The Secret Key to Becoming a Better Aerialist

With the fall season upon us and performances coming up, we are seeing a spike in aerial related injuries. During my aerial classes, I interact with a lot of aerialists and a question that I usually ask is “Are you doing any kind of exercises outside of your aerial work?”  As Dr. Ivy Jordan wrote … Read More

The PT Minute – What is Direct Access?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “What is Direct Access?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “Gone are the days where you needed to get permission to see a physical therapist. If you hurt, find a PT! You’ll save yourself time, money and loads of grief.” Dr. Ivy Jordan –  “Direct access allows you to get the … Read More

Half Marathon – Mission Accomplished!

Mission accomplished! I ran my second half marathon ever on and I did it without stopping. Sure, I may have choked on water at the rest stops I jogged through and felt like I was hobbling through the last three miles but I never stopped. I finished in just over two hours and two minutes … Read More

The PT Minute: What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?

This week’s PT Minute question: “What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?” Dr. Carlos J Berio – “Physical therapy is where you go when you’re hurt”. While this a great place to work from as a profession, it really undermines the many skills and knowledge the an experienced physical therapist possesses. … Read More

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

The Debriefing IFOMPT 2016:

Once every four years a collection of some of the most well renowned minds in the field of physical therapy come together for The International Federation of Manual Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) Conference. This go around the conference was in Glasgow, Scotland.  As with all conferences, there were a TON of takeaways. Some from an interpersonal perspective, … Read More

2 Answers to The Client Value Question

The way it is: the PT Mills You know them. 3-4000 sq ft open facilities. Busy front desk. A couple overworked folks with a phone permanently attached to their ears. Phones and faxes ringing off the hook. Some automated voice answers the phone each time you call. ‘press 1 to make an appointment’. Half a … 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

Prep for Tomorrow

“Help me, help you.” This is what your body says every time you finish exercising in the hopes you will show it some TLC so it’s ready to go again tomorrow. More often than not we dismiss this suggestion and assume our bodies will magically repair themselves without any thought or effort. Then what happens? … Read More