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  • Blatant Rudeness

    Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had someone who disrupted the class. I encourage questions and discussion with attendees. This time ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Beyond Multidisciplinary

    Most of us are well familiar with a multidisciplinary approach to meeting all of a patient's needs. Input from doctors, nursing, OT, PT, speech, and social work help us to provide better outcomes for patients. Notice the key word there... patients. What about people? Once a person becomes a patient, something has already gone wrong. This is where ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on March 12, 2014
  • Finally Merging Physio and Public Health!

    Next week I'm giving a presentation to the local authority and public health department on the problem of falling in older adults and what needs to be done about it. It's helpful that this is the same town I did my master's thesis on and that I'm starting up a falls service within. What's really exciting is that nobody has the breadth of ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 25, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • It's Time for CSM

    It's almost that time of year again when thousands of us gather for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. This year we're in Las Vegas. According to what I've read, they're expecting more than 10,000 PTs and PTAs to attend. I'm going. To use a Texas-like phrase, this isn't my first rodeo. This will be my third CSM, so I know what to expect. The ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 28, 2014
  • Learning to Say, ‘No. Thank You.'

    So I've been back in England a month now. It is good to be home. The work of looking for employment can be more exhausting than simply being an active physiotherapist! Recruitment agency interviews, collecting data on immunizations and titers and such, getting up-to-date CPR certification, and Internet searching... endless Internet searching. At ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • Celebrating Five Years with ADVANCE

    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. It does make me wonder what makes some blog posts more popular than others. Better title? Better ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on July 25, 2013
  • Horse Show or TPTA Conference?

    This afternoon I received the monthly email from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. It contained a prospectus for the upcoming annual conference and early registration. This is much smaller than the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, probably not even a thousand people. But it's a good opportunity to be involved in what's going on here and ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 3, 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
  • New Technology is a Pipe Dream for Small Clinics

    The following post was written by ADVANCE guest blogger Brian Knutsen, OTR/L, CHT, president of Buzzards Bay Hand Therapy LLC, located in Marion and Lexington, MA. SAN DIEGO -- In the CSM session, ''Emerging Technologies for Enhancing Post-Stroke Arm Rehabilitation,'' speakers Mindy Levin, PT, PhD, and Michelle Harris-Love PT, PhD, discussed two ...
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