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04 Jun 2017

The Princess of Placebo

 The placebo effect of physical therapy gets talked about frequently in various physio-circles.  We know that in research “the placebo effect” can account for 30% of a patient’s reported improvement.  As best I can recall, I was trained to think that simply getting a placebo effect was bad.  We wanted better than that!  We (as practitioners) wanted to believe with all of our hearts that the therapies we were choosing were making big differences based on... More

28 May 2017

Post-Op ACL - Quads versus Hams Ratio

This blog was inspired by a Mike Reinold Podcast:  https://mikereinold.com/quadriceps-to-hamstring-ratio-in-acl-injuries-phds-and-passing-the-pt-boards/  BTW his stuff is great!  Yes, it’s all ‘human’, but the veterinary / animal rehab side of things has so much to learn from the human side.  Anyways, the discussion was about ‘the optimal’ quads-hams ratio that you would aim for in ACL rehabilitation. Firstly, what is interesting to note, is... More

21 May 2017

Literature Review - In house rehab after IVDH surgery

 Literature review: Influence of in-house rehabilitation on the postoperative outcome of dogs with intervertebral disk herniation.Hodgson MM, Bevan JM, Evans RB, and Johnson TI.Veterinary Surgery. 2017;46:566-573. Objective: To determine the influence of in-house rehabilitation on the postoperative outcome of dogs with intervertebral disk herniation (IVDH). Methods:  The researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study, comprised of 248 dogs under 20 kg of weight, with... More


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