Dry Needling: A Modality to Treat Trigger Points

By: Vincent Parisi SPT & Gretchen Stein SPT. Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri Reviewed by Rich Maas PT, DPT, OCS, COMTDry needling is a technique used by physical therapists to decrease pain and improve function caused by musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. However, not all PT clin

Complex kinematics of the wrist? Child’s Play!

Jamie Bergner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, COMTHave you ever wondered how the carpal bones and ligaments of the wrist can withstand so much force with daily activities? Consider what you might observe if you are on a playground! You might see children doing handstands, walking on their hands, seeing who can st

Clinical Commentary – Categories of Muscle Pain Part 1 Introduction

Valerie Phelps, PT ScD OCS FAAOMPT and Vicente Mauri-Stecca, PT ScD COMTMyofascial pain can be complicated to assess, however specific pain generator(s) can often be identified clinically. Classification according to specific characteristics facilitates the examination and interpretation process, t

The First Step in Dealing with the Difficult Patient

Communication. Conversation. We do it every day. It’s an integral part of the human experience. On the surface, it seems simple. So simple, in fact, that we don’t often actually think about it. But in reality, communication between two people is a very complex process.Let’s attempt to break it

Fibular Malalignment in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability

Kobayashi T, Suzuki E, Yamazaki N, et al. Fibular malalignment in individuals with chronic ankle instability. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014;44(11):872-878. Abstracted by: Rebecca Sherwin, PT, COMT, West Monroe, LA – Fellowship Candidate, IAOM-US Fellowship Program & Jean-Michel Brismée, PT, ScD,