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Continuing Education Courses
by Lisa Mueller
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a continuing education course on early mobility with three other physical therapists. We met for several weeks, reviewing the content along with the training and presentation materials. It took a lot of Read More...
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We Are Our Biggest Challenge
by Lisa Mueller
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley 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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2014 New Year's Resolutions
by Lisa Mueller
It's hard to believe it's 2014 already. I officially graduated from physical therapy school five years ago! Wow. Seems like it was yesterday. It also seems like I'm talking like my mom or grandma when I use phrases like "seems like yesterday," but so Read More...
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Functional Measurements
by Lisa Mueller
At the PT 2013 conference earlier this summer, one of the speakers encouraged physical therapy programs to transition away from education on passive modalities and objective measurements such as range of motion or manual muscle testing to instead focus Read More...
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Breaking it Down
by Lisa Mueller
I was lucky enough to attend another leadership skills course last week and learned a lot of good content. It was fun to be able to step aside from my regular work, listen to the experiences of other colleagues and practice skills I'll need in my new Read More...
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Break from PT
by Lisa Mueller
I thought I would take a physical therapy break this week and blog a little bit about myself and my other interests. I really respect other therapists in the blogosphere who write regularly and drive needed conversations to progress our profession, but Read More...
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Celebrating Five Years with ADVANCE
by Lisa Mueller
This week is my fifth anniversary of writing my blog for ADVANCE . I thought it was fitting to review my top five blogs from the past five years. Some blogs that I thought were very good topics didn't make it to this list... I won't take it personally. Read More...
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Women in the Workplace
by Lisa Mueller
I don't normally have a strong opinion about women in the workplace or women in business or women's rights or other similar topics. I think of men and women as equals and kind of leave it at that. I realize physical therapy is a female-dominated profession. Read More...
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Preparing for PT 2013
by Lisa Mueller
Next week I'll be flying to Salt Lake City in Utah to attend the annual APTA Conference. I was hoping to be at the Combined Sections Meeting earlier this year but wasn't able to coordinate the travel with other plans. Either way, this trip to Salt Lake Read More...
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I Can Teach
by Lisa Mueller
This weekend I taught a continuing education course with three other therapists. It took well over a year for us to organize the content, create the handouts and visual displays and market the course to get as many participants as possible. It was a fun Read More...
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CE Course
by Lisa Mueller
Last year I spent a lot of time preparing material to present at the Wisconsin PT spring conference and was disappointed when I learned the class was canceled the week prior due to low enrollment numbers. I worked with three other therapists for months Read More...
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New Year's Resolutions
by Lisa Mueller
I haven't always made New Year's resolutions; in fact, I don't recall any resolutions through most of my high school and college years. I think I always just try to be a better person -- a better listener, a better friend, a better wife. Some years I Read More...
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Journal Club
by Lisa Mueller
When I was a physical therapy student, I often had to read research articles and analyze the study design, results and impact on physical therapy practice. Evidence-based practice was ingrained in each of my courses and throughout my clinical experiences. Read More...
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Dry Needling
by Lisa Mueller
The discussion and use of dry needling in physical therapy practice has increased substantially within the last year. I graduated from PT school three years ago, and we rarely, if ever, heard or discussed dry needling as a treatment option. Reading through Read More...
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I've Been Cancelled?
by Lisa Mueller
For the past eight months, I met with a group of acute-care therapists to develop an early mobility presentation a PT conference. With four hours of allotted time, we met one to two times a month to organize the presentation. We divided up tasks such Read More...
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