Big data. These are some of the buzz words being used in the tech world currently and due to their association with the tech world, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a long way away from the running of your clinic or gym.
But already in clinics everywhere, there is data ‘floating around’ from the way you advertise and market your services, through the reception area to your clinical rooms and gym areas. Three questions then, (i) are you really capturing this data? (or at least as well as you could be capturing it); (ii) how are you capturing this data?; and (iii) are you doing anything meaningful with the data once you have it?
The serratus anterior muscle is an important upward rotator of the scapular. Often, however, it is a rather neglected muscle in shoulder rehabilitation programs, with many practitioners focusing on the other important scapular upward rotator being the trapezius, and specifically the lower trapezius.
This week’s blog has a focus on the modernisation of physiotherapy clinics. However, the principles discussed here can be extrapolated to other Allied Health Professions and their clinics too.
The number of Physiotherapists graduating from universities is increasing. In the past 10-15 years alone, the number of universities offering Bachelor or Masters have increased. What this means is more and more graduates moving into the Physiotherapy profession and with a limited number of hospital positions available, and a general increase in Physiotherapists going into private practice for themselves or someone else, this results in an increasing number of physiotherapy clinics popping up ‘on every corner’.
If you work in a clinic in a big city, then neck pain is probably one of the most common condition you manage. In office workers, neck problems are quite likely due to a poor workplace and postural habits, stress and long hours, combined with physical deconditioning due to inactivity. Addressing these issues is key to getting these patients better and below we highlight some key points in successfully managing neck pain.
As clinicians we often see patients with degenerative joints. Part of our advice is to keep active and keep those joints moving. However sometimes we don’t always fully understand the rationale for the advice we give. This blog is all about articular cartilage and why we should continue to encourage patients to ‘keep on moving’.
If you read a meta-analysis or systematic review on exercise therapy for low back pain you would be led to believe that prescribing exercises for your chronic low back pain patients will have only a small positive effect. However, as competent therapists would attest, it just simply isn’t true. Why is it that these reviews continually demonstrate that exercise therapy provides only limited benefit for low back pain sufferers? Here are the reasons…