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Drug Testing
by Jason Marketti
Should mandatory drug testing be a prerequisite to becoming licensed, along with random drug testing for all health professionals? Maybe. My stance on legalizing marijuana can be controversial and until the federal laws change, the status of any drug Read More...
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Joint Mobilization
by Jason Marketti
"Spinal manipulation is not designated as being under the exclusive domain of any one specific profession or group of practitioners." So says the APTA; however, the position they take with the PT assistants is that we should not be allowed to perform Read More...
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My Conference
by Jason Marketti
I recently attended my first "live" conference in more than 10 years. It was one of the most informative and action-packed adventures I've had. I was able to connect with people, collect numbers, share experiences and sample some new technology that is Read More...
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Evidence Search
by Jason Marketti
If I had evidence that can prove a certain modality does not work as prescribed, would you still use it? And if a large insurance company deemed a treatment "experimental and investigational" and refused reimbursement for it, would you still use it? I Read More...
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Career Day
by Jason Marketti
My son recently went on an adventure to learn about careers. Since there was not a slot for him at his first choice, he was placed in an outpatient therapy clinic. The first thing he noticed was everyone being extremely friendly. The therapists at the Read More...
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Observational Mobility
by Jason Marketti
I am a gait enthusiast. I will observe gait wherever I am until I get a sharp jab in my ribs from my wife. I try so hard to explain the gait cycle to her and the pelvic tilt and reciprocal upper- and lower-leg motions but she never buys it and I get the Read More...
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‘The Marketti Phenomenon'
by Jason Marketti
I truly enjoy the history of PT and how those therapists observed and documented what they saw and which techniques worked for them. Some of those techniques have been refined but most of the observations can be repeated with the people we treat. Most Read More...
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Just Pay Me
by Jason Marketti
I have been known to go to interviews, not looking for a job, but to make contact with other therapists in the area. When the conversation is steered toward money I usually ask for an exorbitant amount, which is met with mirth and the interviewer says, Read More...
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Confusion of Contact Hours
by Jason Marketti
Each state board regulates PT and PTA contact hours to maintain licensure. The general consensus from most of the state boards is that around 20 to 30 contact hours is sufficient for us to maintain a license in their particular state (Some state board Read More...
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Tattoos, Piercings and Style
by Jason Marketti
I have a tattoo on my upper right arm. Very few people have seen it since it is hidden by the shirts I wear to work and I do not openly tell everyone I am a marked man. The three holes in my ear where hoop and cross rings once dangled (a protégé of George Read More...
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Patient Notes
by Jason Marketti
"MAMPU." I came across these letters several years ago while working at a hospital. They seemed common enough because they were repeated in the physical therapy daily notes under different days. I had never seen them before and asked for an interpretation. Read More...
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Alternate Studies
by Jason Marketti
I enjoy studying, reading and learning about events outside of the therapy world. Because of this, I am better able to communicate and understand a great deal more about my patients. Sadly, state boards do not recognize this study in their CEU requirements. Read More...
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Relinquish the Patients
by Jason Marketti
Being a PTA has given me excellent experience and is a great career for anyone who wants to be part of the health care system. The downfall is working with PTs who do not want to give up "their" patients to an assistant despite the new evaluations that Read More...
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PTAs, Transcripts and Skills
by Jason Marketti
Do our transcripts reflect what we know and how we deliver our skills or are they just one way to measure our success with test-taking and rote memory? Several years ago, I met an ATC who challenged the PTA exam. He told me he was a great test-taker and Read More...
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Online PTA Education
by Jason Marketti
Recently I came across an online PTA program. To tell the truth I was skeptical about it. After more research I concluded that it was ingenious to offer education online for PTAs. Now some may say, "You can't teach therapy online." San Juan College ( Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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