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:

Read The Examiner article here:


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