📚 Study Resources
I made this diagram of the brachial plexus using Google Drawings, a tool built inside of Google Docs and Sheets that allows you to create simple or complex flowcharts, diagrams, and drawings.
The brachial plexus is the branching of nerves from the upper portions of the spinal cord that provide nerve supply to the arm.
Much to their dismay, students across healthcare disciplines are required to memorize this pattern.
Physical therapists must grow especially acquainted with the brachial plexus, as it may help illuminate the cause of weakness, pain, or movement dysfunction.
The Canadian Cervical Spine Rules is a decision-making algorithm used to help clinicians decide whether or not imaging is indicated following traumatic neck injury.
Review the Canadian C-Spine Rules with this flowchart based on Stiell et al. 2001.
When studying for board exams, I compiled a list of terms and definitions for different cognitive domains relevant in the physical therapy setting.
Also included is information about the Rancho Los Amigos Cognitive Levels, another key concept when working with patients after neurologic injury.
Review the origins, insertions, actions, and innervations of a variety of muscles using this Google Sheet.
Pro-Tip: Utilize the PAINT FORMAT function to create pseudo-flashcards to quiz yourself using this sheet. Simply turn the color of column B-F to black, and then choose a cell to make white once again. Then, choose that cell and click on the PAINT FORMAT tool (looks like a paint roller). The cell that you click next will turn to a white background and you'll be able to see what text is inside (similar to flipping over the flashcard).
Utilize this spreadsheet to translate commonly used clinical terms, body parts, and verbs into 60+ different languages.
This sheet utilizes the =GOOGLETRANSLATE() function, which is a really unique tool with virtually unlimited uses. Play around with it, add words of your own, and brush up on those languages you could use some practice with.