The Monday Memo: 12/8/2014

The Monday Memo

December 8, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, but Words Can Hurt Forever”

A recent article in the San Francisco Examiner has drawn a lot of attention from the physical therapy community for its description of clinical PT.  In the article entitled “Injury is a reason to exercise, not an excuse to avoid it,” author Kevin Stone focuses on his CrossFit-based rehabilitation program which he encourages people to take if they are suffering from an injury.  His reasoning for this the habit that people tend to “favor” other body parts which leads to further injury.

However, he goes on to write “Therapy usually focuses just on the site of injury and traditionally ends when that particular part of the body is at least partially healed. It’s not designed to get a person back to total body fitness and strength.”  This, along with generalizations about injury and exercise, create an article that can be very easily misconstrued as fact.  His underlying goal for this article is to promote his “total body recovery program.”

We, as physical therapists, will encounter people that have been given misinformation on a daily basis.  It is our responsibility to inform people of the clinical evidence and science that goes behind proper PT.  As we all know, proper PT does not focus on a single joint for a rehab plan and do not discharge when a disability is only “partially healed.”  Always be aware of misinformation and opinions stated as fact, as this misguiding information can be hurtful to your patients as well as you as a clinician.

Read the APTA’s rebuttal to the article here:  http://www.apta.org/Media/Letters/2014/12/4/

Read The Examiner article here:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/injury-is-a-reason-to-exercise-not-an-excuse-to-avoid-it/Content?oid=2913017

 

SPOTLIGHT: Congratulations to Kait Swisher on her recent engagement!  Happy Holidays to everyone, we will see you in 2015!

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has created an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
December 9, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 12/1/2014

The Monday Memo

December 1, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Penguins Pulmonary Embolism”

A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE) after complaining of chest pain one day after practice.  This is his second diagnosed PE since he underwent ACL repair last January.  He is in stable condition but doctors report he will be out for at least six months while on a blood thinner regimen.

This case illustrates how unpredictable emergent conditions such as a pulmonary embolism can sometimes be.  The PE was confirmed via imaging, but the red flags were picked up by the team PT and AT in the locker room.  It is the responsibility of the physical therapist to detect the signs and symptoms of a PE and many other emergent health problems in patients within the clinic.  Though it is rare, PE’s can occur in patients that you would least expect, even seemingly healthy individuals such as elite athletes and professional hockey players.

SPOTLIGHT:  Kate Dunn, Danielle Demarco, and Becky Slater – For helping our classmates as we all enter our last round of tests for the term.  Good luck in your exams!

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has created an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
December 3, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 11/24/2014

The Monday Memo

November 24, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Happy Thanksgiving!”

Thank you all for helping make Thanksgiving dinner this past Monday night a heartwarming event.  Filled with great food and even better company, it was the best way to send us off before a week off.  And thank you to the many faculty who made an appearance, it was great to share a dinner with you all.

SPOTLIGHT: Thank you Keeley Chaffee, Carlos Darby, and Charlie Wonsettler for spearheading the dinner plans, and thank you to everyone that cooked food so delicious; it gave my grandmother a run for her money!

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has created an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
November 25, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 11/17/2014

The Monday Memo

November 17, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

RAK

This week I thought it worth mentioning something unexpected that happened in the clinic.

After what had been a difficult and emotionally trying morning in the clinic, the afternoon schedule showed no signs of being any less stressful.  That is until I went to work with a woman I will call Joyce.  All throughout her session, she was happy to be moving and thankful for our help.  But all it took to turn that entire day around was a compliment from Joyce and a thank you for doing our job.

Often underrated, one Random Act of Kindness (RAK) can easily be the highlight of a person’s day, especially when we have no idea what is going on in someone else’s life.  That is why I would encourage everyone to perform one random act this week.  Impact someone in a positive way, and let them have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

SPOTLIGHT:  Thank you to Becky Russell, Arielle Berman, John Schneider, Livvy Hart, Steve Betz, Mike Reeves, David Pastrana, Becky Slater, Ashley Whitehead, and Sue Staats for representing the program this Saturday at our Open House!  Dr. Kelly says you all did a fantastic job!

- Michael Turnwald

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Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has created an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
November 17, 2014 |

The Monday Memo: 11/10/2014

The Monday Memo

November 10, 2014                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

A New Twist on ACL Injuries

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair, as it has been known for decades, may be taking steps towards a new approach thanks to a “sponge.”  Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have obtained approval from the FDA to test a new form of ACLR, which involves the use of sponge “scaffold” rather than autografts, allografts, or any bony remodeling.

In the procedure, the sponge is inserted between the two severed ends of the ACL and filled with the patient’s own blood to help compensate for the poor vascularization of the ligament.  The sponge is left between the ends of the ligament, and subsequently replaced with progressively smaller sponges until there is union.  The idea is to mimic ligament repair that is seen in superficial MCL’s that can repair themselves thanks to their greater blood supply.

Rehabilitation for the procedure will most likely resemble that of traditional ACLR’s, but with the decreased risk of degenerative arthritis years later.

 

Find out more in the Boston Globe’s article:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/11/08/the-future-treating-acl-tears-cutting-surgery/H56nklXNhAXoEptwVay2vN/story.html

 

SPOTLIGHT:  Congratulations to all of the third year students for completing their six-month presentations!  Congratulations to second year students for completing their competencies!  Congratulations to Jessie Young and the Pittsburgh Women’s Rugby Club for winning their division this past Saturday!

- Michael Turnwald

Check the Calendar for Class Schedules and Events

Social Media Updates
  • #DPTstudent -  WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST!   Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
  • Unite Physical Therapy Students - If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
  • Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
  • #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)
November 12, 2014 |