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Chronic pain is becoming a worsening problem in America, with 14.6% of the population living with symptoms daily. Currently, the first line of defense against the condition is through the prescription of opioids such as transdermal fentanyl, and extended-release versions of opioids such as oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and morphine. While they do alleviate symptoms of the condition, they also have an increased ...

 

ANAHEIM, CA -- Today at CSM, in a lecture titled "Transforming the Role of the PTA to Meet the Vision of the Physical Therapy Profession," speakers Jennifer Jewell, PT, DPT, Beverly Labosky, PTA, BA, Pamela Pologruto, PT, DPT, and Gina Tarud, PT, DPT, took a look at how the role of the PTA should meet the APTA's new vision: transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.

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ANAHEIM, CA -- Diane Jette, PT, DPT, DSc, FAPTA presented the thought-provoking lecture, "Unflattening," tonight for the Pauline Cerasoli Lecture. The title was named after the book Unflattening by Nick Souzanis, a novel that presents a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge. This was directly related to Jette's thoughts and ideas on higher education. She showed a video from ...


 

ANAHEIM, CA -- Language, both verbal and non-verbal, are important tools in the therapist-client relationship. In a lecture called "Words Mean Things: How Communication Impacts Clinical Results" given by Kevin Lulofs-MacPherson, PT, DPT, OCS, Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, and Tim Flynn, PT, PhD, we learned the value of language and how it can affect the outcomes of a therapist's client.

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ANAHEIM, CA -- As most of you know, the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is underway, and ADVANCE is excited to be here to cover the happenings of the nation's largest conference for physical therapy. According to the CSM website, this year's conference has brought over 10,000 professionals from all around the country to join in learning and celebrating the physical therapy profession, and to hear from ...


 

Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await "The 100 Best Jobs" ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for physical and occupational therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic ...


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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology released a study on Tuesday which suggested that the current standard of care for early-stage Parkinson's patients may be a waste of time and money. The study said that both PT and OT offer "no improvement of quality of life" and that there were no "short or medium-term ...

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The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Dallas, issued an interesting press release Dec. 18 related to the hot-button issue of head impacts in football. The release stated:

"Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this a ...


 
December 16, 2015 6:04 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last week I heard a statistic about obesity in the United States. Currently 36% of all Americans are obese, with the number higher in the older population, according to a recent survey. I don't know if the number is accurate but it's probably close. That is a scary number for PTs since the majority of our patient population falls into the older category.

Obesity has become more and more common in our patients. ...


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This guest blog was written by Cary Edgar, JD, president of PT Management Support Systems.

In 2011, I published an editorial in ADVANCE explaining why the APTA's decades-long campaign against physician-owned physical therapy services (POPTS) is unfounded, misguided, and ultimately self-destructive.1 The APTA has continued its campaign against POPTS and continued to cite outdated studies as ...


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December 11, 2015 3:54 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

"No good deed goes unpunished."

I learned this week how true that saying is. A couple of weeks ago I gave a new graduate therapist a piece of advice. I thought I was telling it to him in confidence. I didn't think much about it. I didn't want him to get caught up in a situation at the facility.

It seemed so simple and unimportant. In fact I forgot I had said anything until I received a call ...


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December 3, 2015 5:11 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Today the answer is yes, particularly if the patient is a resident of the facility who went out with a medical problem. Not only do these patients need therapy, they need to be on caseload as long as possible. It is the only way a SNF can survive.

Years ago, what I refer to as "back in the day," we had the same scenario. We were encouraged to pick up all Part A patients. The difference was they weren't on ...


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November 18, 2015 5:11 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

My post last month, "The DPT: How Did They Miss This?" has generated numerous comments on the ADVANCE website, almost entirely from readers who agreed with its content. One exception, however, was an assistant professor of physical therapy who stated that making the DPT a mandatory entry-level degree ...


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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists.

The release stated: "In a 'Flash Action' effort led by students from PT and PTA education ...


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November 11, 2015 2:38 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Besides volunteering recently at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference, I also had a chance to meet with both professionals and students. It turned out the number of PT schools is a hot topic in the profession. The answer depends on who you ask.

Students and would-be students both think there aren't enough schools. They complain about how hard it is to be accepted. Some of the locations ...


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October 28, 2015 4:25 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last weekend was the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. Before the conference began, I attended a board meeting. Among the items on the agenda was a nomination to the APTA. Being curious, I asked what the process was to be nominated to run for a national office.

The process is long. In order to run for a national office, a candidate must be nominated by either the chief delegate of the state ...


 
October 21, 2015 12:36 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

The more I talk to therapists around the country, the more I get the impression very few of us think that requiring the DPT as the entry-level degree for the profession was a good idea. Taken apart from other issues, the DPT is a good thing. But as the required degree, it created a problem. The market did not and does not support it.

Several years ago when the rollout was being planned, the APTA told us it ...


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October 14, 2015 12:14 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I just got back from a teaching trip in two larger cities near Lake Erie. I was lucky in that I was able to eat lunch with some of the attendees. Both times the discussion eventually turned to concerns about our profession. They had a different perspective than I do.

In that area, new graduates don't hold out for more money. They accept jobs that pay less, which I was told drives down salaries across the board. ...


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This guest blog post was written by Jerry Henderson, PT, vice president of clinical community at Clinicient in Portland, Ore.

I personally believe that our profession is an excellent value. That is, our efforts provide a great benefit for the cost. Unfortunately, regardless of the conviction of my beliefs, we have an obligation to prove it to payers and, more importantly, to the consumer. Believing ...


 

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an Oct. 8 press release detailing how the organization has spoken out in The New York Times (NYT). This initiative was precipitated by recent reports that skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are taking advantage of Medicare billing policies. The ...


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October 7, 2015 4:27 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

On my way home from work today, I stopped at the grocery store. As I was walking to the front door, a woman stopped me. She had one of those electric shopping carts and asked if I would please drive it back into the store for her. I must have looked shocked but after a quick driving lesson, I got the thing into the store.

I was kind of embarrassed as I was driving. I obviously didn't need to use one. Then ...


 
September 30, 2015 3:46 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

My hospital serves a large population of non-English-speaking patients. At any given time, one-third to one-half of my caseload speaks Spanish. As a result, the Interpreter Services Department was created. They either employ or contract for interpreters in almost every language. This includes sign language. We are supposed to use these translators or a telephone-based language line whenever we work with a non-English-speaking ...


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September 23, 2015 5:43 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I wish someone could explain this to me. The baby boomers are aging. Each year, millions more of them will become eligible for Medicare. Instead of increasing funding to cover everyone at current levels, the government is decreasing the funding. Everyone will still get funding but with less coverage.

As physical therapists, we know the aging population will need our services. Years ago we talked about the ...


 

Yoga and Pilates are both well known in the therapy world and are often used as a complementary activity for patients with chronic pain and long-term conditions. Not many people, however, use Tai Chi as an example of such exercises - but maybe they should start.

The British Journal of Sports and Medicine published a systematic review on the effects of Tai Chi on four specific chronic conditions: osteoarthritis, ...


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ABOUT OUR BLOGS

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!

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.

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.