On January 31, 2013 the Department of Physical Therapy hosted the Sanderson Lecture at University of the Pacific. Dr. Gail Deyle, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT presented “Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Rare Combination of Low Risk and High Benefit.”

Dr. Deyle and Dr. Joseph Serra at the lecture.
Dr. Deyle and Dr. Joseph Serra at the lecture.

Dr. Deyle’s lecture explored the incidence and risks and various levels of interventions for knee osteoarthritis. Local physical therapists, Pacific physical therapy students, faculty, and orthopedic surgeons heard about Dr. Deyle’s study of the “Effectiveness of Manual PT and Exercise in Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

When it comes to patients in the clinic “It’s okay to limp in but it isn’t okay to limp out. It’s that simple,” stated Dr. Deyle. He went on to explain his manual physical therapy approach for osteoarthritis of the knee and the importance of strength training. Dr. Deyle stressed the importance of educating patients on lifestyle strategies to avoid osteoarthritis of the knee and the advantages to being an active adult by maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and cholesterol. Deyle suggested that physical therapists should not be providers of “no” but providers “of reason.” He went on to say that physical therapists should provide guidance and intervention consistent with the details of best evidence.

Dr. Deyle concluded the lecture with this statement, “When I see people in their sixties and seventies hiking in the mountains—that’s success!”

Dr. George Sanderson was known as Pacific’s “infirmary physician” at Pacific’s Student Health Program from 1926-1969. In the early 1970’s, to honor 50 years of medical practice, Dr. Sanderson’s colleagues established the George H. Sanderson Lectureship. This lectureship is currently administered by St. Joseph’s Foundation both at St. Joseph’s and San Joaquin General Hospital. All thanks to Dr. Sanderson’s daughter, Jean, and Sister Abby Newton at St. Joseph’s Foundation, and to honor Dr. Sanderson’s commitment to education and to University of the Pacific, these funds made Dr. Deyle’s lecture possible.

Dr. Deyle is a professor at Baylor University Graduate School and is Senior Faculty at Army-Baylor University Post Professional Doctoral Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Deyle developed advanced clinical practice courses on evidence-based musculoskeletal imaging and differential diagnosis for physical therapists and is well published in the area of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

The University of the Pacific Physical Therapy Department is grateful to the Sanderson Family and St. Joseph’s Foundation for funding Dr. Deyle’s lecture. Join us for the next Sanderson Lecture on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics.


By Susan Webster
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