Effects of Biofreeze vs Ice on Acute, Non-Complicated Neck Pain

Bart Bishop, Dr. Jay Greenstein, Robert Topp doi: 10.1016/j.clch.2011.09.015 Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2011, Pages 153-154 Background: Cryotherapy has long been used by physical therapists and chiropractors in the management of acute pain and more recently it has been shown to effectively manage chronic pain. Multiple studies have demonstrated that both ice and menthol decrease blood flow and help …

Dr Barton Bishop Sports and Spine Therapy

Dr. Barton N. Bishop

PT, DPT, SCS, TPI CGFI-MP2, CSCS

Damian Lillard and The Science Behind Biofreeze

Whether it’s the dull throb of overworked muscles or the soreness of aching joints, pain effects millions of patients every day. Many of those people could be YOUR current or future patients. They probably have questions about their course of treatment and may want to know why you use Biofreeze Pain Reliever. You know the product works; but the video …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

NormaTec Clinical Case Study

Arkfeld Clinic in Michigan focuses on enhancing neurological performance of the brain and spine. They offer a variety of therapies, including those found in professional sports medicine departments, to relieve pain, empower movement, and balance the nervous system. In addition to patients with chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and stress and anxiety, Arkfeld Clinic treats a broad range of student athletes. …

Do You Ice an injury? Should you?

No matter what conflicting reports or headlines you’ve come across in the last few years telling you “NOT TO ICE” . . . the truth is there’s no definitive research that supports completely discontinuing the use of localized cryotherapy with your patients or athletes. There are definitely some claims that have been made over the years with regards to ice’s …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

2019 Physical Therapy Trends: Value-Based Retailing

On the subject of trends in the Physical Therapy space, one important topic is the idea of “value-based” retailing. There’s a lot to unpack here, so we’ll just touch on a few key points . . . PT Changes Lives. We’re all aware of the infinite value we provide to our patients on a daily basis with our treatment protocols …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

6 Tips for Securing Hook-and-Loop Straps in Orthotic Fabrication

How to firmly secure hook-and-loop strapping to an orthosis? An important aspect of any orthosis is the strapping used to attach the orthosis to the patient’s extremity. Clinicians generally use hook-and-loop straps, often referred to by the trademarked name “Velcro”. These consist of two components: one featuring tiny hooks, the second featuring smaller loops. When the two are pressed together …

5 Ways to Incorporate Sports Techniques with Prenatal Patients

Women often seek out chiropractic care during their pregnancies. One of the main reasons for this is that if they are having musculoskeletal pain, their Obstetrician or Midwife generally has very limited options for conventional medical treatment. They are less likely to prescribe medication, which presents an amazing opportunity for us as chiropractors. What initially began as a strange combination …

Dr. Lisa Goodman

DC, CCSP, CACCP, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Pediatric Certified, Prenatal Certified

The Appendix may be more important than we thought.

To be or not to be? When it comes to the appendix, that seems to be the question. The appendix has been called a vestigial organ, but that interpretation may be changing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appendix_(anatomy) We were taught in school that the appendix seemed to have no apparent purpose and should absolutely be removed if inflamed. This still seems to be the …

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Part 2: Understanding The Impact of Power on Photobiomodulation (PBM)

In Part 1 of this laser forum, we discussed the basic terms related to the physics of laser therapy. Here we will cover the significant role irradiance (power density) and dosage (energy density) plays in 3 concepts pertinent to photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy. Higher irradiance allows more photons to be applied at depth for a given wavelength. Please refer to the image below …

Mark Callanen

Mark Callanen

PT, DPT, OCS

STOP Treating Medicare Patients If…

The Patient Got My Insurance Check. Now What? It hurts when an insurance company doesn’t pay your bills. It hurts even more when a patient “suddenly disappears” because they got the insurance check and kept your money. Get proactive to ensure you get paid what you deserve. On the initial visit, make sure the patient is made aware that insurance …