The STarT Back Screening Tool is Changing Physical Therapy

Forecasting is tough work. Whether one is a meteorologist or a stock broker, it takes guts to make a prediction. The same applies to making predictions in the physical therapy profession. The beauty of a prediction is that it is testable. We can look at a set of data, make a reasonable guess about what […]

The Curious Case of Psychologically-Informed Physical Therapy

I love psychology, but physical therapy has a psychology problem. I’ve already written¬†about how the physical therapy profession should be more willing to embrace psychological research. There are some good explanations of why PTs are slow to adapt their practices to the biopsychosocial model. Many psychological interventions are poorly described, poorly implemented, and even poorly […]

Should Physical Therapy Be Merely Physical?

What does physical therapy look like to you? To you, physical therapy might be about stretching and exercise. Maybe it’s about cracking necks and backs. Maybe it’s about lifting heavy and lifting correctly. Maybe it’s even about ultrasound and TENS. Maybe it’s about slapping on a hot pack first, slapping on kinesiology tape next, and […]