Why Does My Leg Hurt?

When performing an evaluation on a client complaining of leg pain of the hip, knee, ankle or foot, many factors are taken into consideration to determine what is wrong and how to fix it. First, the patient’s standing posture is assessed. The client stands naturally where most comfortable and balanced and the clinician looks for asymmetry. Is one foot more forward or turned out then the other, or carrying more of the weight? Secondly, their pelvic alignment is observed for levelness. An untreated leg problem usually has a component of pelvic obliquity; one side will be higher than the other. The symptomatic side does not necessarily correspond with higher side. The third item to look for is d

Don't Mess Up the Work!

Don’t Mess Up the Work! I cannot take credit for this concept. A dear client shared this idea with me and I thought that it made a lot of sense so I thought I would pass it along. My client is a retired psychotherapist. When he was actively practicing he would often explain to his clients that they typically come to therapy one hour per week. He would then go on to elaborate that there are 168 hours in a week and ask his clients, “What are you doing the other 167 hours that you are not in therapy?” This provides a great perspective on who’s truly responsible for making a difference in one’s life whether that be to improve one’s emotional or physical health and wellbeing. In physical therapy

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