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Balenger Inspires at APTA NEXT 2016
by Katherine Bortz
The APTA NEXT 2016 conference kicked off on June 8 with an inspiring story of how physical therapy can truly transform lives. Nick Balenger was vacationing in Hawaii when he dove into the ocean. Instead of plummeting into deep water, he hit the sandbar Read More...
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Dormant Butt Syndrome
by Dillon Stickle
There are many reasons a person might be experiencing chronic pain - improper posture , poor work ergonomics and repetitive stress , and recurring injuries to name a few. But a less obvious reason is making its way into the spotlight: Dormant Butt Syndrome Read More...
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CMS Scrutinizes Joint Replacement Outcomes
by Jon Bassett
Some would say it was a matter of inevitability. Others will hail its arrival as a much-needed shift away from pay-per-procedure and toward pay-for-quality. On April 1, 2016, CMS began the testing phase of its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Read More...
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Study Shows Benefits of PT for Obese COPD Patients
by Katherine Bortz
A new study has surfaced displaying the benefits of physical therapy for obese patients hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Researchers at the University of Granada and Virgen de las Nieves Hospital, both located in Spain, Read More...
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New Guideline Promotes PT for Chronic Pain
by Katherine Bortz
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 Read More...
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Future of the PTA Profession
by Dillon Stickle
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, Read More...
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"Unflattening" Higher Education
by Dillon Stickle
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 Read More...
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Words Mean Things
by Dillon Stickle
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, Read More...
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Empathy in the Curriculum
by Dillon Stickle
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 Read More...
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PT and OT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking
by Brian Ferrie
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 Read More...
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Therapy for Parkinson's
by Dillon Stickle
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 Read More...
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Can Helmetless Drills Decrease Football Head Impacts?
by Brian Ferrie
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 Read More...
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An Unpopular Stance on POPTS
by Jon Bassett
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, Read More...
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PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress
by Brian Ferrie
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 Read More...
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Proving the Value of Physical Therapy
by Brian Ferrie
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, Read More...
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