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PT Elevated Podcast is a clinically focused podcast for physical therapists and other rehab providers. We may occasionally talk about big ideas and nerd out on research, but our ultimate goal is to provide knowledge and tools that you can apply in the clinic right away. We want you to learn something that helps you elevate your practice and increase your confidence. Let’s get started.

PT Elevated Evidence In Motion

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PT Elevated Podcast is a clinically focused podcast for physical therapists and other rehab providers. We may occasionally talk about big ideas and nerd out on research, but our ultimate goal is to provide knowledge and tools that you can apply in the clinic right away. We want you to learn something that helps you elevate your practice and increase your confidence. Let’s get started.

    PT Elevated – Align 2022 | Season 3 Wrap

    PT Elevated – Align 2022 | Season 3 Wrap

    In this season’s final episode, we reflect on our clinical discussions we had throughout the season.

    Join Kory, JJ & Paul as they discuss the expert guests’ clinical perspectives, they that were helpful for new clinicians. They also expand on guests that are speakers at the upcoming Align Conference, August 26-28.

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    Host Paul Mintken on Twitter: @PMinktkenDPT
    Host JJ Thompson on Instagram: @primalphyicaltherapy
     
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    • 31 min
    PT Elevated – Align 2022 | Geriatrics| Heidi Moyer

    PT Elevated – Align 2022 | Geriatrics| Heidi Moyer

    Welcome back to a NEW season of PT Elevated where we are broadening our topics to include more researchers but still focusing on topics that you can use in your clinic every day. This season some of our speakers are guests who will be live in-person at the EIM Align Conference this August 26-28 in Dallas, Texas.


    On our eleventh episode of season 3, Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy (GCS) and a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA) joins us! Heidi is the Program director for Evidence In Motion’s Geriatric Certification Program currently. She has previous teaching experience with EIM, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and for conferences such as National Student Conclave and Combined Sections Meeting. Heidi is an active APTA Geriatrics member, serving as a leader in multiple roles for APTA Geriatrics with the State Advocate Program and Balance and Falls Special Interest Group (BFSIG) as well as for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, where they are the active chair of the IPTA Geriatric Special Interest Group (GeriSIG). We are so lucky to have her joining us at the Align conference this year!
     
    Heidi’s Align Session Preview:


    Heidi will be presenting at the conference during lab 6, “Move Well and OPTIMIZE Always,” alongside Teresa Schuemann, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, SCS & Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC. The lab is hands-on and interactive. Its goal is to look at the maximization optimization of management and assessment and screening over of athletes across the life span. They will be looking at how you can optimize the performance of athletes across the lifespan, starting at the screening process, then assessment and management.

    Heidi will be talking about the importance of plyometrics in training older adults and particularly in athletes that are in a plyometrics sport. As well as looking at the senior fitness examination and how you can integrate that in your practice to give you a guidance to how to manage older adults that are athletes.
     
    This lab will be presented twice on Friday, once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once on Sunday, in the morning.

    Here are some of the highlights:


    In this episode Heidi expands on her experience working in geriatric physical therapy and becoming a geriatric certified clinical specialist. Heidi does say that you do have to be a jack of all trades because you are not just studying one body system or one joint in the body when looking at our older adults. The geriatric population can be present anywhere. She says her favorite geriatric topic to look at is health promotion and wellness and trying to get people moving long after we discharge them. She is very interested in keeping the geriatric population active and healthy. She also is interested in the topic of ageism. Whether that is self-ageism or ageism reflected from someone else.
     
    Heidi completed her Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) through the geriatrics academy through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). It consists of 3-weekend intensive that included, assessment, interventions, and lastly special populations. There was then a written exam and a practical exam. The whole focus was to provide hand-on skills to be able to get access to outcome measures and get facetime with experts in the field within APTA geriatrics to learn about some of these test and measures that are not taught in entry level DPT programs. Heidi says it was a great way to get clinical skills, to see changes in management with her patients, trace progress closely and more.  

    Heidi says medication reconciliation is within the scope for physical therapists to perform for patients and serves as a safety net to make sure the medications are doing what they are supposed to do. Heidi works hybrid home health currently and the medication reconciliation is her least favorite part.

    Heidi expands on care

    • 44 min
    Season 3 Episode 10 - Veronic

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Veronic

    Welcome back to a NEW season of PT Elevated where we are broadening our topics to include more researchers but still focusing on topics that you can use in your clinic every day. This season some of our speakers are guests who will be live in-person at the EIM Align Conference this August 26-28 in Dallas, Texas.


     
    On our tenth episode of season 3, Veronica Riera-Gilley is a holistic pharmacist and owner of Prairie Fire Pharmacy Consulting and Functional Medicine Pharmacist with Pharm to Table. Her passion is to maximize health with minimal medication. She is Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Advanced Mind Body Medicine Practitioner, Certified Lifestyle Coach, and Adaptive Yoga Instructor who helps people embrace healthy living, aging, and dying.


     
    In 2004 Veronica earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2004. Her journey into pharmacy began with the death of a close family friend. The family friend suffered a traumatic brain injury and was then put on a long list of medications. The side effects of the medication were not tolerable for her. She spoke to her physician and said she could not continue like this and was told that this was her new normal and to deal with it. She was given no guidance and continued the medication and shortly after she died of suicide. Veronica became a pharmacist because she wanted to be the healthcare professional that this family friend really needed, someone that could be the voice of reason and say that there are always other options, other ways to do things. That there are safer ways of using medications than others. Sometimes the answer is more medication and sometimes it is no medication at all. That is why Veronica is a pharmacist she wants to be that health care provider for patients who are sick and tired of being sick and tired and want to find a way outside of the pill box.

    In this episode they expand on what holistic healthcare is and what being a holistic pharmacist is, medication, when it is necessary and when it isn’t, how clinicians can benefit from utilizing a pharmacist and more!
     

    Here are some of the highlights:
    Holistic healthcare looks at the whole person and we treat not just the symptoms but the root cause of the problem. Functional medicine is that framework to ask that question of why are you having this symptom? Conventional medicine has often prescribed in medication a pill for every ill.  Functional medicine says why are you having this symptom and what is the root cause? How are we going to treat that? It is not always something that comes back to a nutrition deficiency or some other physiologic thing going on in the body. Sometimes it is a emotional or spiritual. The holistic approach to health care is looking at the whole person not only at their physiologic needs but their spiritual and emotional needs as well and giving credit to all of it.

    When Veronica was in pharmacy school, she was taught that Lifestyle and nutrition is the core of health. When lifestyle and nutrition failed, they were told to use medication. She gets excited when a patient comes in with an ailment that requires them to be on a long-term medication. Veronica says we need to be having the deep prescribing conversations with our patients, this is the planed and supervised process of discontinuing or reducing dosages. She says we should be having these conversations with our patients because most of these medications are band aids and not cures. They are buying us time to make those lifestyle changes are bodies are asking us to make.

    Poly pharmacy is using multiple medications at once. The greater the medications you use at once the greater the likelihood of having medication related harm or drug interactions. Veronica says she thinks It is important that we find ways for patients to reduce their medication burden for their long term safety. Food as Medicine and Functional Medicine gave her more tools in her toolbox to help

    • 30 min
    PT Elevated| Pilates and Movement | Brent Anderson

    PT Elevated| Pilates and Movement | Brent Anderson

    Welcome back to a NEW season of PT Elevated where we are broadening our topics to include more researchers but still focusing on topics that you can use in your clinic every day. This season some of our speakers are guests who will be live in-person at the EIM Align Conference this August 26-28 in Dallas, Texas.


    On our ninth episode of season 3, Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS, PMA®-CPT, owner and Founder of Polestar Pilates and Co-founder of Runity.run joins! He is a former dancer and been a PT for over 30 years. He is also a world lecturer and educator. He first opened Anderson Physical Therapy (APT) in Sacramento, CA. It was one of the first physical therapy centers specializing in Pilates based rehabilitation and performance enhancement. By 1994, a second APT facility was integrating Pilates into rehabilitation, dance medicine, cross-training, and wellness. Rehabilitation and Pilates practitioners from around the world visited Sacramento to observe and study this exciting new treatment approach. By 1997, Brent moved his practice to Miami, FL from 3,000 to 12,000 square feet of space.


    A Doctor of Physical Therapy and orthopedic certified specialist for more than 13 years, Brent is a leading authority in performing arts medicine and Pilates-evolved techniques for rehabilitation. He lectures nationally and internationally at symposia as well as consults with professional dance companies, schools, and observatories throughout the world.

    In this episode Brent expands on his extensive background between teaching and business. They discuss movement how Brent uses Pilates in that aspect, the benefits of getting into active movement, general misconceptions about pilates people have and more!

    Here are some of the highlights:


    Brent says sometimes he thinks the number of hats we wear has a direct correlation with how old we are. If we have stayed active, if we are pursuing new information then it is like our hats will continue to grow.”  

    Brent danced semi-professionally years ago, while he was in physical therapy school at UC San Francisco 35 years ago, he was taking dance class and his dance teacher told him about pilates. She told him to check it out the new dance medicine center at St. Francisco Hospital and he fell in love with it immediately. He met his partner Elizabeth who was his partner in Polestar pilates for 10 years. They traveled around and introduced pilates to the rehabilitation world. Brent then moved to Sacramento to have his own physical therapy practice. At that time, they introduced pilates education in a formal education way to be able to be certified in pilates in 1992. Polestar Pilates is in 67 countries with 16,000 graduates today.

    • 47 min
    PT Elevated| Behavioral Medicine| Dan Rhon

    PT Elevated| Behavioral Medicine| Dan Rhon

    Welcome back to a NEW season of PT Elevated where we are broadening our topics to include more researchers but still focusing on topics that you can use in your clinic every day. This season some of our speakers were guests who will be live in-person at the EIM Align Conference this August 26-28 in Dallas, Texas.


    On our eighth episode of season 3, Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, PhD joins! Dan is currently a physical therapist, professor and research director for the DScPT Faculty at Bellin College. He graduated from Baylor University with his master’s in physical therapy, followed by a DPT from Temple University and DSc from Baylor University. He completed a clinical fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center (orthopaedic manual physical therapy) and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Utah. He has served as the Director of Research, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Madigan Army Medical Center, and both the Director of Physical Therapy and then the Director of Clinical Outcomes Research at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center. He has over 50 publications indexed in Medline/PUBMed and he has received collectively over $10 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Dan currently does primarily research in the military health system & a couple of academic programs mentioned above.   

    In this episode they discuss some of the impactful trials Dan has led, like comparing cortisone injections in physical therapy in patients with shoulder pain and knee osteoarthritis. They also discuss the new trial Dan is undertaking looking at lifestyle and behavior change and how it is at the core of our health and holistic health and what it is.

    Dan says after you have been in clinical practice for a while you know that change and behavior is extremely difficult to get to happen by just saying something and telling people to do something. When you run a trial, you are trying to get the patients to respond in a certain way and be compliant because this is the care that you believe is optimal and you just need them to do it. But equally as challenging is you try to get clinicians to deliver certain type of care. Listen and find out things Dan believe play into behavior change and what he thinks about educating patients to promote behavior change & more!



    Here are some of the highlights:

    Dan says after you have been in clinical practice for a while you know that change and behavior is extremely difficult to get to happen by just saying something and telling people to do something. When you run a trial, you are trying to get the patients to respond in a certain way and be compliant because this is the care that you believe is optimal and you just need them to do it. But equally as challenging is you try to get clinicians to deliver certain type of care. Listen and find out things Dan believe play into behavior change and what he thinks about educating patients to promote behavior change.


    Dan’s Clinical Pearl –
    “The focus on the psychological piece with our patients and understanding that. I think every clinician should almost be a psychologist. We all need models to work under, but I do not think I appreciated the communication piece, the therapeutic alliance, the spending a little less time if I must prioritize my time, on an exam and spend a little bit more time listening to a patient and just how powerful that piece of it is. Becoming less mechanical tends to pay off more in the long run. I didn’t realize how powerful that connection was earlier on and realized as I get patients that are not getting better, what I could do better and what I am doing wrong. Just trying to understand patients and where they are coming from a little bit better.”


    Helpful research and training:
    DScPT Faculty at Bellin College
     
    Ad Info: We are excited to be back in person

    • 37 min
    PT Elevated| Shoulder Research | Lori Michener

    PT Elevated| Shoulder Research | Lori Michener

    Welcome back to a NEW season of PT Elevated where we are broadening our topics to include more researchers but still focusing on topics that you can use in your clinic every day. This season some of our speakers join us as guests that will be live in-person at the EIM Align Conference this August 26-28 in Dallas, Texas.


    On our seventh episode of season 3, Lori Michener, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA, joins to discuss the high-value treatment she has conducted for shoulder pain. Lori has been a professor at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy for 7 years and is also a director at the University of Southern California Clinical Biomechanics Orthopedic and Sports Outcomes Research. At the beginning of her career, Lori trained as an athletic trainer and a physical therapist then went into college athletics and taught for six years in a typical undergraduate institution. She taught athletic training and pre-med, pre-physical therapy, and pre-occupational therapy students. She says it was a great opportunity for her to learn how to be a teacher. She then went back and got her PhD in biomechanics and orthopaedics at Hahnemann now Drexel University and taught for 15 years at Virginia Commonwealth University. Now she has been in Southern California for the last 7 years at the University of Southern California.

    In this episode, they focus on why she chose to focus on the shoulder for her speciality area of study. They also discuss the decision of pursuing a Ph.D. and how she came to the conclusion to do so and more!

    Here are some of the highlights:

    Lori says no matter what area you are interested in if you have questions about pursuing a Ph.D. reach out to her and she is happy to talk about it. She says it took her about 2 years to come to the decision that she wanted to get her Ph.D. The advice she gives to anyone looking to pursue their Ph.D. program is to explore a lot of different programs because they are all different.

    Paul asks Lori what outcome measures she thinks we should be using to measure our patients with shoulder pain?

    Lori lists several tests she has used and for what over the years:


    The Penn Shoulder Score (PPS) – a condition-specific self-report measure. It is a 100-point scale that consists of 3 subscales, including pain, satisfaction, and function

    The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Shoulder Score (ASES) which is a mixed outcome reporting measure. It has 10 questions but some of the questions can be limited depending upon the patient's abilities.

    Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI), which is a self-administered questionnaire that consists of two dimensions, one for pain and the other for functional activities. The pain consists of five questions regarding the severity of an individual’s pain. Functional activities are assessed with eight questions designed to measure the degree of difficulty an individual has with various activities of daily living that require upper-extremity use.

    The DASH outcome measure – the disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand questionnaire is a 30-item questionnaire that looks at the ability of a patient to perform certain upper extremity activities. The questionnaire is a self-report questionnaire that patients can rate difficulty and interference with daily life on a 5-point Likert scale.

    Patient Satisfaction Score– a direct question, how satisfied are you with the use of your shoulder presently? 100 is full, 0 is not satisfied.
    Some of these outcome measures use legacy measure, some are specific questionnaires if your legacy measure does not capture that and then some anchor patient acceptable symptom state or patient satisfaction with the use of your body part that is injured.



    Lori’s Clinical Pearl –
    “I wish I would have known that connecting with the patient is more important than what you’re doing with the patient. I don’t think there is a magical set of exercis

    • 39 min

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