MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS IN PHYSIO
April 2017 by Tom Jesson
Informative post from the team at tpmpstudents.wordpress.com, i.e. “four passionate students creating discussion and debate among students and clinicians!” – Tom Jesson (@thomas_jesson), Eoin Cunniffe (@eoin_cunniffe), Matt Murray-Downing (@physiostudentuk) and whoever it is who manages the twitter feed for UoL Physio Society (@UoLPhysio). Tom Jesson provides us with an exhaustive list of common myths and misconceptions within the areas of assessment, treatment, clinical reasoning, condition specific, exercises, pain science and evidence based practice. As Tom explains, the list is designed for students but “it might be useful for qualified physios too” (I think he’s being very polite there!). Tom’s pre-read warning is excellently made: “Don’t feel disheartened when you read these! All disciplines, for example medicine, psychology and education, have their own myths and misconceptions”, with a wonderful quote from Nassim Nicholas Taleb: “The greatest contribution to knowledge consists in removing what we think is wrong.”
Read Tom’s full article HERE…
IT’S OK TO ARGUE: SKEPTICISM & NUANCE IN PT with KYLE RIDGEWAY & KENNY VENERE
May 15, 2016 – Healthy,Wealthy & Smart Podcast
If you enjoy staying informed via podcasts, one that you should bookmark is definitely ‘The Healthy Wealthy & Smart’ podcast with host Dr. Karen Litzy. The podcast frequently features top experts in physical therapy and this episode (Part 1 of 2) is no exception. Dr. Litzy, an excellent host, presents questions to Dr. Kyle Ridgeway (senior physical therapist at University of Colorado Hospital & coordinator of physical therapy quality improvement project in the medical intensive care unit) and Dr. Kenny Venere (home health physical therapist at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah) on a variety of topics ranging from dry needling to physical therapy as a solution to the opioid crisis. The great thing that stands out is how Kyle and Venere are not hell bent on changing anyone’s mind. What they want is therapists to embrace skepticism and think more critically about the interventions they choose to use in physical therapy practice. For as Venere stresses,“research is everything; without it, we have nothing.”
Listen to the ‘Healthy,Wealthy & Smart’ podcast HERE …
March 23, 2017 by Rey Allen & Marie Zahn
For many therapists, the journey of evolving from traditional ‘operator’ to modern day ‘interactor’ can be fraught with self doubt, rejection, uncertainty and anger. As we begin to understand a little more about the complex nature of pain, some disciplines have had to ‘move on’ more than others, but that does not necessarily mean throwing the baby out with the bathwater. For Rey Allen, the journey has taken him through two decades, during which he has gained extensive study of anatomy, biomechanics, and the neurobiology of pain. For the past six years, Allen has focused primarily on the nature of pain and movement behavior, and this collaboration with Marie Zahn is testimony to his studies. As the article points out, most people seek the services of a therapist because they are in pain, so it is vital that as therapists we do our best to understand what pain is, and more importantly, what pain is not. For a review of the most recent understanding of pain and a summary of some of the latest pain science research that is both relevant and applicable to you and your clients, this article is a must read.
Read Allen & Zahn’s full article HERE …
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