FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               (206) 856-9737 California Court Issues Temporary Injunction Stopping Companies from “Dry Needling” in California and Enjoining Sales of “Myotech Dry Needles” Orange County, CA – Late…

Greatist.com Just Published the Worst Top 100 List of All Time

As a science-informed physical therapist, I strive to utilize the best blend of evidence and scientific plausibility to drive my practice. Like many of you, I work countless hours in an attempt to better the lives of my patients.  I often spend a significant amount of my sessions attempting to pursuade them what they googled, read, or watched on…

Nxt Gen Institute of PT Welcomes Chris Johnson on as Director of Runner’s Management Certification

The Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy, has the vision to move the Physical Therapy profession forward by influencing the culture of the Physical Therapy community with novel post-professional educational opportunities that result in physical therapists delivering distinguishably optimal Physical Therapy care and patient advocacy. To do this, they are in a continuous search for talent to help…

Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy Announces Partnership w/ Dr. Erson Religioso

At the Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy, we have the vision to move the Physical Therapy profession forward by influencing the culture of the Physical Therapy community with novel post-professional educational opportunities that result in physical therapists delivering distinguishably optimal Physical Therapy care and patient advocacy. To do this, we are in a continuous…

2-Day Sale on MedBridge—Our Last Sale of the Year!!!

We are offering a 2-day sale through December 6th, for an annual subscription to MedBridge for only $200!!! Get all of your CEUs for a ridiculously low price!  This is the last sale we will be offering this year! MedBridge believes education is the most powerful way to improve lives. MedBridge provides clinicians a comprehensive education…

How can insurance authorizations for PT be rendered by non-PTs?

I have always had an issue with the insurance authorization process.  In many instances, a non-PT, reviews a PTs notes, and authorizes an amount of care dependent upon the individual patients presentation.  While I accepted this as “part of the process” in the past, I began to question the process when a family member entered…

Payers & PTs…Listen Up: Let’s Make Reimbursement Real Easy….

There has been a lot of recent chatter regarding the Alternative Payment System (APS) proposed by the APTA for the reimbursement of Outpatient Services.   This model of reimbursement would supposedly move payment for outpatient therapy services from the current fee-for-service, procedural-based payment system to a per-session system.  This mode would account for the severity of a…

Writer’s Block

Maintaining an active physical therapy blog takes time, energy, creativity and perspective on what is happening within the profession at any point in time.   Because of large time commitments to my clinical life, educational life and home life, I have not been consistently contributing to this site.   This is not because of a lack of…

Texas

I recently discovered that proposed Texas legislation, HB 1263, which would allow access to patients seeking treatment by physical therapists without a referral, was voted down by the House in Texas.  Currently Texas Law requires a referral from a physician, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, physician assistant or advanced nurse practitioners for a patient to see a physical therapist….

Quicker and Sicker

I recently accepted a position on adjunct faculty at Duquesne University teaching a Differential Diagnosis course.  Within the text I am utilizing for the course, I came across the phrase “Quicker and Sicker“, to describe the current landscape of US healthcare (its actually not a new concept and has been around for around 25 years).  In a nutshell, this…

Strictly Business Virtual Conference

I am happy to invite you to an online event that will bring together over 15 experts in physical therapy and business.  This virtual conference will serve as a guide to create and grow your physical therapy business. Please join me here: http://healthywealthysmart.com/?ap_id=1526 My colleague Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, MS is interviewing 15 amazing thought…

#Whythetherapycap

So if you follow PT news on twitter or Facebook, you have probably already heard: the amendment to repeal the therapy cap has been rejected 58 to 42 (note: we only needed 60 for an adoption of the amendment). So where do we go from here?   Here’s what I suggest: 1. Below I have…

Want a subscription to MedBridge for $200?

Looking to sharpen your knowledge and skills?  Get an annual subscription to MedBridge for $200 (normally $425) through the end of this weekend (deal ends 4/12/2015 at 11:59pm).  It’s pretty awesome. TO REDEEM YOU MUST CLICK HERE or use Promo: forwardTHINKINGapril at checkout

Help Us Repeal the Therapy Cap and Move Forward…

APTA is closer than ever before to gaining a permanent repeal of the therapy cap through an historic amendment led by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) that could put an end to 18 years of temporary fixes, as part of the legislation being considered that also permanently repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR). Contact your senators now…Ask…

Low Back Pain: Management and Prevention Challenge

Hey guys, As many of your know, I hold a role within the APTA as an Editorial Board Member for MoveForwardPT.com .  In this role, I have had the opportunity to write, edit and manage some of the content that is being provided to the consumers of our care. My current project:   I am currently…

Temporomandibular Management Certification

At FTPT, we wanted to reach out and tell you about an awesome hybrid learning experience being provided by the Nxt Gen Institute.  The Temporomandibular Management Certification (Cert. TMM) is brought to you through a recent partnership with the Eclectic Approach and will present a modern manual therapy certification focusing on the evaluation and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. Are…

Too Many Variables…

I was recently reading through an online thread regarding the best management of complex regional pain syndrome.  In this thread, a bunch of students and clinicians gave their recommendations for the treatment of this disorder.  While some of these recommendations had some evidence to support, many did not (note: a great full text on evidence behind…

Perpetuating the Idea that Poor Posture Causes Pain…STOP IT!

Earlier today, a colleague sent me a link to an article in a Pittsburgh paper discussing how “Devices, Exercises Can Keep Technology From Being a Pain”.  Out of the gates, the author makes the claim, “After years of telling us to sit up straight and don’t slouch, mom’s advice has stood the test of time.”…

PT Around the Web…

Here are some things that we would like to share, going on “Around the Web” 1. #HackNxtGenPT :  This is a contest for DPT Students to share how they are going to move the profession forward.  This contest is open through mid-March and really would recommend you check it out! 2. Healthy, Wealthy & Smart:…

Thursday’s Review of CSM…

Today at CSM, one of our bloggers, Dr. Jimmy Picard, live blogged several talks from the conference at NxtGenPT.com Here is a Synopsis: 1. Transforming and Optimizing: How to Live the New APTA Vision. A vision statement is defined as ” what defines the optimal desired future state – the mental picture – of what an…

Live Blog Coverage at CSM

ForwardThinkingPT affiliate, NxtGenPT, is providing “live” blog coverage of the APTA Combined Sections meeting.  Head on over to follow the happenings of the event!!!  Also follow @nxtgenpt to track the talks as their covered!

So I Wrote a Letter…

Note: This is a reblog from the blog “Keith’s Korner”.  As our patients turn towards media for health information, we must be cognizant of what they are learning and determine if what they are learning is best-evidenced.  We also need to hold our media counterparts accountable for the information they are sharing.   Now on to…