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Can You Describe Your Dizziness?
by Michael Kelley
We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded "dizziness." It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety Read More...
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The PT Student Summit
by Michael Kelley
Over the past few months we've had a couple PT students come and go. Most of them were somewhere in the middle of their clinical education and had no idea what they wanted to do with their PT degree upon graduation. As I watched the various CIs and students Read More...
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Do You Have the Right Stuff?
by Michael Kelley
I've written before about the obesity epidemic in this country and the potential impact PTs can have in perhaps helping turn the tide in this seemingly endless battle. But when dealing with obesity, prevention isn't everything. As PTs, we are tasked every Read More...
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Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall
by Michael Kelley
Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- "What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?") When Read More...
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Who's In the Driver's Seat?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #2 -- "What Drives the PT Profession?") The PT profession has no Read More...
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The APTA -- Why Bother?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- "Is APTA Membership Valuable?") I was an APTA member for one Read More...
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How Sick Is Too Sick?
by Michael Kelley
When I was a student, I did a clinical rotation at a children's hospital. Now anyone who has worked with kids before or even has kids of their own are well aware of the fact that kids can be, well, germy. Very, very germy. Needless to say, six weeks into Read More...
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Bundled Payments
by Michael Kelley
It sounds like a cable/Internet/phone special being offered by a cable company... but wait... this time the "cable company" is actually the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services! Last year, CMS announced a new payment method called "Bundled Payments." Read More...
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‘Observation' Patients
by Michael Kelley
This week my topic is a suggestion from a friend who is an outpatient therapist: Medicare's observation status. For those unfamiliar, patients with Medicare benefits can have one of two "statuses" while in the hospital. Based on their diagnosis and the Read More...
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Hospice PT
by Michael Kelley
These last few weeks, there has been a particularly troubling story in the news about 13-year-old Jahi McMath. For those unfamiliar with her story, here is an article from CNN , which provides a synopsis of what has taken place over the past month. Briefly, Read More...
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Weekend Work
by Michael Kelley
In the days leading up to Christmas, I kept seeing commercials and ads saying that even on Christmas Day, certain stores would be open 24/7. It got me thinking, I work at a hospital that has likely been open 24/7 for about 35 years straight. Hospitals Read More...
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Outpatient PT -- A Different World
by Michael Kelley
So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Read More...
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Health Education
by Michael Kelley
So I live in Chicago. A fact that anyone who knows me would say I'm acutely proud of. And here in the Windy City, we have a saying during our election cycle: "Vote early, vote often." Now this post isn't going to be about Chicago or voting or politics. Read More...
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The Great Weight Debate
by Michael Kelley
I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was Read More...
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The Doctor is In?
by Michael Kelley
I'm sure it's been written about before, but I'm going to throw my two cents into the mix on the "D" in "DPT." Last weekend I was out of town and stayed with a cousin of my mom's. At some point during their phone conversations before I arrived, my mom Read More...
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