PT 101: Artistry in physical therapy

“Physical therapy is the art and science of treatment using various therapeutic modalities to alleviate patients’ symptoms, address physical dysfunctions, and to assist patients in achieving their highest rehabilitation potential.”
I still remember memorizing this statement in preparation for my interview for PT school in the mid-80s. I thought that […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

In search of a new question: Why can’t we?

Aug. 11 marked my 25th year of living and working in the U.S., having arrived here to work as a contract physical therapist in 1989. In celebrating my 25th year, I decided to drive to Jacksonville, Fla., where most of my former roommates and best friends chose to establish themselves. […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

What it takes to ‘produce’ a physical therapist

Last May, I attended a graduation event for one of my mentees, JC. The event is the culmination of his three years of physical therapy education. As I sat in the audience listening to speeches, mixed with the sniffling of family members, I wondered: “What did it take for […]

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

Knowledge can provide comfort

Earlier this fall my son injured his shoulder while playing football, and I had to take him for an arthrogram. As a physical therapist, I have a good understanding of the procedure and what it is designed to show, or hopefully, not show in his case.

Having had the procedure […]

By |November 26th, 2013|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