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  • Growing a Program

    It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring another person doesn't seem logical, but it is. A good PT aide will get patients up and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 16, 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
  • Community Relations

    What a great week to shine in our community, showing what we have to offer to just about anyone who lives in the South Broward Hospital District. Starting off with a meeting tonight, where some of our patients are introduced to those who voluntarily give to our healthcare system, they share their stories and warm the hearts of everyone. These ...
    Posted to Transition to Rehab Management (Weblog) on October 25, 2013
  • Therapy Buddy

    Group physical therapy was a way to have patients come together and participate in activities where they could encourage one another and watch each other progress. Since the decline in reimbursements for this type of activity, it's no longer economically feasible for facilities and therapists to do this. In some instances, the group coding may ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 23, 2013
  • Question Practices of Care

    I believe we should all question what we do and why we do it, especially when it comes to patient care. We should be asking ourselves, ''Is this the best I can do under the circumstances I have to work with?'' We should also question whether adding more than two pounds on an elderly patient's ankle is the best thing for him. I have seen six- and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 7, 2013
  • Our Competition in Brussels

    I've talked a great deal about the myths and realities of working in a foreign country for the past four years in this blog. Many people have presented me with the argument, ''If healthcare is so great in other countries, then why do so many foreigners come here for care?'' Until now, I've only been able to provide anecdotal responses of my ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 5, 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
  • Showing Our Age

    I read this article on NPR (National Public Radio) about how people of a certain age, which includes me, are less fit than their counterparts of two decades ago. How can this be? With all the advances in knowledge and availability of information, how can this group of people have missed the boat? Actually, we haven't missed the boat on ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on March 28, 2013
  • Screening for Depression

    Many times when I work with my patients, they are not the happiest people. Some patients are in a lot of pain, some frustrated with their physical deficits. Although I explain to patients the course of treatment and estimated timeline for recovery, there are a few patients who cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel and are consistently ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on June 21, 2012
  • Primary Focus

    I have been following along with the reports from Danielle Bullen, Rebecca Mayer and Lisa Lombardo on the goings-on in Tampa last week. I find the outcomes interesting and validating. One of my contentions with Vision 2020 is that it seemed too isolating. That seems to be holding up now. As a profession, we are finally starting to realize that no ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on June 12, 2012
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