Top Nutrition Apps for Physical Therapists

By Dr. Sean M. Wells, DPT, PT, OCS, ATC/L, CSCS, NSCA-CPT CNPT, Cert-DN

Physical therapists (PTs) are stepping up their game and focusing on important in the clients' lives: social determinants of health (SDOH), wellness, alcohol and drug use, sleep, and nutrition. As we venture into a newer world of PT practice, clinicians need to be armed with useful tools and resources to help them along the way. Let's outline some of our team's favorite nutrition apps that have helped us help many clients.

Nutrition Guide for Clinicians

Published by the well-known Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians is a simple app that all Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) should have installed on their phones. The app allows a clinician to easily look up a condition or diagnosis, and then scroll through easily summarized data on simple nutrition tips that can contribute or treat the disease. Authors of the app list copious studies in their references...

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Nutrition Guidelines for Patients with COVID-19 - Relevance to PTs

Nutrition Guidelines for Corona Virus

The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, also known as ESPEN, have released pre-published guidelines for clinicians to consider for patients with COVID-19 (novel Corona virus). The guidelines offer a great breakdown of evidenced-based statements related to managing patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), outpatient and those in quarantine.

Relevance to PT Practice

Physical therapists (PTs) are considered essential during the COVID-19 crisis. Physical therapists are being utilized in ICUs to help position patients, particularly in prone, which helps to improve lung perfusion. Moreover, PTs are helping mobilize and get those stronger after being infected. Let's look at the ESPEN Statements and see how they impact PT practice.

One of the first pieces of guidance ESPEN offers is that patients with COVID-19 should be screened for malnutrition. Some PTs are trained in nutritional screening, which will facilitate the immediate...

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