Your doctor tells you you’ve got a bulging disc. Is this what’s causing your low back and leg pain? What does it all mean? Will it get better or worse? Will you need surgery or will conservative treatment be able to help?
Although the diagnosis of a bulging disc sounds scary, there are 3 things you should know about bulging discs that will, hopefully, relieve some of your anxieties and point you in a positive direction toward better function…
Yes, you can get Tennis Elbow even if you’ve never picked up a racquet in your life. In fact, most patients that come and see me with the diagnosis of Tennis Elbow are baffled and assure me that they don’t play tennis. What then, could have led to this nagging elbow pain also known as Lateral Epicondylalgia and why does it last so long?
Let’s explore these questions and also see if there’s a way to potentially prevent this painful disorder from ever starting…
Whether you’re a Physical Therapist, a hair-stylist, a painter, or a new parent, how can starting a website or blog be of use to you?
If you own a business, want to start a business, want to network, want to sell your products or services, or just want to provide useful information for the greater good, a blog is a useful tool.
If you haven’t considered starting a blog or website for your business, you should. Think about it, what services do you use that you don’t first check out the website? If you’re a Physical Therapist and you own a clinic, in my book, a website and blog is a must. You’re job is to be a source of useful information and help to your current and potential patients.
There’s also the people, like me, who are running a website and blog aside from the nine-to-five. The goal isn’t necessarily to make money or attract clients, but to use my knowledge and expertise to be of service to others, all the while opening up doors for future opportunities.
So, whether you’re a Physical Therapist or not, consider how starting a website/blog can open up doors for you…
This is a guest post by Randal Glaser, PT, DPT, OCS, CEAS I. He is the Co-founder of Jetset Rehab Education, a continuing education company for Rehab Professionals. You can check out Jetset’s blog and podcast
(which will both feature yours truly soon!). Follow Jetset on twitter
for exciting con-ed opportunities in exotic locations, and for Randal’s incredible photography skills.
As a Physical Therapist, I’ve worked with – and treated – a lot of patients. I’ve had experiences with satisfied patients who have called me a miracle worker. On the flip side, I’ve also had patients who disagreed with my treatment altogether. And then there are those who were simply indifferent. If I’m completely honest with myself, I can reflect on – and learn from – each experience, regardless of the outcome, to improve patient care moving forward.
Over the years, I’ve taken notes on how to better my interactions with patients to get the best possible results. I’ve also noticed that, although each patient is unique, those who have successful outcomes share a common set of attitudes and disciplines.
I’d like to share with you these best-patient-practices, which I hope can serve as a guide to help you get the most out of your time in physical therapy.
What do a 15-year-old soccer player and an 85-year-old bridge player have in common? They can both benefit from balance training. Bobby’s goal is to prevent another ankle sprain. Edna’s goal is to prevent another fall. Whoever you are: young or old, fit or sedentary, athlete or office worker, you can benefit from balance training.
Let’s take a look at what systems in your body contribute to balance, why balance training is so important for different groups of people, and – most importantly – how you can improve your balance with a progression of exercises…
Several years ago, when I was a Physical Therapy student, I had the privilege of observing a couple of live surgeries, one of which was a Total Knee Replacement. Simply put, I was blown away at how mechanical the surgeon and his team were during the procedure. The process was precise down to the last detail – the preparation, the cuts, the tools, the measurements – nothing was left to chance. There was no guesswork, just a series of steps that were taken to get the job done.
I’m glad I got to see this surgery in particular because my current workload consists of seeing many patients recovering from Knee Replacements. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal about the rehabilitative process and what it takes to be successful.
Although outcomes are good and success is likely, no one wants surgery – it’s a last resort.
That said, if you struggle with knee pain, there’s good news. There are steps you can take to improve your mobility, strength, and function to delay and, sometimes, bypass surgery altogether.
Let’s take a look at what the knee replacement surgery looks like, who needs one, the outcomes, what the rehabilitation process looks like, and – most importantly – the steps you can take to, hopefully, never have to get one…
There’s an opioid crisis going on in America and most of us don’t even realize it. With increasing reports of chronic pain over recent years, Americans are searching for something to take the edge off. The easiest, most convenient solution? Opioids. The problem? We’re consuming more of them than ever before.
Pain grips its claws into either side of your spine, relentless to never let go. Wringing your vertebrae like a soaked towel – its drippings electricity searching for ground. Persisting for months on end, the meds become like vitamins – inherently meant for good, but their immediate effects unfulfilling. The dilemma: take the conservative route or opt for surgery? Desperate for relief, you weigh your options.
Surgery of the Lumbar Spine is a controversial topic. Despite the controversy, however, these surgeries are being performed more and more often in recent years. It’s likely you know at least one person who’s had one. You might also know someone who’s chosen conservative treatment instead. So, which is better?
All the buzz right now in the world of Physical Therapy seems to be about Blood Flow Restriction Training. I’m not usually one to be all about the buzz, believe me. When a new technique, product, or idea enters the stage, I’m typically very skeptical. With so much hype out of the gate, few of these ideas survive the test of time and slowly become a thing of the past. This is usually due to scholarly research refuting evidence of the benefits compared to the consequences. When Blood Flow Restriction training came onto the scene a few years ago, initially I was suspicious. Why would you want less blood flow to muscles to strengthen them? However, the more traction Blood Flow Restriction Training has gained and the more research that’s been conducted, the more I’ve come to understand the benefits.
Here’s what I’ve learned…
It’s easy to justify getting Physical Therapy when you’re in pain. The pain is an alarm repeatedly going off in your brain telling you to do something about it – and you know that PT will help (I hope). But why would you ever seek Physical Therapy if you aren’t injured or having pain? Isn’t the whole concept of PT: rehabilitation?
Yes, rehabilitation is ONE aspect of Physical Therapy – and a very important one. Although it was true 20+ years ago that PT was primarily a reactive and passive treatment choice for pain, times have changed…