Successfully treating patients in physical therapy is an ever evolving practice. New studies and evidence are always emerging to improve patient outcomes. In Touch Physical Therapy (https://intouchpt.wordpress.com/) has a great website helping practitioner’s stay up to date. Written by Dr. Harrison N. Vaughan, PT, DPT, OCS who started his blog in order to: “communicate with physical therapists and other healthcare providers all over the world through social media and blogging to improve our skills, techniques and information for the better of our patients and the profession.”
Posting blogs and full articles, you’ll find: full patient differentials and scholarly debate from the field, engaging visuals like diagrams, charts, videos and illustrative pictures of treatments and issues alike, where he tackles everything from golf swings to the very language used to communicate to patients about physical therapy.
In Touch Physical Therapy encourages dialogue amongst practitioners in order to more effectively learn from each other. The websites main goals are to instruct and inform on new ways to treat or fine tune professional skills, as well as keep up with new information. Updated frequently to make sure the site grows and advances along with changes in evidenced-based medicine. These are some great articles to check out:
- Random Bits & Big Hits 4: which details a case report on a specific set of case reports on upper cervical spine screening.
- Assessing Sleep with Pain: A Quick Case Using Fitbit: this article looks the importance of assessing sleep and quality in patients with chronic pain.
- How Would You Treat This Chronic Low Back Pain Case: Follow Up This follow-up to a presented patient’s case included treatment and outcomes along with dialogue provoking questions to inspire further analysis and interaction.
- How do I Minimize Confirmation Bias: This blog talks about the importance of not letting hypothesis rule and the importance of allowing the subjective history and objective findings to inform appropriate treatment and preventions.
- Anyone Who Is Interested in Pain Science Needs to Read This Seriously: This interesting blog post included correspondence from a fellow practitioner who had a negative experience educating a patient about Central Sensitization with discussion questions as to how the situation could have been handled differently or if the subject should have been broached at all. Very interesting stuff!
This is a physical therapist’s blog for other therapists and practitioners. I appreciated the intention to create a dialogue within the physical therapy community about specific cases and issues. I also was impressed with the diversity and breadth of the topics offered. Another great blog offering from a physical therapist, I highly recommend all practitioners check it out.