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  • Dormant Butt Syndrome

    There are many reasons a person might be experiencing chronic pain - improper posture, poor work ergonomics and repetitive stress, and recurring injuries to name a few. But a less obvious reason is making its way into the spotlight: Dormant Butt Syndrome (DBS). In an article from the Washington Times, Dr. Chris Kolba, a physical therapist at Ohio ...
  • Can Helmetless Drills Decrease Football Head Impacts?

    The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Dallas, issued an interesting press release Dec. 18 related to the hot-button issue of head impacts in football. The release stated: ''Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this ...
  • Unjustified Clinic Fears

    Last week's blog was about my nervousness going into the first clinic week. I'm happy to report that all of my anxiety was for nothing, I had a great 8 hours in the clinic! The professors did quiz us a lot, but not knowing the answers wasn't a big deal and I identified my weaknesses. More importantly, I learned a ton! I was especially impressed ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 29, 2014
  • Wound Care PT

    One of my classes this semester is titled ''Integumentary.'' The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • The Value of Cadaver Lab in PT School

    One of my courses this semester has been cadaver lab. My school uses a unique format where a group of medical and dental students lead the lab on cadavers that they've dissected. Outside of lab hours, we have full access to the lab to study the bodies. With two weeks of this class left, I've been reflecting on the value of my cadaveric ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 14, 2014
  • Falls -- They Come in Threes

    Just over a week ago, I had my first experience with an incident report. All in all, it wasn't a big deal. A patient of mine with T11 paraplegia was attempting to stand from his wheelchair to complete a 10-meter walk test. As it turns out, his brakes (even when engaged) barely work. He went to push up from the chair, it started to slide backward, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • Continuum of Care

    In transferring from inpatient rehab to a local outpatient PT clinic, I have the unique opportunity to see patients throughout their course of recovery. When I arrived to my current clinical site, I recognized at least three patients who had been on either the brain injury or spinal cord injury units when I was completing my clinical rotations at ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 25, 2013
  • Caseload Breaking Point

    I just finished my second week at an outpatient clinic where I see a great variety of patients. I'd say it's split 50/50 between orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. The caseload diversity is going to be a great learning experience. But until I feel up to speed again with my outpatient skills (especially my evaluation skills), I anticipate a few ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 18, 2013
  • The "C" Word

    I've dealt a lot with the ''c'' word lately -- cancer. On both a personal and professional level, I've had an up-close look at the effects of the disease on patients, families and healthcare professionals. In the world of PT school, we covered cancer interventions and suggested case management. That being said, I think it can be very difficult to ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 28, 2013
  • Encouragement vs. False Hopes

    Working on the spinal cord injury unit, I often find myself treating patients whose functional recovery we can't predict. As I've taken the lead on more of these cases, one of the most significant challenges I face is finding a balance between providing encouragement and giving people false hopes about their progress and recovery. Anyone in any ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 15, 2013
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