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  • Stroke in Younger Adults on the Rise?

    The APTA issued a press release on Oct. 12 about a recent study published in the journal Neurology and conducted in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Researchers found that the rate of strokes among adults younger than 55 years of age increased from 12.9 percent in 1993/1994 to 18.6 percent in 2005. Stroke incidence rates ...
  • How to Decide on a Clinical Placement

    At the end of October, we start the interview process that will ultimately determine our clinical rotations during our third year. In my program, the final year of the program is entirely clinical with either two six- month placements or one 12-month placement. While everyone is required to attend two general interviews, one inpatient and one ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on September 10, 2012
  • Exercise Fail

    There was an article in today's New York Times by Jane Brody  discussing why promoting exercise up until now has been, for the most part, unsuccessful. It makes sense really, in the hurry-up, today-is-already-too-late world that many of us live in, trying to promote the future value of exercise is a losing battle. Many times I've told people ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 28, 2012
  • How Much Help Is Too Much?

    I've been using the Nintendo Wii with more of my patients. This has created a dilemma for me. I don't know how much help to give my patients. At first I didn't help them at all but that wasn't successful. Since then I have alternated between verbal cues for strategy, tactile cues to follow the strategy and manually assisting them with playing the ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 14, 2012
  • Working with Older Adults

    My current clinical is the first where I have worked primarily with an older population; most patients being more than 70 years old. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying the experience. I don't mean to sound like I wasn't looking forward to the opportunity to work with an aging population, however I should admit I had certain expectations that ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on July 10, 2012
  • Common Therapist Sayings

    There are a lot of phrases I say to my patients to emphasize certain parts of their recovery. I repeat many of them a lot, to the point where I feel a bit like a broken record. I have noticed this with my coworkers as well -- I can hear them saying similar sentences to patients. I looked at these phrases and tried to find patterns or similarities ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on June 29, 2012
  • 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
  • Creating a Fall Risk?

    Working in a skilled nursing setting definitely has its benefits and drawbacks, as I am constantly discovering. There is a huge advantage to working with the same patient every day of the week. Watching him make gains and meet goals, sometimes daily, is extremely rewarding. On the other end of the spectrum, working with many who have end-stage ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 8, 2012
  • No Energy? Just Add Water

    Last week I finally went for my annual physical with my doctor. I was a twinge nervous, as I've been exhausted recently and well, I haven't had a doctor's appointment in more than three years. Luckily, all was fine -- and I was given some valid (if not obvious advice). She suggested that one way to curb my ''low-energy'' issue was to drink more ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 1, 2012
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