PT Day of Service 2021

Since its beginning in 2015, “Physical Therapy Day of Service” (PT Day of Service) has been an opportunity for physical therapy students, clinicians, and staff to engage in the community and give back. Service projects for PTDOS often involve promoting health and sustainability efforts. This year, I am very excited to be joining the farmers…

Tendinopathy Treatment Tips for The Lower Body

“Tendinitis,” or the more comprehensive/accurate term “tendinopathy” is of the most common overuse injuries that we see in physical therapy. Whether “jumper’s knee” (patellar tendinopathy”), Achilles’ tendon pain, or plantar fasciitis (fasciopathy or heel pain); these injuries are incredibly common and often very painful and debilitating.  In working with many patients with these conditions, I…

Groin Strains, What A Pain! Treatment and Prevention Strategies for Athletes

Groin injuries including adductor or hip flexor muscle strains are common in sports such as soccer, football, and hockey. These injures often occur following forceful cutting, sprinting, or kicking involved in these sports that places high stress on these muscle groups. The mechanism of injury, similar to hamstring strain injuries, often involves quick deceleration force…

Back to Basics: Evidence-Based Treatment for Ankle Sprains

If you had to pick one injury to be good at treating what would it be?! …A LATERAL ANKLE SPRAIN!!!!! I remember in my physical therapy training, one of my professors stating that if you could treat a lateral ankle sprain, you could use variations on this theme to treat any other musculoskeletal foot or…

Load Those Quads! 

Quadriceps weakness often persists as a robust finding in patients with knee pain. This is true in overuse type injuries such as patellofemoral pain syndrome (Willy, 2019) and especially after knee surgeries like anterior cruciate ligament repair (ACL-R) (Baron, 2020; Current Concepts, 2016; Thomas, 2016; Logerstedt, 2017), and total knee arthroplasty (TKA, i.e., knee preplacement…

Effective Treatments for Low Back Pain: What Helps the Most

How many people do you know who have had low back pain at some point in their life?  My guess would be A LOT!  Low back pain is incredibly common and is the leading cause of disability world-wide (Hartvigsen, 2018). Because it is so ubiquitous, low back pain has been referred to as an “epidemic” and has even been…

Physical Therapist’s Role in Medical Screening for Low Back Pain

The majority of individuals who come to physical therapy for a recent episode of low back pain have an excellent prognosis. In other words, there is a good chance that they will get better over time with the help of low-risk treatments such as physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and early return to work…

Improving Physical Therapy Education: Make Learning Stick!

Are you interested in learning more about ways to apply the science of learning to physical therapy education? Check out this recent article series that I wrote with my Dad, Dr. Mark McDaniel and co-author of “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” that was just published in The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation….

PT Day of Service: Investing in Community

October is APTA’s national physical therapy month and part of bringing awareness to our profession is giving back to our communities during the annual “physical therapy day of service” (PT DOS). PT DOS (this year fell on October 10th, 2020) and the week before and after are dedicated to serving those in need and participating…

Managing Stress Fractures and Shin Splints in Runners: Part 1: Classifying “Bone Stress Injuries” and Tips for Prevention

Within any group of runners–long distance runners, track runners, recreational or competitive runners—some of the most commonly reported injuries are “shin splints” and stress fractures in the leg or foot (Nattiv, 2012). As you may expect, the majority of stress fractures, estimates 80% or greater occur in the lower body (Kahanov, 2015; Matcuk, 2016). So,…