The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard recently from friends and family about their experience while receiving physical therapy. The usual routine is that I ask them about what a typical visit looked like (just to make sure they’re getting proper care). It usually includes the typical standard procedures of an in-network busy PT clinic and I usually shake my head in disgust…but even more shocking is that they assumed that it was the norm! So let me go on my little soapbox and try to educate the general public about some signs that separates the run-of-the-mill PT from the advanced PT Signs that you’re NOT going to the right physical therapist -Electrical Stimulation: The clinical benefit of Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) remains controversial. Numerous research studies have shown poor evidence for implementation of TENS as a pain modulator as it is temporary and short-lived. Plus, it takes away from valuable time that the physical therapist could be spending on you! -Ultrasound: Although ultrasound may have been a “Greatest Hit” back in the 90’s, it has fallen from the charts. Taking a closer look, there is a scary and shocking lack of current research that shows any benefit from this modality. If you want to know more, click here