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  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • 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
  • Now I'm Convinced

    A few months back, a member of my family was in a business meeting when suddenly his right hand became spastic. He looked at the person he was meeting with and couldn't figure out why he was there or what they had been talking about for half an hour. He was having a stroke. He was rushed to the local hospital in Florida and immediately received ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • The ‘Newbie'... Again

    Well, I'm finishing my first week at a new facility and still trying to catch my breath. For those readers not familiar with my professional exploits, I resigned from a PTA position that I held for three years and started working in a similar setting (skilled nursing, long-term care) just this past week. As I reflect on the past few days, I've ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • What Equipment Do You Need?

    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 and balance pads, and a mat table. The clinic set-up was simple yet effective; patients had ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • Can You Describe Your Dizziness?

    We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded ''dizziness.'' It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety of physiologic and even psychological issues. I personally have seen patients with a primary ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 10, 2014
  • Leave of Absence

    I have heard nursing staff, therapists and even social services tell patients they are not allowed to leave the facility or they'll lose their benefits for Medicare. Simply not true, and, in fact, Medicare makes it clear facilities should not tell patients that leaving the facility will lead to loss of coverage. Patients can leave the facility ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • Maintaining My Privacy

    As we all know, maintaining our patients' personal and health information private is mandated by HIPAA laws and frankly, common sense. I would be less likely to disclose a patient's name to an unknown visitor than hand my credit card to a stranger on the street. Often though, I find myself abbreviating my own ''history'' to inquiring patients. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 4, 2014
  • Lean and Physical Therapy

    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 manner to fit the best workflow for their staff -- some linens were kept in cupboards outside ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on March 27, 2014
  • One-Trick Pony

    While interviewing for jobs years ago, I met a therapist who primarily treated knee patients. He was looking for an experienced PTA to assist in this specialty. I ultimately declined the generous offer so I could explore other interests. I had difficulty understanding how an experienced therapist would only treat one body part. The human body ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on March 26, 2014
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