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  • Quantity vs. Quality of Life

    Just recently a friend of mine celebrated a significant birthday. I celebrated the same one a year ago. Something about turning this age propelled us both to contemplate the future in a different way than younger ''landmark'' birthdays had done. What to do with the time that is left? This article takes an interesting look at someone's choice to ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on September 24, 2014
  • Ice Bucket Challenge

    Over the past few weeks, I've noticed more videos of my friends appearing on various social media networks of themselves dumping ice cold water on their heads and nominating others to do the same. I didn't know much about how the trend started and after some reading (as well as the messages in each video), learned it was a fundraising effort to ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on August 29, 2014
  • Unintended Consequences

    A while back there was some chatter among us ADVANCE bloggers on the public health issue of obesity. Since having an elevated BMI can cause a host of health problems, and Westernized nations on the whole are getting heavier and heavier, this is an area where many PTs could possibly have some input. The discussion at the time of the blogs had ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 6, 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
  • 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
  • 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 Raising the Bar in Rehab (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
  • Julia Child PT

    I don't do recipes. Not in the kitchen and not in practice. I have a general idea of how to make a proper shrimp scampi or meatloaf, but I know that sometimes a little more of this or a touch less of that can make for a better meal. Such is the case with rehab; some people require a little more attention on one thing whereas someone else needs ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 3, 2012
  • Music Therapy

    I listen to music a lot. I have an iPod in the bathroom I listen to as I get ready, and I usually take my iPod with me when I work out. I make lots of new playlists to listen to on my commute, constantly updating them with new songs depending on my mood. I grew up playing the piano; taking lessons weekly and finding new songs to learn. I would ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on December 15, 2011
  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative Outcomes

    As part of my involvement with a committee that focuses on clinical practice for our NHS trust, we have been working on finding an outcome measurement tool. We want to be able to provide evidence to the commissioners that our work is effective and cost-efficient and most importantly, that they should continue to fund our services. Currently ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on July 12, 2011
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