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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!
April 23, 2014 4:09 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

When United Parcel Service (UPS) began to collect data on drivers and their trucks, there were some improvements. These included no more key locks in doors because they slowed the drivers down and use of a computer clipboard that also held data on how the truck was loaded and the best routes to take to deliver the packages. Productivity went from 90 package deliveries a day to 120. The sensors in the truck also monitored ...

April 22, 2014 4:35 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had someone who disrupted the class.

I encourage questions and discussion with attendees. This time I got something different. We were talking about pushers. She ...

April 22, 2014 3:58 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

A large part of my current position involves reducing the risk of falling for people in the community as well as those residing in care homes. That's what prevention is all about -- reducing risk. Not long ago, I received a phone call from an irate physician who took offense that a mere physiotherapist would write him a letter detailing which medications were potential culprits in the patient's falling.

"Are ...

April 21, 2014 4:25 PM by Lauren Rosso of Journey of a DPT Student

I completed my final day of clinical... ever. I'll never have to sign "SPT" again. I won't need to have notes cosigned. And I will never, ever fill out a self-assessment of clinical skills again. I feel like I suddenly grew up, got kicked out of the house, and all I'm really waiting for is a small piece of paper to tell me that I'm on my own.

It's an incredible feeling, but the reality of it all is about ...

April 18, 2014 5:01 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or third career.

For those seeking direction about entering the ...

April 17, 2014 4:16 PM by Lisa Mueller of PT and the City

One of my student clinical rotations was at a smaller physical therapy outpatient clinic with just three staff members who managed all aspects of the operations. They all worked seamlessly together and the patients had a lot of fun during their appointments, partially because their therapists were very knowledgeable about every aspect of the business. As I think about that facility now, I have even more respect for ...

April 17, 2014 1:34 PM by Michael Kelley of PT on the Run

In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park as fast as my little legs could carry my 4-foot-and-change, 50-something-pound body. From that day forward, I was hooked. As humans we are by nature social creatures. ...

April 16, 2014 5:59 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring another person doesn't seem logical, but it is.

A good PT aide will get patients up and ready and will have the patient in the gym as you walk through the ...

April 15, 2014 3:07 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

A few months back, a member of my family was in a business meeting when suddenly his right hand became spastic. He looked at the person he was meeting with and couldn't figure out why he was there or what they had been talking about for half an hour. He was having a stroke.

He was rushed to the local hospital in Florida and immediately received wonderful treatment in the emergency room. His wife joined him ...

April 15, 2014 2:46 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I was asked this question on Sunday by someone who doesn't know me very well. I had to stop and think a minute before replying. The answer is I don't remember. I remember applying to PT school. I remember PT school. I remember deciding I liked acute care the best. Yet I don't remember why I made a decision that has shaped my life for many years.

Now I'm wondering if I would give the same answer if asked today ...

April 14, 2014 5:05 PM by Lauren Rosso of Journey of a DPT Student

With one week left until graduation, I had my most challenging patient-care conversation since starting PT school. One of my current patients, whom I happened to work with in inpatient rehabilitation during my previous clinical rotation, is a very complex case. He suffered an anoxic brain injury that unfortunately was complicated by a transfemoral amputation with a very short residual limb. On top of that, his hospital ...

April 11, 2014 4:27 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

Well, I'm finishing my first week at a new facility and still trying to catch my breath. For those readers not familiar with my professional exploits, I resigned from a PTA position that I held for three years and started working in a similar setting (skilled nursing, long-term care) just this past week. ...

April 11, 2014 3:21 PM by Lisa Mueller of PT and the City

When I was in my outpatient neuro clinical rotation I learned a lot from my instructor about PNF skills as well as standing, kneeling and seated balance training. It was a lot of hands-on work and we didn't use a lot of equipment other than parallel bars and balance pads, and a mat table. The clinic set-up was simple yet effective; patients had what they needed but not a lot of high-tech gadgets I've seen at other ...

April 10, 2014 4:12 PM by Michael Kelley of PT on the Run

We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded "dizziness." It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety of physiologic and even psychological issues. I personally have seen patients with a primary complaint of dizziness who have had cardiac issues, neurologic issues, psychological ...

April 9, 2014 5:35 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

I have heard nursing staff, therapists and even social services tell patients they are not allowed to leave the facility or they'll lose their benefits for Medicare. Simply not true, and, in fact, Medicare makes it clear facilities should not tell patients that leaving the facility will lead to loss of coverage.

Patients can leave the facility for the purpose of attending a special religious service, eating ...

April 9, 2014 2:05 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

I was doing some research on a particular activity this week... head rolls. Not the soft round things one puts under one's neck to maintain the curve while supine, but the act of rolling the head around as an exercise or activity. I did this because I read an article in the popular press that said, "even physiotherapists say you shouldn't do head rolls anymore. They're too dangerous!" I thought about it, and although ...

April 8, 2014 4:05 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

It's that time of year again. The company that I teach for is requesting submissions for an education summit next year. I'm supposed to select a topic, describe what it is and why I think people would be interested. Then I submit that and five references no more than a year or two old. They try to present newer information.

The problem is I can't think of topics. Each presentation is two hours. I teach a six-hour ...

April 7, 2014 3:55 PM by Lauren Rosso of Journey of a DPT Student

I'm happy to report that my interview went well enough to yield the ultimate goal -- a job offer! I got two calls on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), one at work and one on my cell phone, however managed to miss both. Not my best performance, but maybe I would have thought it was a joke if I actually ...

April 4, 2014 3:49 PM by Allison Young of Life of a PTA

As we all know, maintaining our patients' personal and health information private is mandated by HIPAA laws and frankly, common sense. I would be less likely to disclose a patient's name to an unknown visitor than hand my credit card to a stranger on the street. Often though, I find myself abbreviating my own "history" to inquiring patients.

Having recently gone through a divorce, I shy away from discussing ...

April 3, 2014 1:08 PM by Lisa Mueller of PT and the City

Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on "greener pastures."

We all often consider the pros and cons of various ...

April 2, 2014 4:01 PM by Michael Kelley of PT on the Run

Have you all seen what has been going on in Russia the last few weeks? No, not all that business with the Ukraine and Crimea (although honestly when was the last time one country just up and annexed part of another country? Seriously, it's been a while!). But I'm talking about the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. After all the pomp and circumstance of the "regular" Olympic Games back in February, the "disabled" ...

April 2, 2014 2:48 PM by Jason Marketti of PTA Blog Talk

If multiple Presidential administrations can find money for wars and conflicts to participate in, certainly there should be money available to feed, house, clothe and provide basic medical needs to the poor who live in the United States. When America can provide billions of dollars in aid to other countries but lacks basic health services to large groups at home, I scratch my head and wonder where the priorities are. ...

April 1, 2014 6:26 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

If you've read my last blog, which ranged from Facebook to Adweek, you may wonder what all that had to do with PT? Reasonable question actually. Physical therapy has the potential to impact greatly on improved health outcomes for every country. On the whole, we tend to be a reactive ...

April 1, 2014 5:14 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to leave work in time to make a lesson. And obviously one of the reasons I work as much as I do is to support my hobby.

Next month will be the first time there's ...

March 31, 2014 6:34 PM by Lauren Rosso of Journey of a DPT Student

I sat for my first interview on Friday. I was sweating the entire time. I wore a scarf and had to take it off. I usually don't get very nervous for interviews, but for some reason when the interviewer started to go through the benefits packages, I started to realize how important the next 1-2 hours were going to be. Health insurance, you say? You mean I won't just use what the university offers? 401K matching? Percentages, ...



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.