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I’m Brent – a Vancouver based physiotherapist.

Why Things Hurt is a site I’ve created to share my articles and videos. They’ll help you understand your aches and pains, and give you concrete and simple strategies to help!

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I am excited to announce that my goal of writing and publishing a BOOK is becoming a reality this year!

Over the past five years I have written numerous articles and created over fifty videos as resources for my clients and the general public to help give them a context for how their bodies work.  Until recently I have kept those videos in the members section of this site and held off promoting anything about WhyThingsHurt.com because I wanted to focus on quality content. In the past year I haven't posted much new content to this site because I have been working hard to organize and expand the information into a book to help my followers learn things in a more appropriate order.  I have used client and personal stories to tie together relevant information about how your body and mind function and ultimately to explain Why Things Hurt. My new book will be titled: Why Things Hurt: Life lessons from an injury prone physical therapist ...
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My Book is Almost Here!!

I am excited to announce that my goal of writing and publishing a BOOK is becoming a reality this year!

Over the past five years I have written numerous articles and created over fifty videos as resources for my clients and the general public to help give them a context for how their bodies work.  Until recently I have kept those videos in the members section of this site and held off promoting anything about WhyThingsHurt.com because I wanted to focus on quality content.

In the past year I haven't posted much new content to this site because I have been working hard to organize and expand the information into a book to help my followers learn things in a more appropriate order.  I have used client and personal stories to tie together relevant information about how your body and mind function and ultimately to explain Why Things Hurt.

My new book will be titled:

Why Things Hurt: Life lessons from an injury prone physical therapist

(available Spring/Summer 2016)

In the lead up to my book launch, I will be completely redesigning the structure and function of this website.  I will be eliminating the members section and have already loaded all of the videos onto my YouTube Channel.  I am working on creating a variety of playlists to help provide direction of what order to watch the videos and to do the exercise progressions.  The new site (March/April) will have the YouTube videos integrated into the written blog posts and a gallery of playlists specific to different issues.

Reading my book will make the new website infinitely more useful because you will develop a big picture understanding of how your body and mind work and then can use this site to help you work on the specifics that are important to you.

Over the ...
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My meeting with the College of Physiotherapists of BC

Last night from 5:30-9pm with Dieter and Yvette by my side, we met with Brenda, Phil and Heather from the College to discuss the issues surrounding the RCA exam.  We created objectives, wrote them down then talked our way through all of them until we agreed it was time to go home. 

Phil ran the flow of the meeting and I voiced our concerns throughout the process in an open and constructive manner.  Phil's focus was on establishing the history of how we got to where we are today with the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) and my focus was on helping him understand how I/we didn't like where we are today and why.  I better understand their position from the process, but in no way was convinced or swayed that the Registrant Competency Assessment (RCA) portion of the QAP as it stands today is a good idea.  I believe that they heard my arguments against the RCA and although they didn't concede that there is a better option, I think I created some openness in their position, which is a good start.

Brenda said very little, but listened and took notes as Phil and I debated the details of the QAP point by point.  He had Heather write out on the board the aspects that were required of the QAP taken from this document on their website.  Please take a moment to open this pdf file and scroll to page 4, there are fourteen points that they feel are very important to the development of the QAP.  I actively challenged them that they currently weren't achieving the first six points in their current iteration of the QAP with the RCA in it.

We reviewed that the current QAP has three phases to it:
1.    Annual Self Report (ASR),
2.    Registrant ...
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BC Physiotherapists RCA Updates

I have created this page in preparation for my meeting with Brenda Hudson (Registrar), Phil Sweeney (Chair of Board), and Heather Leslie (Vice Chair of Board) of the College of Physical Therapists of BC on January 27, 2016.  We will be discussing the Registrant Competence Assessment (RCA) exam that all physiotherapists in BC are currently required to write. For background on this on going matter please read my November 2015 post titled BC Physiotherapists Rally Together to Have a Voice Since writing the above post I have learned a lot about the history of this exam and have had phone calls, emails and in person thank yous from all over the province for speaking up.  Apparently I am not alone in my feelings about the principle of this test just being way off the mark.  We have tried to challenge it from its inception but the College has marched forward despite our concerns. The PABC has spent a lot of hours over the years trying to help resolve this issue to no avail so the challenge falls on our shoulders if we want to challenge what the College thinks is a good idea.  My challenge is to create a platform that will reach all 3000 physios in the province because the PABC is protective of its email list and I'm guessing the College will be the same. My original post had a much further reach than I expected, but this time I am shooting for ALL of you (3000+).  Together with the small advisory team I have built, we will be emailing out a short questionnaire to get a sense of everybody's stance on this subject and depending on the outcome of our January 27th meeting a petition to change the RCA exam to something more appropriate. If you are a registered ...
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BC Physiotherapists Rally Together to Have a Voice

I am writing this article tonight because I am mad, I am offended and I  want to help create change and I know that I am not alone.  I have been a physiotherapist in British Columbia for twelve years, a path that required me to attain two university degrees and pass a written and practical certification exam.  I have taken over twenty five post-graduate courses, run a private clinic and work closely with countless other healthcare professionals and was just recently required to write a three hour exam to prove my 'competency' as part of our college's Quality Assurance Program. Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in British Columbia, meaning that we have a regulatory body called the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) that creates standards and provides licenses for therapists to work as certified health care professionals in the province.  Apparently in 2007 the BC government passed a law called the Health Professions Amendment Act that requires regulatory bodies to monitor our 'continuing competency' defined as: the ongoing ability of a practitioner to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, judgments and interpersonal attributes required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and setting.  The principle of it makes sense, but the practical application of it is actively falling on its face right now and making a lot of physiotherapists in BC angry...especially me, but I want to hear from everybody! Since the bill was passed the CPTBC has systematically developed their Quality Assurance Program as a two step process.  Step one was an annual self report that required every physio to take an online quiz to familiarize themselves with some of the college bylaws and ethical standards before a new license was issued in the new year.  A completely ...
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