Welcome Brenda Myers who Joins Physiopedia as a Trustee

Brenda Myers joins the Physiopedia Team

Physiopedia is excited to announce that Brenda Myers has joined the team as a Trustee.

The legacy Brenda Myers left behind her at the WCPT will never be forgotten. In the words of Emma Stokes, the organisation which she paid a huge commitment to is in a stronger, more secure position to face the future.  During her time as Secretary General for a unprecedented 21 years, WCPT membership grew from 67 to 111 organisations. Furthermore, congresses have become expanded and the Confederation has achieved greater international visibility. Brenda really has been a pioneer of the profession.

Brenda’s leadership, expertise and knowledge in and of the global physiotherapy profession will be invaluable as trustee of Physiopedia. With her guidance we will become a stronger organisation and hopefully we can offer her a new and exciting opportunity.

“Having watched Physiopedia grow over the past 8 years and seen the contribution it makes to the international physical therapy profession, I am looking forward to working with Physiopedia more directly  as a Board member.  I believe that Physiopedia is respected and valued by the profession and I am pleased to be able to support its initiatives to provide universal access to physiotherapy  knowledge.” – Brenda Myers

If you’re interested in learning more about Brenda then please take time to connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Reasons You Should Be Using G Suite for EMR

With some of the more popular web based EMR solutions increasing their monthly fees by 50% or more, smaller business and start up practices should consider using Google’s G Suite for their EMR and office needs. Over the past two years, Aaron LeBauer of lebauerconsulting.com, my go to expert on #CashPT and I have successfully taught hundreds of businesses how to use G Suite for EMR
Over time, needs change, and questions arise. Can I use G Suite for more than just evaluations and progress notes? What about outcomes questionnaires and intake forms? As these questions came up, I came up with solutions. Here are 5 Reasons You Should Be Using G Suite for EMR and your office needs.
1) It’s Secure
  • it’s Google! All of your data is stored in the cloud and can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection, more than 3 million businesses trust their data with G Suite
  • easy to enable 2 factor authentication also ensures your patient’s information and other business data is safe

2) It’s Compliant

  • It’s HIPAA compliant
  • we show you how to enter a BAA, Business Associate Agreement with Google to ensure HIPAA compliance

3) It’s Inexpensive

  • for one user, a monthly G Suite subscription costs $5-$10 dollars… that’s it!
  • this includes full use of all office subscriptions, docs, drive storage, sheets, forms and more!

4) It’s Flexible

  • With G Suite for Inexpensive EMR, we go over how to use Google Forms to make
    • an online intake form (check mine out here)
    • an online version of the SFMA
    • outcomes questionnaires
    • eval and follow up note templates
    • schedule your patient visits online
  • Use Google Sites to
    • update your clinical website with an easy to use editor – all sites are fast, and fully mobile responsive
    • make an online patient exercise resource

5) It’s Easy

  • the most important point of all, if you can use docs, and follow simple step by step how to videos you can learn how to implement G Suite for EMR and many of your office needs
  • can’t figure out one of the steps, or have a specific request/need? Reach out to us and we get online and show you how to do it!
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Welcome Alicia to the Team!

Dr. Alicia White graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2004 with a degree in athletic training and pre physical therapy. She continued her studies at the University of Miami where she earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007.

Alicia worked at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas for ten years where she treated high-level patients with amputations in the military and civilian sectors. Additionally, she taught the running course for all patients with amputations that had a desire to run while being treated at the center. She has served as an expert witness in several cases concerning the functional expectations for patients with amputations. In addition, she has taught Prosthetic Rehabilitation at the US Army Baylor Physical Therapy Program and Adaptive Sports at Texas State University.

Alicia offers an online course in prosthetic rehabilitation with CEU options. Dr. White continues her passion for teaching running as the South Texas Paralympic Track Coach and within her own practice, Evolve Prosthetic Rehabilitation. She also treats pediatric patients with amputations at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Alicia will be blogging for PhysioSpot about her experience providing rehabilitation services to individuals with limb loss.  She will elaborate on prosthetic rehabilitation techniques, available prosthetic devices, becoming an integral part of the prosthetic rehabilitation team, and the future of physical therapy in the world of limb loss.  Follow her at, her website evolveprostheticrehab , on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Everyone Loves a Buffet – Cervicogenic Dizziness Style

This year, I am completing my first decade of work as a Physical Therapist—wow, can’t believe it.  I believe I am now considered an oldie…the dinosaur…in our field!

edit: Told the author (Dr. Harrison Vaughn) – that I have been out almost 20 years – what came before the dinosaurs 😜 – Dr. E – now back to the post

I hope all of my colleagues and readers are continuing to enjoy the profession. Like you all, I continue to have the challenges, failures, and tribulations with clinical practice.  Hopefully these get fewer and fewer between but still very normal even with experience—its the beauty of physiotherapy…of healthcare.   I continue to aim high and hopefully the defeat gets buried away, hidden underneath the hours you spend beating on your craft.  Continue to pursue greatness to propel yourself and our field.  Always remember, have fun as we are very fortunate to change lives everyday.
Over the years, the pursuit of additional training and knowledge has led me down many paths.  As you all are aware if reading this blog over the past year, professionally, I have taken the challenge of being part of a continuing education company,; specifically, teaching the Differential diagnosis & the Manual and Therapeutic Exercise Management of Cervicogenic Dizziness.
The beauty of this condition is that it is a very specific diagnosis—one of which is still controversial, yet, responds very well to multiple treatment approaches throughout the literature.  Unlike treatment approaches in other fields of medicine, you would think that a specific diagnosis would lead to a specifictreatment.  But, just as gray as PT can be, this just isn’t true.  Cervicogenic Dizziness can improve with a taste of ALL we have to offer.  Hell, we can just talk to them and give some general exercises and they improve…but can we do more?  Can we achieve better results?!
This is what the Physio Blend is all about.  It is my specific approach incorporating a taste of ALL we can offer that is achievable no matter your skill level and previous training; including signature soft tissue spots, upper cervical spine joint work, vestibular, pain-relieving and sensorimotor exercises—all packaged together smoothly to maximize results.
It is really our whole package of what we do as a profession.  Its the whole buffet.
If you want to treat concussion, treat whiplash, treat BPPV or even the elderly with balance disturbances, AND be evidence-based in 2018, this is where it’s at.  Feel more confident in your differential diagnosis and be more confident in attacking the upper neck as your resolution this year. You may push and prod on the upper neck and make change, but always know, the desserts are at the end of the buffet.  You can always learn more to find the sweet spot. You may be missing other applicable manual therapies, other applicable exercises, and other applicable confidence to give the entire experience that your patients deserve.
The original blog post can be found on In Touch PT Blog here. 
You can learn more about the screening and treatment process of Cervicogenic Dizzinesss through Integrative Clinical Concepts, where the authors (husband–a manual therapist a wife—a vestibular specialist), teach a very unique course combining both the theory and practice of vestibular and manual principles in their 2-day course.  Pertinent to this blog post, the 2nd day includes the “Physio Blend”, a multi-faceted physiotherapist approach to the management of Cervicogenic Dizziness, which includes treatments of the articular and non-articular system of manual therapy and the most updated sensorimotor exercise regimen.
If you would like to host a course for your staff (either a vestibular, neuro, sports or ortho clinic), please do not hesitate to contact me at harrisonvaughanpt@gmail.com for prices and discounts.
Authors
Harrison N. Vaughan, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. Osteopracic, FAAOMPT    
Instructor: Cervicogenic Dizziness for Integrative Clinical Concepts
Danielle N. Vaughan, PT, DPT, Vestibular Specialist  
Instructor: Cervicogenic Dizziness for Integrative Clinical Concepts

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UCL to launch Open Access Mega Journal

Lock and key

The yet unnamed journal will try and challenge the likes of Plos-One and Scientific Reports for the top of the open access tables.

The term megajournal is used for a peer reviewed open access journal which includes a diverse selection of topics. The low selectivity of topic choices is not to be confused with poor quality, it means that the topics covered are wide ranging but all have to meet high quality standards. It is estimated that the top 20 megajournals produce 4,000 articles a month, some 2.5% of the total scholarly articles published.

The monthly volume of published articles for (a) PLOS ONE (in red) and (b) PLOS ONE + all other extant megajournals (in blue), starting with the launch of PLOS ONE (Dec 2006)
The monthly volume of published articles for (a) PLOS ONE (in red) and (b) PLOS ONE + all other extant megajournals (in blue), starting with the launch of PLOS ONE (Dec 2006)

The use of megajournals or open access publications may not be the first place physiotherapists look for new research to influences their practice. However a search of [(everything:”physiotherapy”)] ] into Plos One yields some 1,163 results and after a quick scroll through most seem relevant to clinical practice. As Selena Horner suggested in a recent Physiospot post, perhaps their is a rising demand for open access in physiotherapy. With UCL offering courses in physiotherapy perhaps there may be a tendency for therapists to publish within this new offering.

But what is a  Mega Journal?

  • Covers a broad range of subjects
  • Accepts articles for publication based on their technical quality rather than perceived importance
  • Uses article processing charges or APCs to cover the cost of publishing

Is it too good to be true?

A number of academics around the world are moving towards using megajournals as a publishing option. This is because of they tend to have a quicker review and publication process as well as having a number of respected academic editors on the editorial board. For you or I, one of the major bonuses is the use of reusable graphics and data through Creative Commons licenses.

Plos One, which launched in 2007, is the prototypical megajournal and really has disrupted the academic landscape, and it will be interesting to see how UCL can continue to shift publications towards open access. An avenue UCL is exploring is the inclusion of an open access textbook platform, which is a challenge to the book industry. Many books are available to read now.

Read about UCL Press

As with all open access journals there are those predatory journals which try and take advantage of unwitting authors trying to take their first steps into the world of academia. Jeffrey Beall wrote piece about this issue in 2013 which highlights a few names to avoid. Sadly they are all still running.

Regardless of name or ‘brand’ megajournals tend to grow month on month and it will be interesting to see if a name like UCL can grow even faster and catch up with the likes of Plos One in the next few years.

The megajournal is currently unnamed, what would you call it?

Prevalence of Pelvic Incontinence in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis.

anatomy of human respiratory system in x-ray.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are at risk for developing pelvic (urinary and/or fecal) incontinence due to progressive weakness of pelvic floor muscles secondary to recurrent episodes of coughing and respiratory infections. Many patients do not bring these symptoms to the attention of their health care providers because of social embarrassment and lack of knowledge of available effective treatment. Several studies have identified the prevalence of incontinence in CF adults and adolescents. However, few studies identified the problem in children with CF.

This study aims are to identify the prevalence of pelvic incontinence in CF patients aged 6 to 21 years, to identify the correlation between incontinence and severity of lung disease, and to help develop treatment strategy in collaboration with physical therapy to address these issues.

Untold Physio Stories S8:E9 – No Hablo Espanol

Our first physical therapist student story on the podcast! Listen in to a treatment story, that based on almost everything Erson teaches, shouldn’t have worked, but does!
Untold Physio Stories is sponsored by the EDGE Mobility System, featuring the EDGE Mobility Tool for IASTM, EDGE Mobility Bands, webinars, ebooks, Pain Science Education products and more! Check it out at edgemobilitysystem.com .  Be sure to also connect with Dr. Erson Religioso at Modern Manual Therapy and Jason Shane at Shane Physiotherapy.

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