July 2, 2020
Learn how physical therapy can play a role in addressing the alarming lack of activity among Americans of all ages and abilities, even you.
June 18, 2020
A recent New England Jounal of Medicine study found that people with knee OA had less pain and more mobility after receiving physical therapy than people who got up to three cortisone shots during the same period. Their research also supports a series of other evidence pointing to the benefit of physical therapy for knee OA.
June 4, 2020
Two physical therapists thrust into a vital, but harrowing role in the early epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic share stories about their patients and advice based on their expertise and experiences.
May 21, 2020
Physical therapist Steve Morris, immediate past president of APTA’s American Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy discusses the role of physical activity in cancer prevention and in the improvement of quality of life for cancer survivors.
April 30, 2020
People recovering from the most severe effects of the novel coronavirus, may have a long road ahead, physical therapists are already playing an essential role in their care. And physical therapy will continue to be needed by many long after they leave the hospital.
April 16, 2020
Did you know that a baby can have a stroke before it’s born? Emma Fitzsimmons didn’t, until her son was about four months old. Emma shares her story and physical therapist Patricia Torres provides a clinical point of view and why it’s never too early to start physical therapy.
April 2, 2020
COVID-19 has dramatically increased the interest in telehealth services. Listen in as U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lead PT Christi Crawford discusses the benefits of telehealth for veterans, their caregivers, and health care providers.
March 19, 2020
Howard Wolinsky, 72-year old medical columnist, had serious neck pain but his doctor would not give him a referral for physical therapy. He settled at first, then eventually advocated for himself to finally get a referral to see a physical therapist who helped him a lot.
March 5, 2020
Anjana Bhat, PT, discusses her research and experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and answers these questions: What helps to develop social and cognitive abilities and why do kids with autism tend to smile and engage more when they take part in creative movement activities like dancing with music and yoga?
February 20, 2020
Due to an active lifestyle and a lot of bad luck, Lauren Ziaks, PT has had nine concussions. After a series of wrong turns and missed connections during her own recovery, Lauren now helps those who experience concussions. Her goals are to close the education gap about concussion and how to treat it. The other is to help prevent anyone who has had a concussion from experiencing long-term deficits.
February 6, 2020
The Morelands knew before their son Brody was born that he would face significant challenges from spina bifida. Thanks to their son’s spirit, their pediatric physical therapist, and their “frog,” a mobility device created by Brody’s dad, Brody’s abilities and his future are looking bright.
January 16, 2020
Can a mom increase the chance that her child could have improved movement skills and grow up to be physically active if she is physically active during pregnancy? A pediatric physical therapist shares astonishing results of a study conducted on this topic.
January 2, 2020
A physically active young woman with a common overuse injury among runners and a tear in the cartilage in her hip turns to physical therapy after years of trying everything to get better.
December 5, 2019
Val Chmerkovskiy and physical therapist Gina Minchella share Dancing with the Stars show insights, including how those in front of the cameras and behind the scenes reduce the risk of injury and treat the aches and pains that come from highly competitive dancing.
November 7, 2019
Alyssa Gialamas may have seemed unlikely to become a world-class athlete when born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis that causes affected joints to be rigid. Listen as she shares her story of empowerment, the impacts of physical therapy and her mother’s support, and what every person with a disability should know.
October 17, 2019
Ryan Hodgkinson was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 11. After nearly 50 surgeries, chronic pain, an opioid addiction, and depression his sister and PT intervened. Their story will inspire anyone with chronic pain, and especially those who have or suspect they have, Crohn’s of whatever severity.
October 3, 2019
October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month. It is also National Physical Therapy Month. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we talk with Joe Farrell, PT, DPT, a physical therapist and survivor of sudden cardiac arrest, to learn what every person should know.
September 25, 2019
A relatively minor car accident left Jen Bambrough with chronic pain at the age of 19. After seeking help from multiple doctors and a series of misdiagnoses, she discovered that physical therapy was a key component to managing her pain.
September 12, 2019
On September 11, Justin Minyard was injured while trying to save a woman from the rubble of the Pentagon. Multiple deployments followed, leading to more injuries and pain. Listen as Minyard shares his journey that led to opioid dependency and how he regained control of his life with a balanced approach to pain management, including physical therapy.
August 15, 2019
Virtual reality, (VR), in physical therapy is a reality. Some physical therapists are using it to address pain and other issues. Sujay Galen, PT, PhD, a PT who’s also a bioengineer, talks about the current realities and future promise of VR as a valuable tool in patient care.
July 30, 2019
Physical therapist Jennifer Nash shares the reasons why, if you thought that people with advancing dementia are poor candidates to benefit from physical therapy, you’d better think again.
July 25, 2019
Physical therapist Traci Norris discusses the key benefits of acute care physical therapy and shares why she urges people in acute health situations to make sure that a physical therapist is part of the treatment plan.
July 11, 2019
Chris Neville, PT, PhD, discusses what the latest science reveals about the state of foot and ankle health, the importance of choosing proper footwear, and what you can be doing right now to ensure your feet and ankles are strong, healthy, and equipped to continue moving you through life.
June 20, 2019
Would patients with advanced cancer benefit from therapy to help maintain function and quality of life? Listen in as a Mayo Clinic rehabilitation physician and renowned researcher discusses the results of her study, which examined if telerehabilitation—in the form of telephone contact with a physical therapist who had extensive experience in cancer rehabilitation—would improve patients’ function and quality of life.
June 6, 2019
Basketball is the sport of first choice of millions of youth. In this episode, PT sports specialist Amy Atmoree, discusses the most common injuries, why they happen and addresses simple steps that all athletes should take to best ensure staying at the top of their game and considerations to make for return-to-play from injuries.
May 16, 2019
Pelvic floor issues can be physically and emotionally painful—embarrassing. Add the transgender experience to the mix, and the potential for harassment and exclusion—and insensitivity by the medical establishment—is multiplied. PT Hannah Schoonover discusses the hallmarks of patient-centered care she provides to people who are transgender, and shares her own learning curve.
May 2, 2019
What is pain and what are the most effective and least harmful ways for health care professionals to address it? Cardiologist Haider Warraich, sheds light on what modern society could learn from the ancient Greeks’ conception of pain and suffering, what are the keys to decreasing opioid use, and why exercise and physical therapy must be cornerstones of that effort.
April 10, 2019
Older adults commonly struggle with diminishing ability to generate force and movement at a higher velocity—particularly in their legs. Physical therapist James Eng discusses how older adults can benefit from something called high-velocity training.
April 4, 2019
Physical therapist Christine Mansfield talks about pelvic pain in adolescent girls in general, and endometriosis. She discusses causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and the best ways to ensure optimal pelvic health in this specific population.
March 21, 2019
Colleen Rapp blazed a trail as a woman in the physically demanding job of press operator at the Denver Post. Living healthfully meant simply punching the clock and doing her job the best way she knew how. When chronic pain necessitated shoulder surgery, followed by physical therapy, it transformed her life.
March 7, 2019
Physical therapist Jena Gatses became the first full-time female PT and strength coach in NASCAR—and in professional motocross, as well, with Gibb’s team on that circuit. Listen as Jena shares her experiences.
February 21, 2019
Marka Rodgers envisioned spending her life in the world of dance, particularly after being admitted to study with the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre at a relatively young age. After not 1 but 2 devastating spinal cord injuries, Marka not only continues to dance, with the assistance of a wheelchair, a service dog, and some primo leg braces, but also teach dance. Listen as she shares her fascinating life story and the powerful lessons of determination, ingenuity, self-advocacy, and positive thinking.
February 7, 2019
There are headaches and then there are HEADACHES. Listen as physical therapist Denise Schneider discusses the more serious types of headaches—what causes them, the red flags that indicate their seriousness, how physical therapy can help, and the primary elements and possible duration of treatment.
January 24, 2019
Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. Listen as one young woman, Christina Iverson shares her story of trials, triumph, and, above all, hope for children who share her condition—and for parents and family members seeking to do all they can to ensure that those with juvenile arthritis nevertheless experience life to its fullest.
January 10, 2019
Physical therapist Kelly Roseberry, tells us about the Travis Mills Foundation, a special retreat for war-wounded veterans, the man who started it, and all that it represents to the wounded warriors. She also discusses what brought her to the organization, how the retreat works, and why its emphasis on family is so vitally important.
December 6, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Laird Hamilton, self-acknowledged adrenaline junkie, discusses his life and career in all its figurative and literal ups and downs, as well as his personal philosophy, and what he wants listeners to know and understand about movement and how best to maintain an active lifestyle.
November 8, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist and researcher Mark Bishop discusses the basics of sciatica. An expert on the condition, he also addresses how physical therapists treat the condition.
October 25, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Jen Bambrough discusses how a car accident 19 years ago that led to chronic pain that she still lives with and how she navigated through the health care system to find physical therapy for her treatment and her career.
October 4, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, PT Gwen Simons shares her personal story, and one of the physical therapists who advised her along the way, Marisa Perdomo.
September 20, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, PT Elizabeth Hile discusses matters ranging from the reasons for increased falls susceptibility in cancer survivors, red flags to heed, and ways in which physical therapy can help and the types of community resources that can help.
September 6, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapists discuss their work with addiction treatment centers to help medically stabilized patients learn more about pain and learn how to use physical therapy to manage it.
August 15, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, PT Carrie Pagliano, discusses why women should be sure to check in with a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy.
August 2, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist and neuroscientist Joyce Gomes-Osman discusses her latest research about overall physical activity on brain health. She and her research associates have concluded that when it comes to brain health, the overall and cumulative effect of physical activity is what’s most important.
July 19, 2018
In this episode of MoveForward Radio: Former NBA Start Chapman talks about his addiction to OxyContin and Vicodin after an emergency appendectomy. Things escalated to the point that he was taking approximately 10 OxyContin and 40 Vicodin a day, and his health and his life spiraled out of control. After several stints in rehab, Chapman says he’s been opioid-free since 2014.
July 3, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dani Burt, PT, DPT,  shares her how she not only survived a devastating motorcycle accident that left her in a coma with her right leg amputated below the knee, but thrived in her new circumstances.  How she went from being the recipient of rehabilitative services to becoming a PT herself and not only resumed her her active lifestyle, but to took up surfing to become the World Adaptive Surfing Champion.
June 20, 2018
What is a combat athlete and what does it take to be one? In today’s episode of Move Forward Radio, former amateur and professional combat athlete and current instructor Kirstin Schmidt discusses the injuries endured during her career, and how physical therapy kept her fighting, and how it became one of her tools to staying healthy. Together she and her physical therapist Jessica Probst, who participates in combat sports and treats combat athletes discuss combat sports, describe the joys and dangers of participation.
June 7, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Joanna Lohman reflects on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of her rigorous ACL recovery. Additionally, former professional soccer player Jordan Angeli shares her own ACL injury experiences, which inspired her to create the ACL Club, a support community for athletes going through ACL injury recovery.
May 15, 2018
A simple act of diving into a pool changed the life of Elizabeth Forst forever. In this episode of Move Forward Radio Forst discusses the transition of living an independent and active life of helping others, to becoming reliant on others for everything. She also shares how her distinctive knowledge and experience of treating patients has made her journey unique. One thing is for certain, as she embarks on her new life, she is determined to continue to lead an active and dynamic life, regardless of her abilities.
May 1, 2018
May 3, 2018: Even if you’ve never practiced tai chi, you’ve undoubtedly heard about it, and quite possibly you’ve seen people doing it—perhaps in a group or individually at a public park. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Kristi Hallisy discusses how she incorporates tai chi into her clinical practice, and how its vast benefits help not only her patients, but herself as well.
April 18, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Jenn Davia discusses bowel health, matters that most of us might like to keep behind closed doors, including breaking bad habits, why proper positioning is important, and tips to achieve good bowel health. (April 19, 2018)
April 4, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Neeraj Baheti discusses the increased rate of pediatric ACL tears and who is more predisposed to these injuries and what they can expect for a recovery. (April 5, 2018)
March 20, 2018
Move Forward Radio: In the episode of Move Forward Radio, Laura Hsiung and physical therapist John Jowers discuss her medical mystery, how they achieved a diagnosis, and how the condition affects Laura today. (March 2018)
March 8, 2018
In this episode of MoveForward Radio, physical therapist Ryan Balmes addresses injury recovery and its effects on muscle mass, and what is needed to return to full recovery.  (March 2018)
February 21, 2018
On February 5, 2018, APTA convened a panel of 7 experts to discuss how pain management in America can be transformed to move beyond opioids and improve the health of society.
February 8, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Rohini Chandrashekar discusses the mechanics of respiration, the causes and effects of breathing dysfunction, how breathing can affect movement and pain perception, and how physical therapists can help people breathe easier. (February 8, 2018)
January 24, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Kate Hamilton discusses the safe, supportive, and fun environment that she has created for adolescent girls only, and the spectrum of services they provide range from individual and group strength and conditioning to performance enhancement, injury prevention, and physical therapy. (January 25, 2017)
January 11, 2018
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist and avid surfer Mark Kozuki discusses the physical demands and challenges of surfing, how it’s different for recreational versus professional surfers, and what things surfers of any ability level should keep in mind in order to minimize injury risk and maximize performance. (January 11, 2018)
December 6, 2017
In this episode current NBA analyst and Basketball great Grant Hill reflects on his experiences managing pain, shares his thoughts on America’s opioid epidemic, and says what he would have done differently, knowing what he knows now. (December 2017)
November 15, 2017
In this November 16, 2017 of MoveForward Radio: Michelle Griffith started experiencing intense abdominal pain. Over the course of 4½ years, Michelle saw 43 doctors and specialists. No one and no treatments were able to help. By April 2017 she was so severely debilitated that she felt she was on her deathbed.
October 25, 2017
Physical therapist Karen Joubert treats patients of all ages and fitness and ability levels; with an office in Beverly Hills, her clientele also happens to include famous entertainers and big name athletes. (October 2017)
October 12, 2017
In this episode, a team of health care professionals share their insights about NAS and discuss signs and symptoms, treatment in the hospital. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome occurs when an infant is born having been exposed to opiates through his or her mother, and experiences withdrawal after birth. (October 2017)
September 29, 2017
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) sounds scary but is a pretty common post-pregnancy condition. In this episode of Move Forward Radio we discuss how this DRA or the dreaded “Mummy Tummy” can be treated with physical therapy.  (September 2017)
September 14, 2017
September 14, 2017: In this episode physical therapist Brandi Dorton and occupational therapist Misty Wilson discuss the variety of tools and interventions they use to effectively treat individuals with Amplified pain syndromes (APS)  and how they help them improve and reclaim their lives.
August 23, 2017
Many people want to be healthy. Unfortunately, wanting to be healthy doesn’t always lead to being healthy. And being healthy takes a lot more than just wanting it. (Move Forward Radio: August 24, 2017)
August 9, 2017
Victoria Graham attempts to go through each day with the positivity of a beauty pageant champion, which makes sense because she is one. But hidden behind that smile and positive attitude is almost constant pain. Victoria has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, which affects her body’s connective tissues, causing dangerously flexible joints and fragile skin.
July 27, 2017
The terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon claimed the lives of three people, but it changed the lives of many. One of them was Adrianne Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer who was a marathon spectator that day when she lost her left leg below the knee in the second of two bomb blasts.
July 12, 2017
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Mike Ryan, PT, ATC, describes the allure of these increasingly popular physical challenges and how to successfully prepare for them—whether you typically spend your weekend in the gym or on the couch.
June 29, 2017
June 29, 2017: The pain that Annie Karp felt in her hip wasn’t intense, but it was unrelenting. For months she met with numerous health care providers in an attempt to resolve the issue. And for months she had no success, until a physical therapist asked her a fairly simple question: “Are you a dancer?”
June 15, 2017
June 15, 2017: The fatigue felt by people with cancer is so common that it has a name. Cancer-related fatigue isn’t unique to 1 type of cancer or cancer treatment, and it can occur even after treatment is complete.  When cancer-related fatigue strikes, it’s often extremely debilitating, significantly impacting quality of life, and creating a level of fatigue that rest alone cannot address. Although it might seem counterintuitive, one of the most effective ways to manage cancer-related fatigue is through exercise. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist explains why.  Learn more about how exercise helps during cancer treatment on Download the podcast on iTunes.
May 31, 2017
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes joint inflammation and pain. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is the result of wear and tear on a specific joint, the effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be felt across a person’s entire body. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Maura Daly-Iversen discusses what we know about rheumatoid arthritis, which affects approximately 1% of Americans, and how to effectively manage its effects.
May 9, 2017
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects somewhere between 27 million and 30 million Americans. It’s a chronic condition that can cause pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis can make movement difficult, and yet one of the best ways to manage osteoarthritis is to move. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we’ll talk about hip and knee osteoarthritis with physical therapist Mary Ann Wilmarth, who doesn’t just treat people with the condition, but lives with it too.
April 26, 2017
These days, whenever ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell meets an elite athlete who has undergone surgery to perform core muscle repair, she has a good idea about who might have performed the procedure. Dr William Meyers has been at the forefront of core muscle injury treatment dating back to the late 1980s, when he pioneered efforts to diagnose and treat this problem that somehow gained popular awareness under a different and misleading name: sports hernia. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dr Meyers and Stephania provide a fascinating overview of this still sometimes hard to diagnose problem that can hinder an athlete’s power and explosiveness.
April 13, 2017
As the lead team physician for the Washington Nationals and the head team physician for the Washington Redskins, Dr. Robin West, chairman of Inova Sports Medicine, knows what good teamwork looks like – and not just on the field of play. To make sure that Nationals and Redskins players return from injury and avoid it in the first place, she constantly collaborates with other members of the health care team, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, surgeons, and more. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dr West describes her own experiences with collaborative care, both as a provider and as a patient. She also gives tips for how patients should navigate their journey through health care’s increasingly collaborative environment.
March 23, 2017
Public understanding of concussion risks has improved significantly in recent years, due in large part to increased media attention about head injuries in football. And while many Americans now know to take concussion symptoms seriously, most probably don’t know what to expect when it comes to concussion treatment and management. Treating concussions today is typically a collaborative effort, involving professionals from across health care settings. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Jessica Schwartz—who has also been on the patient side of the concussion experience—shares what you need to know about concussions today, and how treatment is evolving.
March 17, 2017
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 10,000 babies born in the United States will develop cerebral palsy. CP is incurable and permanent, but it isn’t life threatening or progressive. It is incredibly unique to each individual. Some may be able to walk, while others cannot. Some have significant intellectual disabilities, and others are not affected in the same way. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Brittney Clouse, who writes about her experiences for Cerebral Palsy News Today, describes how she has lived with CP, and how it does not define her.
February 22, 2017
It’s not often that physical therapists are mentioned in the same sentence as paratroopers, stunt professionals, and martial arts instructors, but that’s what happened in a January 2017 article from the New York Times titled “The Right Way to Fall.” According to the article, falls cause more than one-third of injury-related emergency room visits, and while avoiding falls in the first place is ideal, falling safely when gravity strikes is second best. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Erik Moen, who was interviewed for the New York Times article, discusses what falling safely means, what it entails, and provides tips to help people fall safely.
February 8, 2017
A recent New York Times article “How to Run Like a Girl,” explored the differences between women and men who run. One of the experts featured in the story is physical therapist Blaise Williams, PT, PhD, who studies running mechanics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Running mechanics is a new area of research. Much is still unknown, but this much is clear: women and men do tend to run differently. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Williams discusses how women and men run differently, and what’s in the future for running science.
January 25, 2017
When Elizabeth first walked into the Mayo Clinic’s Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center and saw someone faint right in front of her, she knew that she was in the right place. At this point Elizabeth had been struggling with chronic pain and a condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, for several years. Her symptoms included migraine headaches, vision and hearing problems, and fainting also became a daily occurrence for her. Her symptoms were so severe, they forced Elizabeth out of school, into bed, and out from the activities that she loved. Her friendships dissolved, and she struggled to find effective treatments for her numerous ailments. That’s when she found the 1-month treatment program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her intensive care included daily physical therapy treatments and significant patient education. Gradually, she became stronger and stronger and in less pain. Her recovery was so significant and profound, Elizabeth is now a sophomore in college studying to become a physical therapist.
January 12, 2017
January 12, 2017: In 1993, Clay Walker’s music career was taking off with his debut, “What’s It To You,” at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. He followed it up the next year with his single “Live Until I Die.” But in 1996, his future seemed to darken when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide, but the symptoms are unpredictable and vary from person-to-person, and over time. Clay was told to expect to be in a wheelchair in 4 years, and dead in 8 years.  In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Clay discusses what it was like to receive that prognosis and then to defy it, learning to manage his chronic disease in order to pursue his career and his other passions. It’s a daily journey he takes with faith, appropriate medication, and a commitment to his physical therapy program.  Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about multiple sclerosis at You can learn more about Clay Walker, information about his Band Against MS Foundation, as well as his upcoming tour dates at
December 19, 2016
December 19, 2016: What you might know about Gabrielle “Gabby” Reece is that she is a former professional beach volleyball player, a TV personality, a New York Times bestselling author, a model, and a fitness advocate.  She embodies what it means to live a full and active life.  What you might not know about Gabby is that she has an artificial knee.  In April 2016, after many years of living with the pain from an arthritic knee, Gabby underwent knee replacement surgery. Since then, Gabby has been on the road to recovery, with the goal of not only returning to her physically active lifestyle, but also improving it.  It’s a journey she’s making with the help of physical therapy and, except for during the period immediately following surgery, without the use of prescription opioids. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Gabby discusses her approach to staying in shape, the difference between discomfort and pain, her opioid-free approach to pain management, and her goals for the future.  Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about total knee replacement on
December 8, 2016
December 8, 2016: Charlie Plaskon spent most of his life thinking that recreational running was a foolish way to exercise. That’s why he didn’t actually try it until he retired at the age of 55. Quickly, his opinion began to change. Not quite 2 decades later, Charlie has completed more than 50 full 26.2 marathons and 8 full Ironman triathlons. And despite meniscal tears in both knees, multiple hernias, a rotator cuff tear, and a back injury that left him unable to walk, the now 73-year-old is determined to keep going. These are all impressive accomplishments considering his age, and that he is legally blind. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Charlie discusses how he turned to physical therapy to help him return to an active lifestyle, and shares his story about how his vision has never gotten in the way of accomplishing his goals. Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about Charlie’s transformative story. Read more about spinal stenosis.
November 22, 2016
November 22, 2016: When Morgan Hay broke her big toe, she assumed it was a small injury. Weeks later, however, her foot was still discolored and swollen, and the pain was so intense that she passed out. Morgan was referred to a neurologist, who prescribed numerous medications, including opioids, to mask the sensation of pain. The quick-fix approaches created more problems, and Morgan felt like she was living outside of her own body.  She was ultimately diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome and started working with a physical therapist, and regaining control of her pain.  In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Morgan shares her journey with extreme pain, and details how physical therapy is helping her along the way. Read more about Morgan's transformative story. Read more about complex regional pain disorder. Listen to Move Forward Radio or download the podcast on iTunes.
October 24, 2016
October 24, 2016: Broadway productions, such as the currently touring sensation Hamilton, provide audience members a memory that could last a lifetime. But for the cast and crew, that performance will be one of many in a packed schedule of rigorous routine. Beyond the music and lyrics, there is a lot of action in each show: dance numbers, costume changes, stage changes, and stunts. Behind any show like that, someone has to keep the human machinery moving. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we talk with the physical therapist caring for performers and stagehands for Hamilton’s touring show in Chicago.  She discusses what it’s like to care for these performers and keep them on stage. Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about physical therapy at
October 6, 2016
October 5, 2016: The American health care system is currently grappling with how to safely prescribe opioids, a group of drugs that can be key to the successful treatment of severe acute pain, but that can be dangerous, even deadly, when used long-term for the treatment of chronic pain. In an August 17 article for TIME Magazine, Dr Andre Machado, chairman of the Neurological Institute and the Charles and Christine Carroll Family Endowed of the Cleveland Clinic, compared prescription opioids to an airplane that is easy to get off the ground but difficult to land. That’s why the Cleveland Clinic is in the midst of a large pilot program for patients with chronic pain in which prescription of opioids will be considered, but not as the starting point. Instead, the program will rely more heavily on physical therapy and mental health therapy, both backed by evidence for the safe long-term management of pain. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dr Machado and Ian Stephens, a physical therapist participating in the pilot program, discuss not only how the health care system must adapt in response to America’s opioid epidemic, but also how the mentality of patients must change—shifting our focus from the elimination of pain to the improvement of function. APTA's #ChoosePT campaign is raising awareness about safe alternatives to opioids for long-term pain managemen
September 15, 2016
September 15, 2016: Margaret’s experience with pain started with an accident when she was stepped on by a horse. She didn’t suffer any broken bones, but the pain didn’t go away. It was thought that it was a bunion, so she had surgery. But the pain continued. Eventually, Margaret was diagnosed with complex regional pain disorder. She began extensive physical therapy to simply help her get over her fear of putting weight on her foot, and then to begin walking. Today, her therapy is ongoing, but her progress is significant.  In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Margaret shares her journey with extreme pain, and details how physical therapy is helping her along the way.  Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about complex regional pain disorder at
September 1, 2016
September 1, 2016: Joanne was enjoying her life as an art teacher when she started experiencing hip pain.  The pain increasingly intensified, making it hard to stand or walk. The pain ultimately forced her into retirement.  She began to accept the pain, and loss of mobility and quality of life as a normal side effect of aging. But when Joanne was set on a path, including hip replacement surgeries and physical therapy, she launched a personal mission to regain what pain had taken from her.  In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Joanne shares how her surgeries and physical therapy have helped her become more active and fit than ever. Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about total hip replacement on
August 23, 2016
August 23, 2016: The 2016 Olympic Games showcased a week's worth of track and field, the single sport, with its wide variety of events, may best exemplify the Olympic motto, "Citius, Altius, Forius" - "Faster, Higher, Stronger." How do elite athletes get faster, higher, and stronger? With a smart training program that seeks to maximize performance and minimize injury. That’s the kind of program that physical therapist Shannon Singletary oversees at Ole Miss, where he directs the Health and Sports Performance team that cares for all of the University of Mississippi’s varsity athletes. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Singletary provides valuable advice to youth athletes who want to excel in the various disciplines of track and field, or any sport. He also takes us behind the curtain at Ole Miss to describe their coordinated approach to athletic training and rehabilitation. Read more about physical therapy at
July 29, 2016
July 29, 2016: Erin Jackson's pelvic pain - a mysterious, stabbing pain that felt both internal and external, plagued her for over a decade. She endured it through college and law school, but it was alwasy there, preventing her from having an active life.  She saw multiple health care providers in multiple states.  She was prescribed multiple medication, none of which worked.  And it made her pain worse. After moving states to seek better health care treatment, Erin began working with a physical therapist who presented a new treatement approach for her pain - and things finally began to change.  In this episode of Move Forward Radio, she shares her journey with chronic pelvic pain, and how "physical therapy saved her life." Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about pelvic pain on
July 14, 2016
July 14, 2016: New staggering statistics illustrating the reach and toll of America’s opioid epidemic seem to be released almost daily. In 2012, health care providers wrote enough opioid prescriptions for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills. In 2015, roughly 1 in 3 Medicare beneficiaries were prescribed at least 1 opioid.  Approximately 60% of adults prescribed opioids have leftover pills, and that 1 in 5 of them reported sharing their medication with someone else. But adults aren’t the only ones who experience pain. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a pediatric physical therapist discusses pediatric pain management, including when opioids might be appropriate, and when alternatives like physical therapy are preferred. Using safe, proven, and effective physical therapy instead of dangerous prescription painkillers to treat pain is the crux of #ChoosePT, a national campaign launched by the American Physical Therapy Association, who is partnered with the White House to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.  Learn more about #ChoosePT at Download the podcast on iTunes.
June 30, 2016
June 30, 2016: For the past 15 years, Americans in pain have increasingly been prescribed opioids – painkillers that include Vicodin, OxyContin, methadone, and combination drugs like Percocet. These drugs can be effective over short periods and safe in low doses. But they come with risks, including depression, overdose, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms. The result is a national health crisis that involves not only prescription opioids but heroin, as well. There are safer ways to manage pain – among them, physical therapy, which was recommended in guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an alternative to opioids. The American Physical Therapy Association, which is partnering with the White House to address the opioid epidemic, has launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of opioids and the effectiveness of physical therapy. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a campaign spokesman discusses pain, opioids, physical therapy, and APTA's #ChoosePT campaign.  Learn more about #ChoosePT at Download the podcast on iTunes.
June 21, 2016
June 21, 2016: Helo Matzelle ignored the ringing in her ears until that sound was joined by voices in her head. What she hoped might be a small problem wasn’t: Helo had a brain tumor. Surgery to remove the tumor was successful, but it was not without complication. Helo experienced brain swelling, and at one point had to have her body packed in ice just to keep her alive. Once Helo stabilized, a second life-saving process began -- an effort to return Helo back to the woman she was before the tumor. With the help of her therapy team, Helo learned to sit up again, and then walk again, and slowly but surely she was able to regain her independence. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, she shares her experience of returning to her "old self." Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about David's transformative story at
May 26, 2016
May 26, 2016: If you want to improve your fitness, one great way is to swim. Swimming works muscles throughout the body without the pounding of land-based exercise. That’s why injured athletes often turn to the pool when they want to maintain their fitness and rehabilitate an injury at the same time. But that doesn’t mean that swimming is an injury-free activity, which is why competitive swimmers benefit from cross-training out of the pool. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist discusses his work with elite-level athletes and casual swimmers, and describes both the benefits of swimming and the related injury risks. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at
May 6, 2016
May 6, 2015: Playing sports as a kid likely used to mean there was a good chance you played several sports. Maybe soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track and field in the spring. However, today, many kids aren’t so diversified. At a fairly young age many kids now pick just 1 sport and stick with it almost all year long. The potential upside is obvious: more focused time increases a child’s experience, which can accelerate their progress. But there are potential downsides, too – some physical, some social, and some behavioral. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical discusses those risks. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at
April 21, 2016
April 21, 2016: When it comes to treating people with cancer, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The type and severity of cancer a person has will dictate the method and intensity of their treatment. But early research suggests that anyone with cancer will likely benefit from prehabilitation—a period of intervention between a cancer diagnosis and the traditional treatment. In today's episode, a physical therapist discusses what prehabilitation entails and how it benefits the patient.  Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about physical therapy at
April 7, 2016
April 7, 2015: In 2007, 20-year-old David was stationed in Iraq when a sniper shot him in the legs. With two bullet wounds and many eventual surgeries, David wondered if he would ever walk again. He was depressed and pessimistic about his recovery.  And he was scared at the thought of putting weight on his injured limbs. But that’s when David met some physical therapists who told him that his chance of recovery was good and made him believe again. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, David shares his story of recovering physically and mentally from his injuries, and what he is doing today to inspire others through their recovery.   Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about David's transformative story at
March 17, 2016
March 17, 2015: Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system that’s typically diagnosed when someone is between the ages of 20 and 40. An estimated 400,000 Americans have been diagnosed with MS, but while those people are united by their diagnosis, the effects of MS can vary significantly from person to person. That can make diagnosis alone difficult, and it can make treatment and management of the disease’s symptoms even harder. That’s where physical therapy comes in. In this episode, a physical therapist describes how physical therapy can address the unique needs of people with MS, a condition that rarely affects two people in quite the same way. Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about multiple sclerosis at
March 3, 2016
March 3, 2016: Affecting an estimated 5 million adults, 80-90% of them woman, fibromyalgia is a condition whose symptoms include widespread pain and fatigue.  Difficult to diagnose, fibromyalgia is also a condition without a cure.  Its various symptoms can be treated with components such as education and exercise. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist discusses the diagnosis, treatment, and management of fibromyalgia. Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about fibromyalgia at
February 18, 2016
February 18, 2016: Kobe Bryant called her his secret weapon.  And as head physical therapist of the Los Angeles Lakers, Judy Seto not only works to keep the 18-time NBA All-Star healthy and on the court, but his teammates as well.   Her responsibilities span a 82-game regular season, plus preseason, postseason, and the offseason. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Judy gives us a glimpse of what NBA players go through to perform on the court night after night in city after city. And she also provides tips for amateur basketball players who want to stay on the court. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at
February 4, 2016
February 4, 2015: There are numerous reasons someone can be admitted to an acute care hospital, such as an injury that require emergency care, or a planned surgery. Whatever the case, a patient in an acute care setting is going to encounter numerous medical professionals, at least one of which is likely to be a physical therapist. What’s the role of an acute care physical therapist? In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist will describe and highlight some of the benefits of physical therapy for the acute care setting, not just for rehabilitation but also prehabilitation. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at
January 21, 2016
January 21, 2015: Improving strength is a typical component of physical rehabilitation after injury. But often standing in the way of all the muscle building necessary to recover from an injury is the injury itself. While working at Brooke Army Medical Center, physical therapist Johnny Owens, MPT, saw wounded warriors who needed to improve strength in injured limbs without further compromising vulnerable joints or soft tissue. So he and his colleagues began experimenting with a relatively new treatment method that’s gaining in popularity: blood flow restriction training, or BFR. The technique, which involves applying a tourniquet to an injured limb to partially restrict blood flow, allows patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on the limb. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Johnny Owens, MPT, describes how blood flow restriction training works, shares his vision for the potential of the technique within health care, and discusses where research is ongoing. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at
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