Evidence Based Practice - What is it and why should you care?

What Is Evidence-Based Physical Therapy?

As a physical therapist and scientist, phrases like evidence-based physical therapy roll off my tongue. They’re a part of my daily vocabulary. For someone looking for the right physical therapist who can provide correct and appropriate care, it probably sounds intimidating. But it’s not.

Simply put, evidence-based physical therapy uses the results of scientific research, the evidence, along with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, clinical knowledge and experience, information I garner from my patients through conversations with them and their family members or partner, and through my own observations. With this information, I create a conscientious, individualized physical therapy practice that makes judicious use of current best practices.

I know, from my years in research, that new physical therapy methodologies are being developed all the time. New equipment is being invented right this moment. Although some of these techniques and/or equipment sound exciting and people make grandiose claims about how well they work, using an evidence-based based process to examine these claims helps me sort out which of these are most likely to reliably and effectively work. This means that I can provide my patients with therapies that will help them get better in the fastest amount of time.

At Berkana Rehabilitation Institute, we’ve created a culture of focused knowledge. A culture of distilling and communicating information and then applying that information—the evidence—to each patient’s particular situation and needs. This allows us to be creative and flexible in developing our patients’ paths to wellness. Come check us out and let us help you find your path to wellness.

Have a wonderful, healthful day.

Dr. Nancy Quick, PT, PhD




Dr. Nancy Quick, PT, PhD has practiced physical therapy for more than 20 years, with a focus on orthopedic and neurological care. She has published and presented scientific research papers and co-invented exercise devices specifically geared to stroke patients. Dr. Quick was nominated for Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Teacher awards while teaching at the University of New England.