In this episode Professor Shirley Sahrmann explains the need for therapist to break out of the traditional roles that been imposed upon the profession. She explains that no one knows what PT’s do! Her recommendation is to explain the PT profession as the Movement System specialists. Shirley explains in detail what we need to make this happen, why it’s necessary that we do, and where to go from here. Listen to hear about the patient treatment model that best fits with PT’s and why this could change our entire approach to patient care! Listen to her motivate Jimmy with nearly 60 years of experience in Physical Therapy!

Host Jimmy McKay enjoys a Bells Best Brown Ale as our guest has “probably a white wine” 🙂  Cheers!

Shirley’s Bio:

Dr. Sahrmann is Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, masters and doctorate degrees in Neurobiology from Washington University. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a recipient of the Association’s Marion Williams Research Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, and the Kendall Practice award, the Inaugural John H.P. Maley Lecture and Mary McMillan Lecture awards. Dr. Sahrmann has also received Washington University’s Distinguished Faculty Award, the School of Medicine’s Inaugural Distinguished Clinician Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She has also received the Bowling-Erhard Orthopedic Clinical Practice Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. She has served on the APTA Board of Directors and as president of the Missouri Chapter.
In addition to her numerous national and international presentations, Dr. Sahrmann has been a keynote speaker at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, and at the Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Danish national congresses.
Dr. Sahrmann’s research interests are in development and validation of classification schemes for movement impairment syndromes as well as in exercise based interventions for these syndromes. Her books, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and the Extremities, describe the syndromes and methods of treatment. She maintained an active clinical practice specializing in patients with musculoskeletal pain syndromes until her retirement in July 2012.

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