That word probably stirs up some thoughts to the forefront of your mind. You might think of the adventure of Christopher Columbus on his mission to find a faster route to the East Indies but discovered a totally new land. You might think of Harriet Tubman and her passion and dedication to the mission of transporting slaves to freedom via the underground railroad. You might think of the incredible bravery and heroism of the young men who stormed the fortified beaches of Normandy in WWII during that daunting mission to gain a foothold in Europe and end Hitler's regime. You might think of the incredible ingenuity and scientific advancement of the NASA program in their mission to land humans on our moon. You might think of the Christ's mission to humbly leave the throne of heaven in order to reconcile sinful people unto himself through his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. You could go on and on about different "missions" both personal or organizational.
So what do you think of when you hear the word "mission"? I think of purpose and action. In all of those examples above the common denominator is an objective, a plan, and then the execution of that plan. That is the essence of a mission. PTs on Mission is no different. I believe the mission related to physical therapists is threefold. These are the driving forces behind this platform.
We are on a mission to improve the health and quality of life of our patients and communities. We are movement experts and educators with a passion to help improve the lives of those around us and decrease pain problems in those lives. We also work to prevent injury and functional decline in the lives of those in our social sphere. This applies to the patients that we see in our clinics but it also applies to the communities in which we live. This blog aims to provide information and resources that you can share to the general public in your area and with your patients in your clinic.
We are on a mission to improve our knowledge and skills to provide the highest quality of care. We can't really accomplish the first mission unless we are gaining knowledge and honing our skills. So we have to be ever improving our thought processes and using the best, most validated treatment approaches to ensure a high level of care. This blog will do it's best to include interesting and clinically important information that can help you in your practice.
We are on a mission to use our skill set to bring the lost to Christ for the glory of God. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Chances are that if you are reading this, you are too, for which I am thankful. But if not, that is OK. I hope and pray that through this you might come to know God and see a higher purpose in your work and your life. But by my very nature as a Christ-follower I believe God's mission is my mission and God's mission is your mission. We are to use the knowledge and skill he has given us to that end. This blog will aim to encourage you and equip you to live out your faith at work and around the world.
The road map to our journey is beginning to unfold and I hope you are excited. Let's be physical therapists on Mission!
Journal Club is the first of a repeating segment to help us on the mission of improving your skill set. The idea for this segment came out of the actual journal club meetings that my colleagues and I participate in at our institution as part of our orthopedic residency program. We enjoy the casual, evidenced based discussion over lunch. It's great camaraderie and it has sharpened us as therapists. I will work to include not only orthopedic information in Journal Club but also other pertinent articles related to other physical therapy fields as well.
Today's topic for Journal Club is a common issue among athletes, weekend warriors, exercise addicts, and the general public. The hamstring injury. I'm sure we have all pulled a hammy and we know that they are not fun. We also know that they can be really tricky to rehab.
Our journal club recently discussed three different articles concerning the etiology of hamstring injuries as well as some new evidence in how to best manage hamstring injuries. There is a wealth of information in these articles from the best exercises to use to information on how to best classify the hamstring injury based on the examination. I would really encourage you to peruse through these articles.
Hamstring Injury Overview Rehab Protocol Comparison Rehab vs. Plasma Injection
One of the most fascinating finds to me was the significant difference in treatment in utilizing lengthening exercises or more eccentric load exercises compared to what the British Journal of Sports Medicine described as conventional exercises. Patients in the lengthening category were able to return to sport on a mean of 28 days sooner than the conventional group! In addition, those lengthening exercises were better than injections. Cool stuff.
It is this kind of fascinating and important information we can use to synthesize a treatment plan and put the new information into practice in order to improve our patient's return to function. So take this information into practice with this week!