The Monday Memo: 3/23/2015

The Monday Memo

March 23, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Ducks”

Back in 1992, a cargo ship accidentally lost a container holding nearly 30,000 Friendly Floatees rubber ducks.  The container spilt the friendly bath toys into the Pacific Ocean where they were left to drift wherever the rolling waves would take them.  Scientists quickly discovered that they could track the ducks, using them to study ocean currents.

Twenty-three years later, the ducks are still turning up on shores around the world.  Some have travelled over 17,000 miles.  Ducks have been found from Hawaii, to Hong Kong, to Argentina, Alaska, New York, and even the UK.  Some ducks have even been found frozen in Arctic Ice and have crossed through the Arctic Circle to reach the expanses of the Atlantic.  Twenty-three years later, and they are still washing ashore, sometimes halfway around the world, continents away.

Everything we do in life is a lot like these rubber ducks.  Each action we take, hopefully for the better but occasionally for the worse, is a drop in the great expanses of our world.  They send ripples throughout time and space, carrying our words and actions to people we may never meet and places that we may never even dream of.  And yet though we may never know it, our actions can alter paths, they can shape minds, they can change the lives of those countless masses that will never know our names.

And we as therapists do this daily, without giving a thought.

We as therapists and physicians carry great weight with our actions.  By getting a father out of the hospital bed he had resigned himself the lie in the rest of his life, we may improve his health and quality of life so that his grandchildren have memories with him.  Controlling a woman’s low back pain could allow her to get back to work, so that she can send her daughter to a better school and a better life.  These ripples can turn to waves that you personally may never see, because you only witnessed the drop in the water, the time that you brought about a change in someone’s life.  So set some rubber ducks adrift.  Who knows what they will do.

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

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March 23, 2015 |

The Monday Memo: 3/2/2015

The Monday Memo

March 2, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“PCORI”

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most costly conditions affecting people in today’s workplace.  It can be subdivided into those suffering from an acute episode of LBP, a prolonged yet subacute episode, and a chronic, disabling LBP syndrome.  For years, work has been done to re-classify LBP in order to better approach its treatment on a larger scale.  Now, LBP will be analyzed to discover what allows a simple tweaked back to become a long-term problem, and we will be studying it in a big way.

 

“Targeted interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients: A Multi-Site Pragmatic RCT,” headed by principle investigator Dr. Anthony Delitto of the University of Pittsburgh, is a large-scale study aimed at describing what may lead acute LBP patients to progress to chronic LBP patients, as well as the effectiveness of physical therapists working alongside PCPs.  The project has been graciously funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, and is half of a recent funding announcement totaling nearly $24 million.  The University of Pittsburgh will coordinate with 12 separate clinics across 5 distinct regions of the United States in this five year project.

 

The project aims to focus on the functionality of the patients involved as well as the healthcare costs associated with the treatment of the patients.  Included in these costs will be the number of x-rays, MRI, and surgeries performed on these patients, all of which have been proven time and again to be of little to no statistical value to LBP sufferers.  This PCORI project coincides with previous research done in Europe but has yet to be tested and applied to patients in the United States. The project is set to be one the largest of its kind in the country, and will make strides to reduce the pain and suffering of people with chronic LBP.

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

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March 2, 2015 |

The Monday Memo: 2/23/2015

The Monday Memo

February 23, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Empathy is Essential”

Instead of writing a lengthy article this week, I thought it might be interesting to listen to other people’s stories, from their points of view.  Both of these short videos deal with an issue that we as physical therapists will encounter all too often, and the circumstances of these issues can be difficult for both the patient to handle emotionally and we as therapists to understand without ever having to live with them ourselves.  Here are two stories that may give you better understanding about what your future patients are going through, and what innovative breakthroughs are occurring to help change their lives.

 

Maysoon Zayid and her life story of dealing with Cerebral Palsy.

http://www.ted.com/talks/maysoon_zayid_i_got_99_problems_palsy_is_just_one

 

Krista Donaldson and how her experiences pushed her to develop healthcare to reach the third world.

http://www.ted.com/talks/krista_donaldson_the_80_prosthetic_knee_that_s_changing_lives#t-117341

 

SPOTLIGHT:  Congratulations to all of the Pitt faculty involved with the multi-institutional CoHSTAR Project that recently received over $2 million in grant funding for physical therapy research.  Parts of the research will explore the effectiveness of physical therapists as points of primary care for certain musculoskeletal disorders.

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

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February 23, 2015 |

The Monday Memo: 2/16/2015

The Monday Memo

February 16, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“You Can’t or You Won’t?”

It can be so easy at times to feel that we are incapable of achieving our goals.  We can’t find the time. It would take too much effort.  The odds are against us.  The world is out to get us.  We physically cannot muster the will power and rise to the challenge before us.  We have become complacent with where we find ourselves and listen to others tell us that that is all the farther we can push ourselves.  And it can be all too easy to accept what those people are telling us, and sulk in our perceived inabilities.  But some of us will refuse to accept defeat, some of us will look to something greater, and some of us will not let anything or anyone stop them from achieving their goals.  This is what Kyle Maynard has done.

Kyle Maynard, if you haven’t heard of him, is an accomplished author, speaker, athlete, hiker, and mountain climber.  He has won the GNC’s World’s Strongest Teen award and has played football.  Kyle has been inducted into the National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, published a book, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Kyle Maynard has done all of these things before the age of 28, and he has done it all while being a quadruple amputee.

Born with quadruple congenital amputation in which fibrous bands prevent the development of full limbs, Maynard does not have functional appendages distal to his elbows or knees, and yet he has never let this stop him.  From playing nose tackle in pee-wee football to training as a mixed martial arts fighter, Maynard has never let what others saw as a disability limit his performance, even to the point of using specially designed orthotics to climb the 19,340 feet to the summit of the tallest mountain in Africa.

This amazing example of human endeavor is one that we should all remember.  It can truly put things into perspective, both for ourselves and for the patients we see.  It is proof that so many of the barriers we perceive to be in our way of our goals are really just in our heads, and no mountain is too tall to be conquered.

 

-Michael Turnwald

 

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February 17, 2015 |

CSM Wrap Up Memo: 02/12/2015

The Saturday Memo – CSM Edition

February 12, 2015                                                                                PITT DPT STUDENTS

“#ConferenceAddict”

 That hashtag describes exactly how I feel after attending CSM 2015, my 8th conference since starting DPT school. CSM 2015 once again demonstrated the importance of developing a professional network and maintaining those connections. The conference started early for me with the component leadership reception on Tuesday night, where I was able to network with some of our profession’s most respected leaders. This event initiated my conversations with clinicians throughout the week that were thrilled and inspired by student involvement. As part of my role as the Nominating Committee Chair for the Student Assembly Board of Directors, most of my conference was spent attending meetings and talking with students in the exhibit hall, but I wouldn’t have traded that for the world. Meeting students who have caught the ‘passion bug’ is one of the best things about conferences. When students realize the voice that we have as part of this profession and association, I can’t help but get ignited with passion.

At the conference, there were a lot of conversations happening about membership in the APTA. Currently, less than 30% of physical therapists are members of our professional association. This number is staggering. Think of the things that we could do as an association if this number were doubled. Most people think about what value the APTA can provide to them, but what about the value that we can provide to the APTA as being members. It would only strengthen our voice as a profession to legislators and to other healthcare providers. Attending conferences ignited my involvement in the APTA and within almost three years, these conferences have more than demonstrated the value of APTA and what value I can provide to the association. With that, I have committed to staying a member for life and I challenge each of you to do the same.

In June, there is another opportunity to attend an APTA national conference in National Harbor, MD, entitled the NEXT Conference. As a student, these conference experiences are invaluable and I recommend that every student do their best to attend at least one conference during their DPT education. I guarantee that you will make unforgettable connections that will lead you to potential job opportunities, an incredibly supportive professional network, and lifelong friendships. CSM 2015 continued to reaffirm my love for this profession and the people that are part of it. My countdown to the NEXT conference has already begun. I will leave you with one quote that describes the feeling that reignites every time that I attend a conference.

“I get up each morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. “ –E.B. White

~ Kait Bianco, SPT, Class of 2015

 

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February 12, 2015 |