DRY NEEDLING vs. ACUPUNCTURE: What’s the Difference?!

Dry needling has become a popular treatment technique in many physical therapy clinics and practices in the United States. Though not legal in all states, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) supports the use of dry needling as a type of “manual therapy” and a part of a physical therapist’s scope of practice (see: Guide to…

20 Hip Exercises for 2020

There may be many reasons to want to train overall strength of muscles around the hip joint. Whether working with athletes who want to improve lower extremity power and hip extension or rotational power or with patients in physical therapy looking to reduce pain and improve function, improving hip strength can really provide some serious…

Physical Therapy Residency: Tips for Applying and Interviews

Please see my first post for general information on physical therapy residency programs: “What are Physical Therapy Residencies All About” In this post, I would like to continue the discussion of physical therapy (PT) residency programs and add some more specific tips for the application and interview process.  I will share some advice from my…

What are Physical Therapy Residencies All About: Lessons Learned from Ohio University Alumni Experiences in Residency

The intent of this blog post is to share the experiences of four Ohio University Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program graduates who have pursued physical therapy residencies (Orthopedic, Neurologic, Sports, Women’s Health). We wish to provide resources and a discussion of each of our experiences for those contemplating physical therapy residency programs. Here is…

You are NOT Your X-Ray

In our Western culture and media, we are very focused on image and outward appearance. Even in the wellness industry that claims to promote health, there is a stereotyped image and the implicit message that obtaining this look is what it means to be “healthy” (i.e., low body fat, blemish-free skin, muscle definition etc.). However,…

An Honest Look At PATIENT-CENTERED Care

I went to the dentist the other day for a routine exam and cleaning and it reminded me what being a patient is all about. In a physical therapy clinic, just like in any work environment, it is easy to become habituated to your setting and think that it is perfectly normal to… Use terms…

CHECKLISTS for PHYSICAL THERAPISTS! Re-visited…

  I’ve written about the usefulness of checklists before, so I won’t rehash what I’ve already said (spoiler alert: they can really UP YOUR GAME as a new physical therapist or physical therapy student!): “Performance Hacks for Physical Therapy Evaluations: The Power of The Checklist” However, I wanted to revisit this idea and share the…

Leda’s Interview with Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT

I was so honored to chat with physical therapist and podcast host, Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT on a recent episode of her podcast Healthy, Wealthy, & Smart (episode #446)! Check out the episode here: Healthy Wealthy & Smart: Episode 446: Dr. Leda McDaniel: Holistic Approach to CRPS Thanks Karen for the opportunity to share…