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Ice Bucket Challenge
by Lisa Mueller
Over the past few weeks, I've noticed more videos of my friends appearing on various social media networks of themselves dumping ice cold water on their heads and nominating others to do the same. I didn't know much about how the trend started and after Read More...
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Outcome Measures
by Lisa Mueller
I am (again) starting to work out more regularly. I'm not sure if it was the long and miserable winter, but I hadn't felt like exercising for a while. Now that the sun is out and the days seem longer, I'm making a commitment to exercising four days a Read More...
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PT Practice: Outpatient is Better
by Lisa Mueller
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #3 -- "Does the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting Allow Greater PT Read More...
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2014 New Year's Resolutions
by Lisa Mueller
It's hard to believe it's 2014 already. I officially graduated from physical therapy school five years ago! Wow. Seems like it was yesterday. It also seems like I'm talking like my mom or grandma when I use phrases like "seems like yesterday," but so Read More...
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The Anterolateral Ligament
by Lisa Mueller
Last week, healthcare news was focused on the discovery of a new ligament of the knee by two surgeons in Belgium , coined the anterolateral ligament (ALL). The ALL connects on the anterior lateral portion of the tibia proximally to the posterior lateral Read More...
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When is Research Outdated?
by Lisa Mueller
A comment on my blog last week got me to thinking about the length of time that research is valid for use. The topic was brought up after I mentioned that I have an article from 2007 that I often use with patients, and a reader suggested newer research Read More...
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Do Patients Use Evidence?
by Lisa Mueller
Some of the research articles I've read recently have been about running, including the biomechanics of running and associated absorbed forces. Two years ago, I took a weekend CE course specifically about running. I'm interested in the progression from Read More...
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Best State to Practice
by Lisa Mueller
I just finished reading the October issue of PT in Motion , the APTA's publication I receive each month with a copy of the Physical Therapy Journal . The writers of PT in Motion ranked all states and the District of Columbia based on six specific criteria: Read More...
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Break from PT
by Lisa Mueller
I thought I would take a physical therapy break this week and blog a little bit about myself and my other interests. I really respect other therapists in the blogosphere who write regularly and drive needed conversations to progress our profession, but Read More...
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Quit Smoking
by Lisa Mueller
I'm kind of a creature of habit. I can listen to the same songs on my iPod on repeat until I have exhausted all the enjoyment out of them. I often prepare the same meals over and over again. I have the same routine every morning. Most things that I do Read More...
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Will Travel for Work
by Lisa Mueller
I'm traveling for work this week, my second "business" trip as a physical therapist. My employer is opening a new clinic in northern Wisconsin that also has a rehab staff member onsite, so I'm here finalizing the set-up and training the new staff member. Read More...
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Biomechanics of Being a Mom
by Lisa Mueller
I'm writing this blog after nearly six days of spending time with my family over the holiday. Thanksgiving with my mom's family, hosted my in-laws over the weekend and a last-minute dinner with some cousins last night made for a busy, yet much-needed Read More...
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Annual Thankful Blog
by Lisa Mueller
It's hard to believe that I've written this blog for more than four years, and each year I like to take the time around Thanksgiving to reflect on the wonderful things that have happened this year. Next month, my husband and I will read all of the slips Read More...
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Dream PT Clinic
by Lisa Mueller
I often find myself dreaming about the future. I plan, too. I think about the best scenarios for accomplishing certain tasks but also allowing time for other things. My brain is wired to look at situations and try to uncover the best possible "solution." Read More...
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Posture and Exercise
by Lisa Mueller
Many times, regardless of the patient's diagnosis, I'll discuss posture during one of our treatment sessions and the impact correct posture can have in reducing pain. The problem is that once my patients hear the word "posture" roll off my tongue, they Read More...
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