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October 22, 2014 12:56 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become PTs. How cool is that?

The first class will begin next fall. It ...

October 21, 2014 4:32 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the things that struck a chord with me during the Physiotherapy UK conference last weekend was the number of lay people present and involved on committees. There is a culture of involving service users on all decisions regarding health and social care here in England. I like it. It helps keep professionals from over-medicalizing everything and reminds us of why we do what we do and for whom we work.

When ...

October 20, 2014 5:23 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This weekend, I completed my first service learning activity. Along with a team of two other girls from different programs, we presented to approximately 40 high school students about what diabetes is and how to prevent it. My portion of the presentation was on "Exercise and Diabetes."

While service learning activities are a requirement of my program, I still really enjoyed the activity. The students were ...

October 17, 2014 4:30 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

Last month, I began working with a unique and challenging patient at my facility. The person in question had not been out of bed since early spring, had serious comorbidities including permanent ROM limitation of most joints, chronic pain and (not surprisingly) was of a bariatric size. Having read this patient's POC goals, I was already frustrated without even one treatment session being completed.

Bed mobility ...

October 16, 2014 4:03 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

Working with patients to achieve goals for increased independence and a way to get back home is what I do. When patients want to deviate from their goals, I don't mind but often have to redirect their efforts so the short-term goals can be met. I will discuss a patient's progress weekly (or more frequently, depending on the patient and diagnosis) with the PT to ensure the patient is on track to what the expectations ...

October 15, 2014 6:01 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

When I earned my DPT, I also earned the right to be called doctor. I must include the clarification that I'm a doctor of physical therapy. The same is true for doctors of pharmacology. I continue to find this amusing because most of my patients can't remember their names. They certainly aren't going to remember the difference.

Whether or not I use the title, I'm entitled to it. This is not true of PAs. In ...

October 14, 2014 5:04 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

One of the toughest parts of PT school is staying on top of my routine. Aside from school-related studying and activities, I prioritize weightlifting, eating as healthy as I can and finding time to spend with friends. Here are some ways I stay on top of it:

? Become a morning person. I've been forced to become a morning person, waking up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. to pack for the day and go to the gym before ...

October 13, 2014 4:39 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

This weekend was the Physiotherapy UK 2014 conference in Birmingham. For the first time ever, I presented a poster that had been peer-reviewed. It felt really good to be able to give something back to the profession from my work. It was the culmination of two years worth of work, studying the patients who had come through our falls clinic, analyzing the data, and writing up the report.

We wanted to know how ...

October 9, 2014 12:13 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

A PT can come to the facility and decide not to follow any of the previous treatments or goals, and may decide to change many aspects of the treatment program. This isn't inherently wrong since the PT is responsible for the patients, but if the treatments include Kegel exercises where the expectation is for me to palpate regions I normally don't on patients, I won't do it.

For any modality or treatment that ...

October 8, 2014 5:06 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last week I wrote about my latest conflict at work. The others want to use capital budget to purchase a mechanical lift. I am opposed because mechanical lift transfers aren't functional. The patient is a passive participant.

Last Saturday I was teaching a course in Florida. During the ...

October 8, 2014 4:14 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This week I was awarded a grant to attend the National Student Conclave. The grant covers airfare, hotel and registration to the conference. Of course, I was very happy to receive the grant but was also eager to share with my peers the benefits of being involved. The grant was through my university and any student, from any program, wanting to attend a professional conference was eligible. However, I was the only ...

October 2, 2014 4:52 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

If someone told us in 1769 there would be horseless carriages (automobiles), we may have laughed and dismissed that person as a lunatic. Would you have believed someone if he told you back in 1969 that linking four universities would eventually lead to the Internet? What about if a Star Trek fan told you 20 years ago that the use of replicators was real and long lists of reports could be put on a handheld device ...

October 1, 2014 3:42 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the great benefits of living in England is that the rest of Europe is very close by. I got to enjoy a mini-break in Amsterdam this weekend while my partner gave a speech for his work. The last time I was in Amsterdam was on Yom Kippur, the one day of the year the Anne Frank house is closed. I was not missing it this time! It was an hour-and-a-half in the queue, but well worth it.

This is one of those ...

September 30, 2014 5:32 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

My facility is looking at capital budget for next year. We've all been asked to submit requests for equipment. The process is pretty simple. We submit a list of items we desperately need. Later we're told we can have one or two of them sometime during the next year. Usually I limit my requests to more wheelchairs and wheelchair cushions.

This year we have a conflict. Some of the other therapists are requesting ...

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 ...



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.