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  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • Treatments I Won't Perform

    A PT can come to the facility and decide not to follow any of the previous treatments or goals, and may decide to change many aspects of the treatment program. This isn't inherently wrong since the PT is responsible for the patients, but if the treatments include Kegel exercises where the expectation is for me to palpate regions I normally don't ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 9, 2014
  • Believe the Premise

    If someone told us in 1769 there would be horseless carriages (automobiles), we may have laughed and dismissed that person as a lunatic. Would you have believed someone if he told you back in 1969 that linking four universities would eventually lead to the Internet? What about if a Star Trek fan told you 20 years ago that the use of ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 2, 2014
  • How Much Do I Make?

    Pay scales are all over the chart in the therapy profession, yet reimbursements in most states are the same whether a PT or PTA (and sometimes an aide) treats the patient. So, should the PT still make more than the PTA? The argument over the higher education does not seem significant when there are PTAs with master's degrees working under a BSPT, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 11, 2014
  • Future of Therapy

    With today's technology, there's no reason for therapists to sit and wait for equipment to be delivered through a third party. When every therapy department has a 3-D printer, we can receive a 3-D fax that will print up the equipment we ordered. Knee braces, walkers, extra parts for broken equipment, you name it and we'll have it. X-rays will no ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 4, 2014
  • Strictly Science-Based

    Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset, but there are other stem cells out there that research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping people recover from devastating illnesses. As a purely scientific reading, stem cells are ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • 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
  • Healthcare Economics 101

    Would you invest in the company you work for? How about an ''Improshare'' where the savings between hours worked and production are shared between the company and the worker? Can you ''feel'' the viability of your company and are they open enough to allow workers to see their bottom line? It can be difficult when you read that a company you work ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 30, 2014
  • Rusty Anatomy

    Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked ''What's this bone called, Mom?'' Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a ''bigger bump'' than herself. I quickly responded ''Well, that's your...'' and in that moment I realized two facts: I could ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
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