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Michelle R. Little, PT, DPT

Michelle R. Little, PT, DPT

Michelle is the EPSIG scholarship recipient of the Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy course in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (February 8-10, 2019). She received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2015, and in 2018 became Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. Michelle is currently a Physical Therapist at the University of Virginia/Encompass Health Outpatient Sports Medicine Center. Her clinical interests include: Lower Quarter Running injuries, orthopedic injuries and post-operative care for hip, knee, foot and ankle, spinal evaluation and management, special interest in Prenatal and Postpartum care for the female athlete. Michelle is proficient in Spanish and enjoys providing therapy services to Spanish native speakers in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.

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Key Factors That Limit Access to Physical Therapy Care

Hi, I'm Michelle Little. My parents were born in Colombia, South America and moved to the United States with dreams of a better life. They immigrated from an impoverished area, lacked a college education and with a very basic English vocabulary. Due to this sacrifice, they have always had very manual,  labor-intensive jobs. From a very young age, I knew what pain was because I witnessed my mother icing her hands and feet after a ten-hour shift. I now understand that my mother’s pain was in part caused by the physical requirements for her job and poor occupational accommodations. During all those years, my mother was never told about or referred to physical therapy, so she lived in fear that her body was weak and damaged. In my sophomore year of college, I had a knee injury that led to surgery and post-operative physical therapy. Going through physical therapy made me feel empowered, and I knew I had found my life’s passion. I wanted to educate and empower patients that had orthopedic pain like my mother, and improve the quality of life of my patients and their families.

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