Yoga, the Physical Therapy Killer?

Yoga Helps Treat Low Back Pain

A cheaper option for the wealthier

Here’s an interesting read in the Boston Globe drawing conclusions about yoga and it’s ability to treat low back pain. They site an RCT which compared hatha yoga classes to a doctor’s visit and medication in treating low back pain. The yoga group reported one-thrid less pain and 80 percent decrease in pain medications. The control group reported a decrease in pain of five percent and no change in medication use.

To conduct further studies, Boston Medical researchers received a $2.7 million grant . One study, which is currently ongoing, enrolled 96 participants in a four-month “yoga dosing’’ study that will compare once-a-week yoga classes to twice-weekly classes to find the optimum effectiveness. The classes are held at Boston Medical Center and community health centers.

Read the full article here


November 29, 2011 |

NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Integrative Therapy Helps Patients with Balance Disorders

Departments of Otolaryngology, Neurobiology, and Communications Sciences and Disorders, and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh

Amsterdam, NL – Over the last 25 years, intensive efforts by physicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists have developed integrative rehabilitation regimens that can alleviate balance disorders associated with neurological disease, trauma or weightlessness.

A special issue of NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal provides an up-to-date review of the underlying scientific principles and latest clinical advances in the treatment of vestibular problems commonly encountered in neurorehabilitation. The journal is celebrating its 20th anniversary of publication this year.

Learn more about the journal


The Monday Memo 11/28/2011


November 28, 2011                                                                               DPT Class of 2014


Let the Countdown Begin


What can we do in 19 days? If we were to start walking, it would take exactly 19 days to arrive in Austin, TX from Pittsburgh. If we were to watch 9.5 episodes of Seinfeld each day, it would take exactly 19 days to complete the series. If we were to pluck 5263 hairs from our scalps, it would take exactly 19 days until we were bald.  In the end, we could’ve arrived in a (Keep Austin) Weird place, watched a “show about nothing” or have very shiny scalps. Sure, this might be fun and entertaining, but is this the best use of our precious time?


We have 19 days remaining in our fall semester. Despite frequently wishing to be somewhere else other than Forbes Tower, we all continue to not only attend class, but also arrive early and leave late. We fully understand that being absorbed and committed to the DPT program holds the greatest reward for the expenditure of our energy.  With three of the hardest weeks remaining to conclude the fall semester, resist the urge to succumb to the stress, adopt a pessimistic attitude and plop in front of the TV. We’re better than that! In fact, the best part about the Class of 2014 is our collective ability to maintain optimism, support and confidence despite the obstacles ahead. Let’s continue to put out positive vibes and lend assistance to one another. We’ll conquer this challenge together and achieve so much more in these next 19 days!



Mark Your Calendars!
  • Thursday, December 1st   – Contact your Spring Clinical locations
  • Thursday, December 8th  – Last day of Fall Clinical
  • Friday, December 9th  Research Methods– FINAL
  • Friday, December 9th  Patient Management– WRITTEN FINAL
  • Friday, December 9th  Clinical Education– CEIT and Self-Assessment Due
  • Sunday, December 11th Survey of Human Disease ­– Diabetes Quiz due on CourseWeb
  • Monday, December 12th  First-Year Formal­ – 2nd deposit due to Rachel



Class Reminders
  • Monday: Musculoskeletal – PBL Presentations
  • Wednesday: Survey of Human Disease – Guest Speaker Dave Wert (Endocrine/Diabetes) dress in business casual attire
  • Wednesday: Clinical Education ­– Patient Education/Motivation Quiz
  • Wednesday: Clinical Education ­– Guest Clinicians
  • Friday: Survey of Human Disease – Medical Terminology Quiz Due
  • Friday: Cardiopulmonary- Bring timer and stethoscope to competency check-off



Event Reminders
  • Friday, December 2nd : Ugly Sweater Party (and $10 max gift exchange)



  • PTGSA – Please accept the invitations in your e-mail to join the PTGSA if you’d like to become a member.
November 27, 2011 |

Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association

Safety in Youth Sports Act Becomes Law

PPTA Successfully Secures PT Role in Concussion Management

Governor Corbett, on November 14, 2011, publicly signed into law SB 200, the “Safety in Youth Sports Act”. I was honored to attend the bill signing as an invited guest representing the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (“PPTA”).As you are aware, the PPTA was significantly involved in this important legislation from the inception of the efforts by the Legislature to establish safety standards focused on the education concerning, and the management of, concussions in interscholastic sports in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


The PPTA worked closely with both the Senate and House measures and the prime sponsors of these companion bills, Senator Patrick Browne and Representative Tim Briggs.Additionally, the PPTA worked closely with Senators Costa, Robbins and Wozniak for a key amendment to SB 200, maintaining the interests of physical therapist professional involvement in SB 200 before it left the Senate for action in the House.The PPTA gratefully acknowledges the involvement of Representative Richard Stevenson, who serves in a leadership role in the House Majority, in coordinating efforts to bring together differing viewpoints to enable SB 200 to be finalized in the House.Among other things, Representative Stevenson’s efforts assured that the important role of the physical therapist profession would be maintained in the implementation of SB 200.Representative Stevenson worked with the PPTA, Representatives Tim Briggs, Bryan Cutler and Senator Browne in assuring that there was final agreement to the language that allowed the movement and final passage in the House and concurrence of House amendments by the Senate.


Finally, I would like to thank you the members of this Association.  Once again, you answered the call to contact your Representative and Senator when needed over the past two years as this bill was being amended and finally passed. Your assistance was immeasurable. Thank you for your involvement and your membership in the PPTA.


Ivan Mulligan, PT, DSc, SCS, ATC, CSCS President, PPTA

November 26, 2011 |

Update on Concussion Legislation

Pennsylvania Physical Therapists to Help Student Athletes with Concussions

Concussion legislation includes physical therapists as health care providers who can determine when students can be removed from the game.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A new law establishing standards for managing concussions and traumatic brain injuries will provide better protection of student athletes by requiring that they be immediately removed from participation in an activity when a concussion is suspected. Physical therapists are specifically included as part of the team of health care providers and officials who are designated to make this determination, says the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Publicly signed November 14 at the Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, by Gov Tom Corbett, SB 200 also requires that students be evaluated and cleared for participation in writing by an appropriate health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and other brain injuries. A physical therapist designated by a physician also will be part of the health care team that makes this determination.

“This law protects Pennsylvania student athletes,” said APTA Pennsylvania Chapter President Ivan Mulligan, PT, DSC, SCS, ATC. “We encourage other states to follow Pennsylvania’s example and put similar laws on their books that protect their student and youth athletes, while ensuring there is access to a variety of qualified health care providers trained in the examination and management of concussions, including physical therapists.”

Following a highly visible campaign last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, legislation has been introduced in more than 35 states and enacted in 24 in an effort to reduce the risk of concussions or other brain injuries sustained in community and school sports or other extracurricular interscholastic activities.

APTA is working to make certain that physical therapists and other qualified health care providers are included in similar legislation in other states to ensure there is access and collaboration across a broad range of providers on this important public safety issue.

More information on concussions and how a physical therapist can help can be found in the Physical Therapist’s Guide to Concussion.

APTA Official Press Release