Tag: Physical therapy

Five Rules for New Orthopedic Physical Therapists

Recently had the pleasure of being the Clinical Instructor for my first DPT Student. Since his rotation ended, I have been reflecting on my time mentoring….what I did right….what I could have done better. Out of that I came up with five rules that new DPTs should follow in the Ortho PT world. Rule 1: 85/15 Rule Recently, I’ve been…

Dry Needling and Physical Therapy Resource Paper

My colleague recently made a great, quick resource sheet to support the ability of physical therapists to perform dry needling when challenged by acupuncturists and chiropractors. He covers education, anatomy knowledge, frequency of adverse events, philosophies, and DN practice throughout the nation/world. Dry Needling and Physical Therapy Resource Paper

Hamstring Rehab Protocol Using Lengthened State Eccentrics

With hamstring injuries being around 16% of all athletic injuries and reports of re-injury rates as high as 34%, identifying risk factors and appropriate rehab protocols is important for helping athletes play safely.  Proper recovery from an injury is extremely important as research suggests that recovery from recurrent strains takes longer than the initial insult. Hamstring injuries in athletics usually…

Hip Clamshell Exercise Progression for Glute Med Strengthening

In 2011, Boren et al. published a study comparing the gluteus medius and maximus activation levels using EMG of several different common rehab exercises (you can find the article HERE).  It is an excellent article in my opinion and definitely worth reading.  One trick I picked up from the article that I have had a lot of success with lately…

Nordic Hamstring Curls

The Nordic hamstring curl (aka Natural Glute Ham Raise) is an exercise that has received a lot of attention in recent years and for good reasons.  We’ve known for a while that eccentric training is important for preventing muscle strains.  The Nordic curl has been the topic of several different research studies lately (see references below).  The results of these…