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Blatant Rudeness
by Toni Patt
Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had Read More...
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Agitation or Aggression?
by Toni Patt
Recently we had an elderly man on caseload with a diagnosis of advanced dementia. It was obvious he was in the later stages of the process. He couldn't follow commands. His swallow was diminished. He was disoriented times three and demonstrated poor motor Read More...
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Dosage Matters
by Toni Patt
There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the Read More...
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It's Time for CSM
by Toni Patt
It's almost that time of year again when thousands of us gather for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. This year we're in Las Vegas. According to what I've read, they're expecting more than 10,000 PTs and PTAs to attend. I'm going. To use a Texas-like Read More...
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Well-Meaning Relatives
by Toni Patt
The first thing I heard when I got to work Monday morning were tales of the well-meaning relatives. We all know the type. They try to help but only make things worse. Or, with the patient's best interest in mind, they interfere with just about everything Read More...
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Wheelchair Races After Dinner in the Parking Lot
by Toni Patt
At the SNF where I work part-time, the parking lot behind the building is built on an incline with a bend about three-fourths of the way down. There is a curb along the entire length of the descent. Last weekend, a resident told me it's possible to descend Read More...
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What's the Purpose of a PM & R Doctor?
by Toni Patt
Until recently, I had never worked closely with PM & R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) physicians. When I worked at the "evil empire," I dealt exclusively with neurologists. Some were good. Some weren't so good. Either way, their purpose Read More...
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‘I Can't Wait Until I Can Walk Again'
by Toni Patt
Last Saturday, one of my patients at the SNF was a woman with left femoral neck and humeral shaft fractures. She'd undergone an ORIF to repair the hip and the arm was immobilized. She was NWB on both extremities. Like many of our patients, this was not Read More...
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Sometimes Even the Doctor is Wrong
by Toni Patt
I had a good laugh this morning. A doctor was ranting and raving that an order he'd written two weeks ago still hadn't been followed. The order was for a pressure-relieving shoe for a patient with a plantar wound. The doctor was very upset. He was making Read More...
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Secondary Gains
by Toni Patt
If you work in physical therapy, sooner or later you're going to encounter a patient, friend or relative who is making secondary gains off the patient's illness. In my experience, this usually revolves around money or special attention. I have a patient Read More...
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Horse Show or TPTA Conference?
by Toni Patt
This afternoon I received the monthly email from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. It contained a prospectus for the upcoming annual conference and early registration. This is much smaller than the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, probably not Read More...
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What If It Happened to Me?
by Toni Patt
Every time I teach, I travel to different cities. Each course brings questions and stories about past and present patients. The general theme of these conversations is either to ask advice or describe a success story. Last week I heard something different. Read More...
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Volunteering Update
by Toni Patt
In past posts, I've expressed frustration at volunteering for various opportunities within the APTA and the Neurology Section. A few months ago, I was nominated for a position on the nominating committee for the stroke special interest group. The results Read More...
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Finally Something I Enjoy
by Toni Patt
Anyone who reads my blog with regularity knows the last year has been a struggle for me. I lost my beloved job. I was fired for being ethical. I encountered more than my share of unethical and self-serving people. During all of that, I hung on and kept Read More...
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Maybe it's a Question of Time
by Toni Patt
Last week I questioned what the definition of skilled therapy was . I had worked with several patients the previous weekend whose only deficit was the need for supervision. I've realized I wasn't clear in describing those patients. All of them had been Read More...
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