Millions of Americans suffer from physical pain, yet few are getting access to the treatment they need to improve their quality of life. By bringing telemedicine to physical therapy, PTs can reach more people early on to improve quality of life, lower their overall health costs, and reduce opioid addictions and unnecessary surgeries.

Musculoskeletal diseases affect more than one out of every two persons in the United States age 18 and over, and nearly three out of four age 65 and over (cite: BoneandJointBurden.org). Yet of all patients with neuromusculoskeletal issues, only about 8% seek out rehab therapy (WebPT). Although…


One of the very popular articles supporting early physical therapy is turning 10-years-old this year. Since that time, we’ve had entire marketing campaigns launch regarding getting PT first, and also, evidence of declining outcomes for low back pain as a health care system. And so I think it’s worth a journey back to see how far we’ve come in a decade and to see if we really got any movement from this very popular article.

The Virginia Mason Pilot

I’m talking about the Virginia Mason case pilot case example as published in the Wall Street Journal in 2007. The Virginia Mason Medical Center in…


All photos credit Eric Robertson

I first met Jerry Durham in Seattle during 2011 over a plate of sushi. At the time, I knew little about this guy beyond that fact that he liked the SF Giants ball club and owned a practice in San Francisco, and certainly didn’t know how honored I would be that his very first tweet ever was a tweet to me. As Jerry and I sat in the restaurant of the boutique Hotel Max, I could tell he was something different right away. He had passion. But, no one yet knew it. He was a man with a message, but…


Historical beauty beyond the fairways of Augusta National

To most people, Augusta, Georgia is the home of the Masters Golf Tournament. The fairways and greens of the Augusta National Golf Course are like no other, and full of splendor. I like to think of it as the most beautiful garden on earth. Sadly, beyond the Masters gates is Washington Road, and that is anything but beautiful. For many, Augusta the city stands in stark contrast to “Augusta” the golf course. Fortunately, one only needs to travel a small way off the beaten path to find a beautiful treasure that’s quite a bit more accessible…


Photo by Alex Banakas

The Uncommon Pathway to Problem Solving

When I picture ignorance, I think of comedy. I think of Homer Simpson. I think of babies in high chairs slopping their food all over their faces. No one cares. They’re ignorant, and no one gives a crap. What I don’t think of when I think of ignorance are experts and problem solvers. It turns out that might be an ignorant point of view.

Ignorance is not just a blank space on a person’s mental map. It has contours and coherence, and for all I know, rules of operation as well. …


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But I Ignited a CrossFit Debate…

Imagine all the people…

No, I never could. As I penned my article, “CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret,” last week, I wouldn’t have guessed that within a week I’d be getting interviewed for a news story on Good Morning America. But clearly, the article hit a nerve, and a sensitive one at that.

One of my students tweeted this question to me:

@EricRobertson, How does it feel to be the most polarizing person in the world of exercise?

In a short amount of time, it seemed I had become the Antichrist of CrossFit and perhaps exercise in general. …


Everyone has an uncle they’d rather you not meet.

Please allow me to introduce you to Uncle Rhabdo, CrossFit’s unofficial and disturbing mascot. Uncle Rhabdo is a cartoon commonly referenced in CrossFit literature and representative of a troubling trend among CrossFitters.

He’s a clown. Literally.

The “Uncle Rhabdo” cartoon depicts an exhausted, yet well-muscled clown, connected to a dialysis machine standing next to some workout equipment. Concernedly, his kidney has fallen out and lies on the floor underneath him, along with some portion of his bowel. He’s left a pool of blood on the floor below him, but it’s not clear if this is from the disembowelment, the kidney’s…

Eric Robertson

Educator, speaker, coffee and Physical Therapy geek. @PTThinkTank founder. Kaiser Permanente, Northern California @KPNorCalPT Graduate PT Education Director

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