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  • What About the Rest of Us?

    Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. He touched on all the usual topics: direct access, reimbursement for outpatient services, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 6, 2015
  • Things Have Changed Since I Went to PT School

    Lately I've been getting comments on my blog posts from people seeking advice about entering the PT profession, and asking how or why I became a physical therapist. The answers to both of those questions are complex. The medical environment today is significantly different from when I went to PT school 30 years ago. I like to joke that I went to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 18, 2015
  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • I'm Not Alone

    I just finished my first conference call as a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Neurological Section. It was very refreshing. The other members of the committee were voicing the same frustrations and experiences I do. We may not have accomplished everything we wanted to, but did unanimously agree there's more to physical therapy than ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2013
  • Sharing Knowledge

    When I teach, I describe using mental imagery in motor learning and as anti-neglect strategy. One of the main tenets of motor learning is repetition or as I say, practice, practice and practice some more. The concept of using mental imagery isn't new. Sports therapists and trainers have been preaching it for decades. What's new is how the concept ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • Continuing Education Should Be Evidence-Based

    I'm a peer reviewer for the Texas continuing education program. I review submissions for neuro, geriatric, acute and general so I get to see a lot what is being proposed for continuing education. Texas has a specific form that must be completed for each course submitted for review. It includes speaker qualifications, specific goals, a statement of ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 28, 2013
  • Time and Money

    Now that I'm home from CSM, I've had an opportunity to process all of the information. Most of the presentations were excellent. Those that weren't purely theoretical had a common theme. We have to maximize what we do because we're spending less and less time with patients. We have less time to spend because there isn't money to pay for our ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 29, 2013
  • What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?

    Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists be used as PT extenders. These extenders are to provide care as directed by the physical ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Four an Hour is Three Too Many

    Last Friday a former student of mine called. She is doing an outpatient affiliation now and is stressing out. She is having trouble keeping up. She has four patients every hour and is staying late to complete her notes. I told her not to worry. She knows her stuff. She should concentrate on learning what she needs to know and never has to do it ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 17, 2012