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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Law Passes Requiring PTA Licensure in Michigan
by Brian Ferrie
According to the June 26 PT Bulletin Online from the APTA, Michigan has passed legislation to license PTAs. Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed SB 151 into law on June 25, requiring PTAs to obtain state licensure. With this move, Michigan becomes Read More...
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Don’t Be a Weekend Warrior
by Elizabeth Puliti
With the shift to warm weather, people of all ages start thinking exercise. Before your older patients take their exercise routine outdoors, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons this week advised baby boomers not to overdo it. In a press release, Read More...
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CT Nursing Home Lawsuits Involve Lack of PT
by Lauren Fritsky
There's an interesting story out of Connecticut from this weekend. It involves a nursing home facing lawsuits for neglecting two patients, both of whom died. In the first, part of the argument is that the client did not receive "medically necessary physical Read More...
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Maley Lecture Emphasizes Health Care Reform
by Elizabeth Puliti
BALTIMORE--On Friday, June 12, Helene M. Fearon, PT, was honored with the 14 th annual Maley Lecture. Since 1996, this lecture has been an integral part of APTA's annual conference. Fearon, a graduate of Marquette University's physical therapy program Read More...
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Identity Heft: What About all Those Credentials?
by Lisa Lombardo
BALTIMORE--The promoters of the PT 2009 Second Annual Oxford Debate promised a rocking argumentative good time-and they delivered on Friday June 12 to a packed room of conference attendees who happily hooted and hollered approval or disapproval for their Read More...
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Healing Environment
by Rebecca Mayer
BALTIMORE-Adding to a plethora of activities in Baltimore, the ADVANCE staff attended a reception celebrating Kennedy Krieger Institute's newly opened outpatient center. The state-of-the-art facility was designed to improve and expand the services offered Read More...
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You Are the Brand!
by Brian Ferrie
BALTIMORE--On Friday morning at PT 2009, three speakers collaborated to present "You Are the Brand: Learn It. Live It!" That brand, first introduced by APTA at the 2009 Combined Sections Meeting in February, is "Move Forward. Physical Therapy Brings Motion Read More...
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Regulations: Are They a Necessary ‘Evil’?
by Lisa Lombardo
BALTIMORE--Do we really need all of the regulations Medicare and the physician fee schedule places on the PT profession-or do the regulations just make practicing PT more cumbersome and confusing? Likely a little bit of both, according to the panelists Read More...
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Female Athletes and the ACL
by Elizabeth Puliti
BALTIMORE--In their session this morning, Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, FACSM and Terry Malone, PT, EdD, ATC, FAPTA, discussed how and why female athletes who participate in jumping and pivoting sports are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain a knee ligament Read More...
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The 40th McMillan Lecture
by Brian Ferrie
BALTIMORE-Here in Charm City, the PT 2009 conference is off to an energetic start. At 11 a.m. today, Carolee J. Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA, presented the 40 th McMillan Lecture. This lecture is considered APTA's highest honor, recognizing somebody who has Read More...
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Gingrich Speaks of ‘Challenge for America’
by Lisa Lombardo
BALTIMORE--What's the difference 20 years can make? As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pointed out Wednesday night while making the keynote address at PT 2009, one need only look at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. "The area's growth over the past Read More...
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APTA President Challenges PTs and PTAs to ‘See Possibilities’
by Lisa Lombardo
BALTIMORE--On Wednesday, June 10, R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, addressed attendees of PT 2009, welcoming them to the city of Baltimore. "We can look forward to all this historic city has to offer. It is experiencing a true renaissance and APTA is proud to Read More...
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Off to Baltimore!
by Lisa Lombardo
The last time I was in Baltimore I was struck by how open and inviting the city was, especially the Inner Harbor area. There was a lot to explore but since I was on a business trip at the time I didn't have a lot of free opportunity to see the town outside Read More...
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Make the Most of PT 2009!
by Elizabeth Puliti
Heading to the conference this week? Here are a few don't-miss events from ADVANCE's PT 2009 at-a-glance calendar : Wednesday, June 10, 5:30-7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies PT 2009 kicks off with APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, highlighting the advances Read More...
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Don’t Miss the Debates!
by Lisa Lombardo
To quote French writer Joseph Joubert, "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." That is definitely the spirit of the two debates held each year at APTA's annual conference. I have had the opportunity Read More...
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Future of Home Health PT Lies in Recruitment
by Lisa Lombardo
While the population of the United States continues to age rapidly, with the baby boomer generation reaching their 60s, 70s and 80s in large mass, the amount of students entering into home health physical therapy seems to be dropping. This population Read More...
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APTA 2009: Here We Come!
by Elizabeth Puliti
The ADVANCE for PT editors are getting ready to board the train to Baltimore! From June 10-13, the American Physical Therapy Association's 2009 conference will take place in "Charm City" at the Baltimore Convention Center. We plan to take part in key Read More...
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In the Swing of Things
by Rebecca Mayer
With the golf season in full swing, many physical therapists have turned their attention to the needs of patients who participate in this sport or those who may be looking to return to the course. According to the American Physical Therapy Association Read More...
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