We’ve spent the last couple weeks at The Massage Development Center exploring a variety of shoulder diagnoses and treatments. But what happens when shoulder pain isn’t coming from a source in the glenohumeral joint or its structures? Are you able to screen for these conditions? Now, I am a physical therapist and it was in […]
About Valerie Bobb
Valerie has been a physical therapist and athletic trainer for 18 years and currently works in a hospital-based clinic in Seattle, WA. Valerie started her career working with athletes and researching the female athlete. Early in her career, she started working with pregnant clients and found a new love for Women's and Men's Health. She now has dedicated her career to treating patients with chronic pain, complaints during and after pregnancy, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Valerie teaches for the APTA and holds an adjunct professor position at Texas Woman's University, teaching woman's health curriculum.
When I was 5 I started suffering from debilitating migraines. I remember having pain from my waist to my head, wrapping around the side of my face and settling behind one of my eyes. Usually I woke up in the middle of the night in severe pain, close to vomiting before I even realized what […]
In the January 2019, Pain Journal published an article comparing pain to the Bayes rule in math. PAIN Symptom Perception, placebo effects, and the Bayesian brain. It suggests the brain can follow a theory of probability in math known as the Bayes rule. In statistics/math, the rule looks at the likelihood of a given […]
I watch a lot of hockey….like A LOT of hockey. It seems like every offseason there are at least a handful of players having surgery for femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), “hernia” repairs and/or abdominal “tears.” Whenever there is a huge increase in certain procedures, I’m always a little suspect whether it’s just the latest […]
In school, we are taught a list of history questions to ask patients. But, how often do we allow patients to ask us questions? And should we? The Journal of American Medical Association Neurology recently published an opinion commentary addressing fundamental questions every patient has but never asks. While the article is geared towards […]
When I was in physical therapy school, PTs in the States didn’t have direct access. I figured I needed to mainly focus on differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal issues and not worry about cancer or visceral referral pattern. However, the States slowly has been adopting direct access for physical therapy and I also learned that regardless […]