Occupational and Physical Therapy, United in Serving Humanity

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Mandy Chamberlain. Mandy Chamberlain is an occupational therapist and the founder … Read more

The 3 D’s: Dementia, Delirium, and Depression with Dr. Kenneth Miller

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Kenneth Miller. Dr. Miller is a physical therapist and … Read more

My Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. When something is the subject of an “awareness month,” I’m usually pleased at first, because I’m excited to see something like mental health in the spotlight. But wait a second. Wouldn’t it be nice if mental health didn’t even need awareness campaigns? By definition, every single person has “mental … Read more

Voice of the Patient with Gabriela Nunez

The Voice of the Patient

In the most recent episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast, Gabriela Nunez discusses her experience with two ACL reconstructions and the rehabilitation process following those surgeries. Gabriela Nunez is a 3rd year DPT student at the University of Florida, who enjoys working with all ages and conditions ranging from athletic injuries to chronic … Read more

“Where there is despair, hope.”

“I never thought I would walk again.” These words left me speechless. During an internship in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, I had been working with someone who recently underwent a transfemoral amputation. He was in a motor vehicle accident that nearly killed him. We worked through many periods of frustration and pain during our physical … Read more

Your Psychological Biases Are Stealing Your Money

Are you biased by conformity?

This post is in response to “3 Psychological Biases and Your Money,” by Joseph Reinke, CFA, CEO of FitBUX. If you are in the physical therapy profession, then you may be interested in FitPT, the FitBUX physical therapy community. You can follow @FitBUXofficial and @FitPTofficial on Twitter. In the 1960s, Walter Mischel and his colleagues conducted one … Read more

Pain Catastrophizing Sabotages Joint Replacements

Pain Catastrophizing Sabotages Joint Replacements

“Pain catastrophizing” is a relatively new term. In short, it’s a negative cognitive style. Laura Frey-Law & Steve George write that pain catastrophizing “at the extreme includes feelings and beliefs that the pain experienced is beyond the control of the individual and will inevitably result in the worst possible outcome” (in Sluka, 2016). The instrument … Read more