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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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Limiting Therapy
by Lisa Mueller
A friend of mine recently asked for my opinion about how much therapy she would need following a knee arthroscopy. I talked with her for some time about her symptoms and which PT clinic she was going to work with. She then told me she was worried the Read More...
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Ends Justify the Means
by Lisa Mueller
I took three courses of philosophy during my undergraduate years and never really got into it. I'm not even completely sure I understood the phrase, "the end justifies the means," until I was a little older. Experiences added up and I learned how to focus Read More...
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What Equipment Do You Need?
by Lisa Mueller
When I was in my outpatient neuro clinical rotation I learned a lot from my instructor about PNF skills as well as standing, kneeling and seated balance training. It was a lot of hands-on work and we didn't use a lot of equipment other than parallel bars Read More...
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Lean and Physical Therapy
by Lisa Mueller
When I worked at the hospital, there were times when I needed to grab linens for my patients during our physical therapy sessions. Gowns, towels and even bed sheets were frequently changed. The hospital floors each stored linens in a slightly different Read More...
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Team-Based Care
by Lisa Mueller
Over the past few months, I've heard more and more about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of healthcare. I typically think about healthcare models in the silos my physical therapy clinical rotations were centered on: inpatient, outpatient, Read More...
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PT Practice: Outpatient is Better
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 #3 -- "Does the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting Allow Greater PT Read More...
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Is This 'Normal?'
by Lisa Mueller
I still drive the first car I ever bought, a 2004 Honda CRV. Hard to believe it's nine years old already. I love my car. It's the perfect size for hauling stuff around and tall enough for me to see everything when I drive. Over the past few years, but Read More...
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Holiday Breaks
by Lisa Mueller
Well, it's officially the holiday season. I spent last weekend wrapping all of my presents (three total hours), adding ribbon with name tags (two additional hours) and applying stamps and stickers to some of the packages (one hour). This weekend I hope Read More...
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How Can I Help?
by Lisa Mueller
One of the reasons I like being a physical therapist is that I'm able to help others. I like teaching patients and families new things that will (hopefully) improve their quality of life. I enjoy helping patients reduce pain and seeing their faces light Read More...
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Federal Shutdown
by Lisa Mueller
I'm trying to keep up with all of the news regarding the government shutdown, but it's been somewhat difficult for me to understand. News stories use a lot of federal vocabulary and I'm still processing some of the headlines before I can even move into 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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When Physical Therapy Fails
by Lisa Mueller
My mom has struggled with back pain for more than a year. I didn't know about it until it had been bothering her for a few months; right about the time that she started going to physical therapy. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you look at it), 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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Ducks and Physical Therapy
by Lisa Mueller
This week during the show "The Voice" on NBC, Aflac aired a 60-second commercial showing the Aflac duck working with a physical therapist to recover from some injuries. (The injuries were aired in earlier commercials). I think Aflac is marketing services Read More...
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