"The Good Stuff" is an occasional series that highlights recent media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!
Quotable: "And that’s when I experienced the under-appreciated part of modern medicine — physical therapy. It turns out there are medical folks committed to helping people with brain injuries resume a somewhat normal life." -Op-ed by Kenny Fleshman, discussing how his health care journey reinforced his belief in God and science. (The Chattanoogan)
Floor it: Kristen Schumpert, PT, DPT, offers her perspective on the importance of the pelvic floor and how physical therapy can help maintain pelvic floor health. (KFOR4 News, Oklahoma City)
Lymphatic drainage massage: Nicole Stout, PT, DPT, FAPTA; and Hillary Hinrichs, PT, DPT, explain the science and benefits of lymphatic drainage massage. (Today Show online)
Quotable: “When a person experiences an injury, he or she may feel like no one else understands. This is where physical therapists come in. They embark on emotional journeys with their patients that go beyond the actual therapy and the skills learned in the classroom." -William Ng, PT, DPT, who recently received a commendation for his demonstration of professional health care practitioner ideals from Touro College, in New York City. (centraljersey.com)
Dress to compress: Kathleen Leninger, PT, DPT, shares insights on the benefits of compression boots. (Bicycling)
Why weight? Brenda Boyko, PT; and Kelly Isakson, PT, discuss the center they established that melds physical therapy with strength and conditioning training targeted at kids. (Moscow-Pullman, Idaho, Daily News)
Social isolation and recovery from illness: Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD, discusses findings from a study he co-authored that looks at the ways social isolation is associated with higher disability burden and mortality in the year after a critical illness. (Yale News)
Balance on all things: Winnie Yu, PT, DPT, points out the advantages of various balance boards on the market. (livestrong.com)
Creating strong teams: Judy Cirullo, PT, provides insights in a podcast on keeping professional teams engaged and energized. (Blog Talk Radio)
Quotable: “When you’re struggling with a cancer diagnosis and a taxing treatment regimen, the last thing you might want to do is undergo physical or occupational therapy, particularly given that they can actually cause more pain when you’re actually doing them. However, such practices can greatly reduce pain and increase patient function, depending on the source, so they’re definitely worth discussing, particularly with patients who are losing their ability to perform essential tasks.” -Holly Geyer, MD, Mayo Clinic internist, on ways for cancer patients to address pain without the use of opioids. (Targeted Oncology)
A much-needled treatment: Bianca Beldini, PT, outlines uses for dry needling. (insider.com)
Quotable: "Workers' comp physical therapists have received a huge amount of good press over the last two months. I had always thought that physical therapists could treat certain injuries from the onset. I have always been a proponent of physical therapy." -James Moore, owner of J&L Risk Management Consultants, on recent studies supporting the effectiveness of early physical therapy for acute low back pain in workers' compensation programs. (workcompcentral.com)
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