Friday, March 2, 2012

Testimony from Andrew Tigges, Presentor at CSM 2012

I am a first professional year physical therapy student from Springfield, MO.  As a sophomore, I began assisting with research on people with multiple sclerosis with Dr. Wagner in the motion analysis lab.  A part-time job working with the numbers behind the scenes eventually led to more responsibilities with her research, including recently being involved in writing an abstract and having a poster on walking limitations of people with MS.  At the 2012 APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago, I presented the poster "Lower extremity muscle weakness better predicts walking limitations in people with multiple sclerosis than lower extremity strength asymmetry."  It was a great experience, and I was able to speak with clinicians from across the nation who work with MS patients daily.  While I am still unsure what area of physical therapy I will want to work in, whether in be within neurological, orthopedic, sports, or research-oriented contexts, working in the lab has enabled me to be more critical of articles from all areas of physical therapy and appreciate the importance of evidence-based practice in the profession at large.
                                                                                                    - Andrew Tigges


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