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September 2, 2014 5:08 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

One of my classes this semester is titled "Integumentary." The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of shocking pictures. More shocking, however, is that I actually like it!

I've ...


 
August 29, 2014 4:21 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed more videos of my friends appearing on various social media networks of themselves dumping ice cold water on their heads and nominating others to do the same. I didn't know much about how the trend started and after some reading (as well as the messages in each video), learned it was a fundraising effort to raise money and awareness for ALS.

Pete Frates, a former college ...


 
August 29, 2014 2:14 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

I recently was looking for a good read at the library -- anything that would pique my interest and whisk me into a riveting story that related to my life in no way. As it turned out, I passed on the gritty crime fiction novels and historical fiction (my fave!) and picked up a book on caregiving for people with dementia.

I was immediately hooked as I began to read the no-nonsense approach techniques for caring ...


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August 28, 2014 4:00 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

Stay active, eat healthy, get plenty of sunshine and take colloidal silver. Okay, so don't take the silver, take something else, like, bitter cola. I think I could produce enough clinical evidence to promote either one though and patients would probably listen to me like I'm an authority on healthy living.

Isn't that part of what we do -- instruct patients on better lifestyle choices? And if I happen to have ...


 
August 27, 2014 5:56 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

I am involved with a networking group of rehab therapists (PT, OT, SLP) that's based back in the US. Earlier this week a member requested information on how to set up a fall prevention program. She was very enthusiastic about the need for such a program where she lived and was looking to start working in a private/home health sort of way. I can see a niche for that!

She admitted she had no experience in ...


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Post written by ADVANCE guest blogger Rachel Wynn, MS, CCC-SLP

Let's start with a story that takes place in a SNF where I worked. The tight quarters of a small therapy gym and rehab wing allowed for easy co-treating and observation of my fellow therapists' treatment, which I found incredibly valuable as a new graduate. I noticed when a very gentle occupational therapist worked with a patient ...


 
August 26, 2014 4:17 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Everyone who knows me knows how neuro-focused I am. It's easy to imagine me getting excited when a relatively fresh ICH patient was admitted to our facility. I felt like someone gave me a present. He'd had some complications postoperatively so he came to us prior to rehab.

As soon as I read the chart, I was already thinking of what I wanted to do. Not only was he awake, he was following commands. I teach ...


 
August 25, 2014 5:47 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

While I'm happy to report that I finished my first semester with great grades and learned an enormous amount of information, I have to admit that I'm terrified for the semester that begins tomorrow. This time around, our classes include Medical Pathology/Pharmacology (combination course), Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Clinical Skills I and Integumentary. For one course, we have 11 chapters of ...


 
August 22, 2014 10:12 AM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

I've recently blogged about the potential closing of the long-term care/skilled nursing facility where I work. Although there has been no formal announcement from the administration, census continues to slow and hours have been cut from all departments -- for the exception of rehab. Due to the fact that we continue ...

 
August 20, 2014 6:28 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset, but there are other stem cells out there that research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping people recover from devastating illnesses.

As a purely scientific reading, stem cells are fascinating. You often have to put aside your personal and/or religious beliefs ...


 
August 19, 2014 5:20 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I'm noticing a disturbing trend. I'm always the one pointing out the bad news. I admit I do better with realistic than cheerfully optimistic, but it seems like it's always me pointing out the flaw with a plan. If I'm not pointing out the obvious, I'm explaining why the obvious isn't going to happen. It feels like everyone else is focusing on happily ever after and I'm saying not during this admission.

This ...


 
August 19, 2014 3:18 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

For the past year, I've been working in a "fixed-term" position. What that means is that I have a contract for exactly 11 months. The post is not guaranteed to run past the end of October. Fortunately, a position became available in the same NHS Trust but for a neighboring locality. I've interviewed and been given the job, which is permanent. I hadn't been stressing out, or so I thought, about being in a temporary ...


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August 18, 2014 6:02 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Before the semester ended, I was elected president of my class. I ran unopposed so it wasn't a stressful or lengthy process; however, I've already been thrown a ton of tasks and responsibilities to juggle, as have my fellow officers. Is all the extra work worth it?

Of course, I can't say for sure but from speaking to upperclassmen and officers in other programs, I think it will be. I've already learned a ton ...


 
August 15, 2014 4:54 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation.

This age breakdown discussion was completed with my director ...


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August 14, 2014 6:52 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

I've been trying to keep up with all the news coverage of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The story is quite captivating as it is not a subject I often hear a lot about, and I like learning and reviewing different topics related to medicine. Part of what is so interesting about the media's attention to the Ebola outbreak is the impact perspective Ebola has compared to other pathologies.

While important ...


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August 14, 2014 5:58 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were a lot of people coming through who wanted employment.

When an older gentleman came through and passed the drug screen, the owner of the clinic (who was also ...


 
August 12, 2014 9:35 AM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job.

I didn't think much about it until a doctor wanted a functional assessment of an incomplete ...


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August 12, 2014 9:30 AM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

When I was a younger lad, I was one of those starving actor, dancer, waiter people living in New York in the 1980s. It was a life of classes and auditions and endlessly being told, "Thanks, we'll let you know." Translation: You didn't get the part.

I once auditioned for the first touring company of the Broadway play Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon. The first audition was 1000 guys who looked just like ...


 
August 11, 2014 12:02 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Today marks my last lecture of my first semester in PT school. I've completed gross anatomy, physiology, clinical anatomy and introduction to physical therapy. I cannot believe how much I have learned and, more importantly, retained! I can't wait to see what the next semester brings. Here are some lessons from this summer that have stuck with me the most:

You really, really can't study in advance for anatomy. ...


 
August 8, 2014 4:31 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level exercises and bed mobility are the only options for therapy. In these ...


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August 7, 2014 3:22 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

This week, I'll be giving a presentation to half of our company about a recent continuous improvement project I've worked on. We are just weeks away from our project being implemented, and many of my coworkers who haven't been involved in the project don't know what to expect (rightfully so -- their focus is patient care!).

I've been involved in much of the preparations and will be presenting with one of ...


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August 7, 2014 1:03 PM by Michael Kelley of PT on the Run

Whenever I stand at the starting line of a race, I always think about one thing: the uncrossed finish line waiting for me at the end. And as with any race I have competed in, this blog too has reached its finish line.

In my very first ADVANCE blog post I wrote, "My hope ...


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August 6, 2014 4:44 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

As I opened the gym door early one morning, I was stunned by what I saw. A large polyurethane mug with those beautiful white rings left from the wet bottom of the cup practically glowing on one edge of the mat table. Someone brought their drink into the gym, was treating patients, and left the cup and mess for someone to clean up. Outstanding.

Now it could have been a patient who left the cup, but I know better. ...


 
August 6, 2014 3:31 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Currently I have an elderly gentleman with a traumatic brain injury from a fall. One version says he tripped over his dogs. Another says he had a seizure. Either way he hit his head on the way down, developed a bleed and had a craniotomy. The man was clearly ambulatory and functional prior to his injury.

I'm not getting anywhere with him. It took a while for him to wake up. It took a little longer for his ...


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August 5, 2014 4:44 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the things that surprised me when I first moved to the United Kingdom was that my registration (equivalent to licensing) was valid not only in England, but also in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. If I suddenly got an offer in Edinburgh or Cardiff, I could simply accept it and go. No additional paperwork.

I've held multiple licenses in New York, Florida, and even California at one point in the ...


 

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The ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine editorial staff will discuss issues in the PT profession, current events in health care and offer their opinions and insights.

Toni will be talking about the PT world as she sees it with 20+ years of experience as well as a student new to the world of post-professional education. She welcomes comments and responses. Anything is fair game!

With 12 years of PTA experience behind him, Jason Marketti is still learning and growing every day. He invites you to join him on his journey through the therapy profession and as a husband and father of three children.

Lisa Mueller is a physical therapist in Milwaukee, WI. She currently works in an acute-care setting with experience in general medical and critical care patients. With her BA in Spanish, Lisa treats a variety of patients each day.

Join Dean Metz as he ventures out of direct patient care and attempts to have a more widespread impact through public health.

PTA, mommy, runner, all-around chicken wrangler, kindergarten/4th grade art docent and professional juggler (no not really, but it sure feels like it sometimes).

Follow Lauren as she navigates her way through the DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Karen Schiff, PT, will be documenting her progression as she pursues her transitional DPT, while juggling her work and family.

Mike Kelley is a physical therapist in suburban Chicago. He currently works in acute care, treating patients with orthopedic, neurologic and cardiopulmonary diagnoses. Outside of PT, he is an avid endurance athlete and has a passion for politics.

Jocelyn is a student at Nova Southeastern University's DPT Program in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Join in her three-year journey to becoming a DPT.