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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Therapy Team
by Brian Ferrie
Last month saw a unique occurrence for ADVANCE . In an effort to highlight interdisciplinary collaboration, we scheduled a staff-written article to be the cover story of two different publications , ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners (Feb. Read More...
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Infant Brachial Plexopathy Treatment is not 'Cookie Cutter'
by Brian Ferrie
The following post was written by ADVANCE guest blogger Brian Knutsen, OTR/L, CHT, president of Buzzards Bay Hand Therapy LLC, located in Marion and Lexington, MA. SAN DIEGO -- One of Tuesday's hand rehab sessions, "Infant Brachial Plexopathy: Nonsurgical Read More...
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Presidential Perspective
by Brian Ferrie
ST. LOUIS, MO -- The 63rd National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia is underway in the Gateway City amid a scorching heat wave. With the temperature outside climbing to 106 degrees (seriously, 106!), one of Read More...
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Bald & Beautiful for Cancer
by Rebecca Mayer
On Friday afternoon, like so many others, I set off on a trip for the holiday weekend. I was driving North on Interstate 95 just south of Boston, MA, and my breath was taken away by a billboard. Yes, a billboard. I haven't been able to shake the image Read More...
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Come Sail Away
by Rebecca Mayer
Leisure activities are important in the development and fulfillment of a person's life. Research has shown that how one chooses to spend his leisure time may have a greater impact on quality of life than any other area of behavior and experience. In keeping Read More...
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How to Boost Your Referrals
by Rebecca Mayer
Have you noticed a decrease in referrals lately? Are you blaming the economy? Well, surely tough economic times factor into the equation but are you certain that your facility is doing everything possible to maximize referrals? Industry experts contend Read More...
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I Registered to Save a Stranger's Life
by Rebecca Mayer
For me, all it took was hearing that a 5-year-old little girl in my area was battling cancer for the second time. Without a moment's hesitation, I drove to the girl's elementary school. I filled out paperwork, stood in line with hundreds of other people Read More...
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One PTA's Wish This Holiday Season
by Rebecca Mayer
Dubbed the 2010 PT Fundraising Drive, donations are being collected throughout Rhode Island to benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation . With a long history of individual charitable pursuits, Kevin Silvia, PTA, CSCS, of Performance Physical Read More...
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Take Five Minutes of Your Day
by Rebecca Mayer
I spent a portion of my day fighting to swallow the big emotional lump in my throat and choke back tears as I attended the last of a 2010 lecture series at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia. Surrounded by health care workers from every corner Read More...
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Improved Access for Patients
by Rebecca Mayer
The services offered by outpatient rehab facilities need to be considered and revamped regularly. But when was the last time that the physical space's impact on access to care was taken into consideration? The outpatient rehabilitation center at UCLA Read More...
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Are You Ready for Fall?
by Rebecca Mayer
Physical therapists across the country are beginning to gear up for National Physical Therapy Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of October each year. Come October, thousands of PTs nationwide will band together to help increase community Read More...
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Do You Measure Up?
by Rebecca Mayer
A pitiful 3 percent of 153,000 respondents in a study by Michigan State University met the characteristics of a healthy lifestyle. According to the study, a healthy lifestyle is defined by four basic standards: Not smoking Holding weight down Eating right Read More...
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Do You Promote Health Literacy?
by Cheryl McEvoy
Do you suffer from medical mouth? It's a common condition that crops up in exam rooms and around clinician offices. Symptoms include chronic bouts of medical terminology and spontaneous reference to inaccessible research. Side effects include reduced Read More...
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Maintaining Motivation in Physical Therapy
by Cheryl McEvoy
Why don't physical therapists get mad? Because they have a lot of patients! Bad joke, I know, but it's kind of true. Physical therapy is a long and often frustrating process, for both the patient and the practitioner, so any of you bearing the Bosu ball Read More...
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Therapy Needs in Haiti
by Lisa Lombardo
I received a somewhat frantic letter this past week from a physical therapist who wanted to help others reach out to help the many survivors of the earthquake and aftershocks that hit Haiti last month. Lora Boone, a PT who recently volunteered in Haiti, Read More...
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