But I Read That Online...
From the desk of Kristen M. Reynolds, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT... Low back pain. Headache. Foot cramps. Occasional eye twitch. Restless legs...google all of those symptoms together and what do you have? An even bigger headache with fear of what you may be suffering from! The Internet is a wonderful resource for investigating conditions and medical options, but everyone must take caution that online literature is not always written by a licensed health care professional.
- Many people are guilty of establishing a self-diagnosis, and even a treatment plan, from the world wide web. However, such medical advice is inaccurate the majority of the time due to the source.
- In the case that what you are reading is written by a professional it is essential to note that the information provided is not intended to substitute for the diagnosis, education, or treatment of a medical professional familiar with your specific conditions and needs. Individuals should always consult with a professional for answers to personal health questions within that professional’s scope of practice.
- Patients can learn more about their injury or condition after being diagnosed by a medical professional.
- There is a wealth of information on how to prevent injuries or conditions that individuals can safely employ.
As a PT, I greatly enjoy giving my patients a variety of ways to educate themselves about their bodies and self-care. It is always helpful to narrow down “the good” sources from “the bad” sources by going to a professional organization or association website. My favorite consumer friendly site is from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):
- Explains why individuals may seek out physical therapy services.
- Allows you to browse a libary by symptoms, conditions, or diagnoses to learn how a physical therapist can help you.
- Has an “Interactive Body” to browse by body part to learn how a physical therapist can treat you.
- “Find a PT” section helps you locate and choose a physical therapist from a national database of APTA members that is right for you, as well as prepare for you for your first visit and how to get the most out of the session.
- Offers "Ask a PT" is to provide consumers with the opportunity to send questions to a panel of APTA therapists. The panel selects a variety of questions each month that cover of a variety of consumer health issues.
- Posts injury prevention tips and sample exercises to help reduce your risk of injury from activities such as backpacking, gardening, and biking.
Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy and PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009. While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She has studied with Balanced Body, Peak Pilates, and most recently Balancepoint Pilates. She is an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Sections, as well as the APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups.
Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group classes.