I am a licensed physical therapist practicing in a tribal setting. I graduated with my Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2011 as an Indian Health Service scholar and have been in the tribal system ever since. After graduating and beginning practice, I learned working in a tribal facility was much different than anything I had experienced during my clinical rotations. Patients had more co-morbidities, diagnoses were more challenging to come by, and the patient population was more diverse. In my first year, I saw everything from gait training a child with CP to a morbidly obese patient with chronic low back pain/fibromyalgia/high BP/diabetes mellitus/past hx of lumbar fusion attempt to return to her daily activities.
Since its inception, Tribal Physio has grown in size and has had a number of authors and contributors join its ranks. We have Dr. James Bailey, DPT, PT, Dr. Steven Lee, DPT, PT, and Dr. Jennifer Bebo, DPT, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, joining the ranks and providing worthwhile content to the site. We hope this blog can provide some insight into our world, promote exploration of treatment strategies/approaches, review the current evidence, evolve as a physical therapists, and expand our knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. This blog will be comprised of personal stories, musings, evidence reviews, different treatment approaches, and a slew of whatever else we can come up with.