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ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine is thrilled to welcome you to PT Talk: Blog Community from ADVANCE! Our blog community offers interactive blogs written by PT professionals and our editorial staff. We look forward to hearing more about the rehabilitation field from your point of view. Blogs will discuss issues related to the field, current events and other fun & candid observations. We have provided a comment section so you can voice your opinions and submit feedback. Happy blogging!
September 29, 2014 6:11 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Last week's blog was about my nervousness going into the first clinic week. I'm happy to report that all of my anxiety was for nothing, I had a great 8 hours in the clinic! The professors did quiz us a lot, but not knowing the answers wasn't a big deal and I identified my weaknesses. More importantly, ...

September 26, 2014 2:56 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

I recently had a conversation with a small group of close friends and former colleagues who also happen to be PTAs. As we're all kindred spirits at this point, having worked closely together in a SNF setting for years -- we laughed and commiserated over our shared experiences. One of my friends posed the question to us all regarding our opinions on working with a patient who is "end of life."

She explained ...

September 26, 2014 1:13 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

When I was in high school, I worked at a local camera and photo studio -- it was a really fun job. I learned how to develop film and pick out mats for framing. It was probably where I developed my organizational skills, by following the rules of the shop to keep all the film negatives in order and prepared for customers to pick up. The business was family-owned and eventually closed while I was in college, largely ...

September 25, 2014 4:00 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

I recently changed from one employer to the next. I still work at the same facility but rather than working for a contract company, I work as an "in-house" therapist. There was no real change in the caseload or patients I see, so the transition was relatively flawless in that regard. The other big advantage I wish other employers would do as well is that I didn't have a waiting period for medical, dental or vision. ...

September 24, 2014 5:43 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

Just recently a friend of mine celebrated a significant birthday. I celebrated the same one a year ago. Something about turning this age propelled us both to contemplate the future in a different way than younger "landmark" birthdays had done. What to do with the time that is left? This article takes an interesting ...

September 24, 2014 5:10 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I've been watching a familiar scenario play out over the past few weeks. The wife of one of my seriously ill patients has been living a dual life. She simultaneously stays at the hospital all day to care for her husband while racing home to raise three children. Every time I see her she looks more exhausted.

Trying to be Wonder Woman isn't new among caregivers. Over the years I've seen many women, and some ...

September 23, 2014 5:13 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This coming week is my first "clinic week." My understanding is that my program is unique because they incorporate clinical experiences beginning in our second semester and each semester afterward. This week, I will spend two afternoons in the outpatient clinic on campus where they see a largely athletic population. I'm nervous about this experience for a few reasons.

First of all, this is also our first week ...

September 18, 2014 5:37 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

I was plugged into the news last week in anticipation of the Apple event where the iPhone 6 and iWatch products were announced. I look forward to learning about new technology and have grown to look forward to the events hosted by Apple (and other tech companies) each year. What excites me about the new Apple line, more than the other enhancements, is the new HealthKit app.

I like things that make living a ...

September 18, 2014 4:13 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

At what point do patients give up doing things for themselves? I've seen patients sit still while their spouse dresses them and combs their hair. One even admitted she brushes the other's teeth for him. I completely understand if the other person was incapable of assisting or was incapacitated in some way, but these are grown adults with functional limbs and they're aware enough to allow this to go on.

Some ...

September 17, 2014 3:51 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I've previously mentioned my disappointing stroke patient. First he had a stroke. Then he had almost every possible complication. Finally he's doing better and getting ready to go to rehab. Everyone agrees he needs to go to rehab. Now there's disagreement about which one.

In Houston ...

September 17, 2014 12:25 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

There is currently a huge issue facing Britain as Scotland votes this week on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. While watching a debate on the BBC this morning, I learned about something else that could have devastating effects on the National Health Service. That something is the EU/US Free Trade Agreement or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Interestingly, Alex Salmond, the first Minister ...

September 15, 2014 6:18 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Over the weekend, I attended the Florida Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The conference ran from September 11-14, and it was a great few days.

I attended an interactive "Speed Dating" session where we got six 15-minute Q & A's with various PTs on different topics like Practice and Advocacy, the Chapter Caucus, the Assembly of Representatives, and two lectures. The first ...

September 12, 2014 2:31 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

Over the past few years, I've written many-a-blog on the subject of patients refusing therapy. I've discussed different approach techniques and tactics, depending on the patient, which might help improve compliance.

This week, I was the recipient of (arguably) the most creative "decline" as to why a patient could not do therapy. As I approached this 80-year-old woman who was seated on the edge of her bed, ...

September 12, 2014 10:45 AM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

I toured an outpatient rehab facility a few years ago and was brought into a room that was used mainly for storage, and sometimes for wound care. There was a smaller whirlpool in the corner and a moderate amount of wound care dressing supplies and handouts for patients regarding wound care pathologies, symptoms and treatments. The tour guide (a therapist at the facility) explained that wound care was an occasional ...

September 11, 2014 11:02 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

Pay scales are all over the chart in the therapy profession, yet reimbursements in most states are the same whether a PT or PTA (and sometimes an aide) treats the patient. So, should the PT still make more than the PTA?

The argument over the higher education does not seem significant when there are PTAs with master's degrees working under a BSPT, as I have done in the past. And if education is the reason to ...

September 9, 2014 5:27 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

Even though I'm living in England and enjoy the national health insurance, I still follow what is going on in the USA insurance market. I read a disturbing article in the New York Times this week about ...

September 9, 2014 3:30 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

No, I'm not the one using a wheelchair. One of my fellow therapists is. She has chronic knee and ankle problems. It started out as wearing a walking boot, then progressed to a knee brace and either a walker or a wheelchair to get around. She chose the wheelchair.

The rest of us don't know what to think about this. She says her problem is walking across the facility. The distances are so great that walking ...

September 8, 2014 2:59 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

Today, I heard from an old friend and realized that I'm having a hard time keeping up with relationships outside of school. Last week, I got home at 8 p.m. or later every night, even on Sunday because we had a fundraiser event! In sum, I'm on campus at least 50 hours a week. It can be so consuming that we often refer to our non-PT friends as the "real-life" friends, and I definitely miss mine!

In fact, I'm ...

September 4, 2014 3:39 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

With today's technology, there's no reason for therapists to sit and wait for equipment to be delivered through a third party. When every therapy department has a 3-D printer, we can receive a 3-D fax that will print up the equipment we ordered. Knee braces, walkers, extra parts for broken equipment, you name it and we'll have it.

X-rays will no longer have to be a specialty for someone to come into the facility. ...

September 4, 2014 1:20 PM by Lisa Mueller of Raising the Bar in Rehab

I brought home a new dog last week -- a beautiful 2-year-old affectionate and sedentary English bulldog named Darcy. After a few years of talking about getting a pet, I decided to look more into some breeders and came across Darcy. We decided she seemed like the right pet for us and the right time in our lives to add both responsibility and joy to our lives.

Within a few days we were visiting with the owners, ...

September 3, 2014 5:01 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I'm now participating in monthly conference calls for advocacy for physical therapy. Participating might be too strong a word. I listen. Others report. As a result, I've learned that much effort is being put into eliminating the therapy cap and other reimbursement issues.

At the end of the call, the facilitator encouraged everyone to keep talking to their elected officials. We were told our big ask this month ...

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 ...

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 ...



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.