Treating and observing people over 24 years, I am firmly convinced we were born for movement. Static positions such as prolonged computer use, or a repetitive dynamic action such as hours of cycling, running can contribute to overuse, poor movement patterns, which may create movement dysfunction and subsequently pain.
In our education our focus is on “fixing the pain” and as a result we often focus on the joint or joints that are painful. As careers evolve we often begin to see things in a new light, and practitioners with expertise tell us “dont treat the pain.” My physical therapy career has spanned a variety of experiences. My first physical therapy job was in Missoula, MT, where I worked in a local outpatient orthopedic clinic treating ranchers, loggers, firefighters, college athletes and folks of all ages. I moved back to Colorado and was employed as the medical director for a new physical therapy clinic specializing in workers compensation. People can hurt themselves in all kinds of ways! I saw and treated a lot of unique injuries!