The PT Minute: How Do You Know You CAN’T Help Someone?

The SPARK Physical Therapists get one-minute to answer a single clinical question. We live in a “I want it and I want it now” society.  This is our way of providing our community the best answers to the burning questions without any fluff. This week’s PT Minute question: “How Do You Know You Can’t Help Someone? Dr. Carlos … Read More

How Do You Measure Success?

Everyone wants to feel successful professionally and personally. Of course the level of success everyone aspires to can be different but everyone is able provide some standard for which they aim. For example, one person may want to receive a passing score on their yearly work performance review. While another individual may view a stellar … Read More

Tough Mudder 2016

We are officially Tough Mudder Legionnaires, a.k.a LEGIT. This June, all of the staff at SPARK (plus some additional friends) completed a ten mile team event including 21 obstacles that tested our strength, speed, power, and teamwork. There was plenty of mud, water (some of it ice cold – literally), sweat, scrapes, and sunburn. The … Read More

Four Categories of Words to Avoid in Ortho

Language has been examined a lot lately in the pain world including how explaining pain translate to patient outcomes. Patients want to know the cause of their pain which often provokes medical providers to use words and phrases that catastrophize, dramatize, over-simplify, and predict long-term outcomes. These four categories of words and phrases should be … Read More

What are you doing to “Make Your Health Happen”?

Google?  Yelp?  Craigslist? Groupon? So many choices and options when it comes to finding providers for wellness and healthcare.  They all say they are reputable but we all know, “they” talk a lot!  Can you really trust a website or someone you don’t know to recommend a healthcare provider, gym or nutritionist? How can you … Read More

Pain is Info, Bro!

What are you looking for when you visit a health professional?  Most people would say they want to know why they hurt or what their diagnosis is.  What if I told you that these things aren’t that important? Some people would stop listening or say I’m not credible and I’m not sure that I would … Read More

How is this Different than my other PT Experience?

When shopping around for ANYTHING people look at three factors:  Cost vs. Quality vs. Convenience.    Generally, when consumers are looking for a product or service they will sacrifice at least one of these three factors in this decision. For instance:  You may have previously seen a Physical Therapist that was In-Network and took a … Read More

So you want to run a marathon…

Or a half marathon…How many days a week will you run? How many miles each week? How long should your long run be? These are questions I get all the time from my patients/clients who want to tackle a marathon or half marathon. Today’s blog post is going to get you to the starting line … Read More

Get on the Mobility Train!

I would say most of you are familiar with mobility and flexibility training to some extent and hopefully at least a little bit is part of your running routine. The most common reason runners tell me why they don’t work on their mobility is because they don’t have time. This is usually after they went … Read More

You Get What You Pay For…

Over the past two months working as SPARK Physiotherapy’s Office Administrator, I’ve realized that outside of calls to schedule appointments, our most prevalent call is from potential patients inquiring about whether we accept insurance.  When I explain that we are an Out-of-Network, Cash-Based service provider but that we do submit insurance claims on our patients’ behalf to … Read More