Are you getting ready to have back surgery? Have you tried physical therapy yet? If not, what in the bloody hell are you thinking? You’ll sign up for a $100,000 spinal surgery, with no guarantees for long term pain relief, without seeing if maybe – MAYBE – you can avoid the surgery in the process? Would you tear down your house and build a new one if you needed a little work on the floors?
If that’s how you (pun alert!) operate, than I have some land in Florida to sell you.
I had to include this image because for some reason it made me laugh so hard I cried. Tears of awesomeness, of course.
Welcome to our series on “Crazy Things In PT.” You can find other posts in the series via these links – Outdated Interventions, Postural Restoration, Crazy Manual Therapy. Before we begin, here’s a little note from the management:
These articles are intended to show some of the things currently done by physical therapists around the US and around the globe. There are many very well meaning PTs out there and we are not in this to shame or accuse specific people of evil motives, only to expose specific theories and/or interventions in physical therapy. We acknowledge that patients do get improvement with some of these techniques, but strong claims call for strong evidence to back it up. Remember, some people do get better after taking a sugar pill.
Individuals will be used as examples from their own videos or published articles, but in every case we will use as much of their own material as possible so they can speak for themselves. Oh, and this is not an educational/research site, so if you have a problem with satire you should just move on.
Oh boy. The sacred cow of physical therapy…exercise. Truth is, some exercises are just stupid. And for this post we’ll be focusing on stupid exercises, corrective exercises, and things that loosely fall under the term “exercise.”
Let’s get something out of the way right now, is there anything more stupid than the “empty can” exercise? First off, it’s unnatural. Second, for many people it’s painful. Third, it’s stupid.
If someone has pain with a combination of shoulder internal rotation and elevation, maybe you shouldn’t have them do it as a strengthening exercise! Think, just a little. Continue reading
Attention All American New Grad PTs and DPT Students!
Do you have ambition? Do you
hate following orders from someone else want to be your own boss? Are you looking to maximize your earning potential and solve the healthcare crisis at the same time?! The only real way to do all of the above is to start a cash based physical therapy business immediately.
The newest batch of memes, hot and ready.
Do you have clients that seem determined to be their own worst enemy? I posted this on Facebook and it’s obvious that my experience isn’t rare.
With that in mind, here’s a handy contract that you can print out and have your “difficult” patients sign. Perhaps it will help get the message across. One can only hope.