About Nelson Marquez, PT, EdD

Nelson Marquez, PT, EdD, is physical therapy editor for Today in PT.

A lesson from angry birds

I went home one afternoon, disturbed by the status of a new patient whom I evaluated and treated earlier during the day. She said she was seen by a therapist from another clinic for the last six weeks for her orthopedic-related symptoms and dysfunctions; however, she did not see […]

By |April 30th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

The proof is in the research

One of my patients went for her regular checkup with her family physician and was directed to undergo several routine lab tests, which she agreed to. On the day that she was scheduled to meet with her physician for her test results, she requested that I accompany her. She […]

Searching for the “X factor”


During this year’s American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in February, I navigated the exhibit halls, aisle by aisle and booth by booth. If you took the time to observe the interactions between prospective employers and people who visited their booths, it was amazing how much you could […]

Shadows of Winter

On Feb. 2, Groundhog Phil saw his shadow in the small town of Punxsutaney, Pa., signifying an extended winter. According to legend, if it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges, Phil will leave his burrow, signifying that winter will end soon. If it’s sunny out, he will supposedly see his […]

By |February 21st, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Season of change

In January 2013, my editor’s note focused on my involvement with feeding the homeless, as part of my social consciousness, over the holidays. Toward the end of that note, I asked the question: “What had other physical therapists done that was outside the box and that left a positive […]

By |January 7th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||1 Comment

Writing on the wall

It has been my habit since I started teaching to turn the TV on as low background noise while grading my students’ papers. This seems to increase my focus and efficiency.

Several weeks ago, I turned the TV on to prepare to grade my students’ most recent essays. I flipped […]

By |September 19th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Brand recognition

Last Father’s Day, while playing tennis with my father, a 7-year-old boy approached me to ask if he could have a tennis ball to play with. I said yes and told him to choose whichever ball he liked. As he started to pick up a ball, he stopped and […]

Golden advice

During a recent trip to South Florida, I had dinner in a local restaurant, soaking in the culinary flavors of Miami. Seated in a booth, I couldn’t help but overhear the lively conversation of six “mature and experienced” ladies at the table next to me. Their mannerisms and interactions […]

Not so different

Recently, I worked with a group of foreign-trained physical therapists preparing to sit for their licensing exams. They had been in the U.S. for only a short time. What was revealed during our interactions was quite interesting. They have the same desires and aspirations that I had (and still […]