Guest Post on “Know Pain”

I am thrilled to have made the connection with UK Physiotherapist Mike Stewart, creator of the “Know Pain” website full of pain education resources, courses, and blog.  He recently shared a guest blog post of mine about my perspective on chronic pain. You can find the post here: Know Pain: “Breaking The Silence About A…

Guest Post on “Fitness Pain Free”

Super excited to have a Guest Blog Post I wrote featured on one of my FAVORITE BLOGS of all time = Fitness Pain Free Big Thanks to Dan Pope, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS (and creator of Fitness Pain Free)! Here it is: “How I Recovered From Chronic Knee Pain: Patience, Persistence, and Positive Inputs”

Can Running Make You Stronger?

After taking a break from running to recover from injuries (My Recovery Story), I have recently been pounding the pavement (and trails) again and really enjoying how I feel now that running is a part of my life again. Beyond feeling generally healthier when I am running consistently (I don’t run a ton, but try…

Leda’s Interview with PAIN OUT LOUD host Dr. Melissa Cady

I am so thankful to PAIN OUT LOUD and Dr. Melissa Cady for having the opportunity to share my story of recovery from chronic knee pain/CRPS. Check out the trailer: Leda’s PAIN OUT LOUD Interview Trailer Create a FREE membership with PAIN OUT LOUD to watch the full interview here: PAIN OUT LOUD WEBSITE Steps…

What’s in a Diagnosis? Are Labels Helpful or Hurtful in Medicine?

One of the first debates in my clinical psychology class in college (that has obviously made an impression and stuck with me!) was about the pros and cons of a categorical system of diagnosis for mental illness (vs. a system that recognizes diagnoses along a continuum)1. Diagnoses for psychological illness are described in the “Diagnostic…

Can A Checklist Make You A Better Physical Therapist?

Lately, I have been pretty obsessed with checklists. The main motivating factor to this has been reading Atul Gawande’s book “The Checklist Manifesto”2. I also admit, though, that I probably have a propensity for liking checklists given my inclination to make “To-Do” lists and write post-it notes to myself and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing…

The Making of Surgeons

Surgeons are trained, not born As I’ve written about before (HERE), the acquisition of skills or knowledge in any field requires vast amounts of practice. This requirement for many hours of practice in order to attain competence, or indeed expertise, holds true across disciplines: athletics, music, chess, writing, and yes…surgery.1 In their article, “The Making…

Different Approaches to Total Hip Replacement Surgery

(www.dreamstime.com, free stock photos)14 Imagine for a moment that you are the “typical” hip replacement patient:   you are 65 years old and your right hip has been increasingly painful for the last 4 years during most of the activities that you enjoy: playing tennis with your husband, walking in the neighborhood with your best…

Is That Okay? The Importance of Informed Consent in Health Care

(Check out the article published in PTinMotion, February 2018 edition based on this blog post: “Avoiding Charges of Sexual Misconduct“) The recent social media campaign #metoo has brought to light the staggering number of women and men who have been victims of sexual harassment, assault, and battery. Women and men have been using the #metoo…

The Circles You Move In: Part 2- Practice

How do you become an expert at something? Or even competent? The goal for physical therapy programs across the country is to graduate “entry level physical therapists”. I am currently participating in my first clinical rotation as a physical therapy student and I am incredibly humbled by the skill and tact demonstrated by the health…