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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Working Out “On the Clock”
by Cheryl McEvoy
Drive to work, punch in and...hit the gym? For physical therapists, sure, but for anyone outside the therapy realm, working out on the job is an unusual concept. Not so at Volkswagen's new U.S. plant, where exercise is a required part of orientation. Read More...
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The Biggest Loser: America
by Cheryl McEvoy
The U.S. may holding strong in the World Cup, but it's been trounced in the global health care arena. A report released two days ago by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the U.S. last in health care quality and efficiency when compared to six other developed Read More...
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Harnessing Power for Gait Analysis
by Cheryl McEvoy
It's a question every physical therapy practice must face: How much are you willing to spend? High-cost, high-tech tools offer the wow factor, and (hopefully) better odds for a positive outcome. But, as trends like yoga and Reiki have shown, sometimes, Read More...
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Man With CP Could Be Oprah's Next Star
by Cheryl McEvoy
Last week, while other staff members were in Boston for PT 2010 , I was here at the office. It was quiet. Eerily so. Luckily, I found this story to liven things up. Zach Anner, a former University of Texas student with cerebral palsy, is hoping to be Read More...
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PT for Pitchers
by Brian Ferrie
One of the most anticipated continuing education sessions at PT 2010 was "Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder in Athletes Participating in Overhead Sports." It was a treat for the audience to learn from two true experts on the subject: Michael M. Read More...
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Your (Non) Words Can Be Used Against You
by Lisa Lombardo
At PT 2010, some clinicians posed a question for their colleagues: Is it possible to cause harm to a patient, even when you get everything right? The answer, unfortunately, is yes, said Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, JD, MBA. She and Michael Loughran, president Read More...
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Maley Lecturer: Temper EBM with Therapist Experience
by Jon Bassett
While evidence-based medicine forms the cornerstone of clinical excellence, it should not erase patient values and therapist experiences when making clinical care decisions, argued the speaker of the APTA's 15th Annual Maley Lecture, addressing colleagues Read More...
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So You Want to Be an Ethical Practitioner?
by Lisa Lombardo
Ever been present on the job where you witnessed a coworker--or even your boss--doing something either unethical or downright illegal? Even wondered what you would be obligated to report in such an instance? At PT 2010, some therapists got the chance Read More...
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Daschle Praises Health Bill, Sees 'Bright Future' for PTs
by Jon Bassett
BOSTON--A packed house listened as former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle outlined the effect of the recently passed health care bill, and what it will mean to physical therapists going forward, during the opening keynote address of PT 2010. "APTA has always Read More...
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Studies Hit Hard on Concussion Risks
by Cheryl McEvoy
To sports enthusiasts, there's nothing more satisfying than hearing the smack of helmets in a heated football game. That is, unless the head under that helmet belongs to your kid. In that case, it's a terrifying reminder of how delicate the brain is, Read More...
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Getting Started
by Brian Ferrie
BOSTON-- We're in historic Beantown for PT 2010. The city sidewalks are bustling and apparently there's a baseball team called the Red Sox that people around here seem to like. Who knew? The conference kicked off with opening ceremonies last night as Read More...
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PT 2010: We're Off to Boston!
by Lisa Lombardo
The ADVANCE staff is headed to Boston for APTA's annual summer conference, and it promises to hold some interesting times, both on a professional and personal level. We've headed north to Beantown often for the conference and it is always a good time, Read More...
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Click or Treat
by Cheryl McEvoy
There are two sides to every story. Last week, we shared some of the risks text messaging poses to hand health and what organizations are doing to help teens avoid injury. This week, we take a different look at the texting trend--one that works with, Read More...
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The Dangers of Text Messaging
by Cheryl McEvoy
I didn't get a cell phone until I was 17, and that was solely because I got my driver's license and my parents couldn't bear to send me on the road without some communication device. Less than 10 years later, kids a third my age are toting Smartphones Read More...
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PT 2010: Hot Topics 3
by Cheryl McEvoy
[Editor's note: This is the final session in our series of Hot Topic recommendations for PT 2010 attendees. For more Hot Topics and blog posts related to the American Physical Therapy Association's annual conference, click here . Also, make sure to check Read More...
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Brutal Bike Race in Philadelphia
by Cheryl McEvoy
Yesterday was the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Championship . It's touted as "the longest running and most important single-day cycling road race in the United States," consisting of 10 laps around a 14.4-mile track, plus another three laps Read More...
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PT 2010: Hot Topics 2
by Cheryl McEvoy
[Editor's note: This is the second part in a series of Hot Topic recommendations for PT 2010 attendees. For more Hot Topics and blog posts related to the American Physical Therapy Association's annual conference, click here . Also, make sure to check Read More...
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Stories of Inspiration
by Rebecca Mayer
Tomorrow, John Cool, 43, of Allentown, PA, will get on his bike in Tustin, Calif., to kick off a cycling tour that averages 60 to 80 miles per day over 54 days and ends in Vero Beach, Fla. The mileage alone is impressive. But what's more impressive is Read More...
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