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PT Students Working Holidays
by Lauren Rosso
It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings Read More...
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Caseload Breaking Point
by Lauren Rosso
I just finished my second week at an outpatient clinic where I see a great variety of patients. I'd say it's split 50/50 between orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. The caseload diversity is going to be a great learning experience. But until I feel up Read More...
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Back to Basics
by Lauren Rosso
In case you haven't followed the past few blogs, I started a new clinical on Monday after having spent six months in an inpatient rehab setting. I'm now interning at an outpatient center where the patient population spans the entire gamut -- orthopedics, Read More...
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PT Career and Injuries
by Lauren Rosso
Three different events have come up in the past week that make me wonder about the world of "light duty" and injuries. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you have some career connection to physical therapy and therefore realize that ours are not the Read More...
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Reflections on a Student's First CSM
by Lauren Rosso
I just returned from my first trip to the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and I'm left with a variety of feelings about the experience. Overall, I would consider the trip a success, but there were definitely some aspects of CSM that left something to Read More...
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How to Decide on a Clinical Placement
by Lauren Rosso
At the end of October, we start the interview process that will ultimately determine our clinical rotations during our third year. In my program, the final year of the program is entirely clinical with either two six- month placements or one 12-month Read More...
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Interdisciplinary Exposure for PT Students
by Lauren Rosso
Yesterday, I had an hour-long conversation with my rugby coach about what he, as a chiropractor, does with his patients. I have never been to a chiropractor and therefore know very little about their scope of practice. I have to say that I was surprised Read More...
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Finding Clinical Relevance in Class Material
by Lauren Rosso
Our first biomechanics course of the program started this semester, and there was an overwhelming sense of dread throughout the class before we began. I think a lot of people, myself included, are intimidated by the mathematics involved. To my surprise, Read More...
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Treating Friends, Family and Teammates
by Lauren Rosso
A number of my friends and family members are training for upcoming events (marathons, adventure runs, rugby games etc.), and it's scary to know that they look to me as a credible source for treatment-related information. When they ask me for advice, Read More...
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Clothing in the Clinic
by Lauren Rosso
Today at my clinic, I treated a patient who came dressed for PT in heels, tight jeans and a blazer. Bear in mind that this patient's exercise program includes wall squats, leg press, lateral step-ups and about six other exercises for which high heels Read More...
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My PT Patient Just Friended Me
by Lauren Rosso
Today at clinical, I evaluated a 17-year-old kid from a local high school who is having some problems with shin splints. Considering my crash-and-burn experience during last week's eval, I was so excited for things to be looking up. I went through the Read More...
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Crash and Burn
by Lauren Rosso
For the majority of my first clinical, I have been doing a lot of observing during the initial evaluations. I recently started to take patient histories, but when it actually comes to hands-on strength or neurological assessments, I haven't done much. Read More...
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Back to Work
by Lauren Rosso
After two lazy weeks, it's time for classes to start back up. While I could have thought of more enjoyable ways to spend the past three months, I do admit that I'm happy to have one semester completed. Rumor has it that this coming fall is not as intense Read More...
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First Affiliation
by Lauren Rosso
My first affiliation will be at an outpatient center in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. What's scariest is that I start in one month. I hope the expectations from my clinical instructor are realistic, considering at this point I can do little more than tell Read More...
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