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  • Self Evaluation

    As the last week of one of my last clinical affiliations comes to a close, I'm stunned at the amount of valuable information I've learned. I have to admit, I was nervous when I found out I would have to master large pieces of Pilates equipment for basic upper-extremity exercises at this outpatient sports clinic I was assigned. Like anything new, I ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 28, 2011
  • Supervised Exercise or Extended Therapy?

    During our monthly staff meeting, one of our sister facilities presented an in-service describing recent changes in a post-therapy program for patients. The program had relocated to a new location and expanded services. Before the move, it was held after-hours in the gym of another inpatient rehabilitation facility. Graduated patients could come ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 8, 2010
  • One PTA's Wish This Holiday Season

    Dubbed the 2010 PT Fundraising Drive, donations are being collected throughout Rhode Island to benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. With a long history of individual charitable pursuits, Kevin Silvia, PTA, CSCS, of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, set out to do something bigger and better this year. With an outpouring ...
  • Take Five Minutes of Your Day

    I spent a portion of my day fighting to swallow the big emotional lump in my throat and choke back tears as I attended the last of a 2010 lecture series at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia. Surrounded by health care workers from every corner of the hospital, I squeezed into the last available seat in a row in front of my father, a ...
  • Improved Access for Patients

    The services offered by outpatient rehab facilities need to be considered and revamped regularly. But when was the last time that the physical space's impact on access to care was taken into consideration? The outpatient rehabilitation center at UCLA in Santa Monica, CA, has recently taken measures to improve access to care. The facility has ...
  • Indecision

    As I close in on the start of my second year in the PTA program, people have started to ask me what field of physical therapy I want to work in. And I always politely answer, ''I have no idea.'' I get the standard sympathetic head nod and I eagerly promise I'll let them know as soon as I make up my mind. Yet my indecision is most frustrating to ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 3, 2010
  • Do You Measure Up?

    A pitiful 3 percent of 153,000 respondents in a study by Michigan State University met the characteristics of a healthy lifestyle. According to the study, a healthy lifestyle is defined by four basic standards: Not smoking Holding weight down Eating right Exercising So 97 percent of the roughly 307 million people living in the United ...
  • Do You Promote Health Literacy?

    Do you suffer from medical mouth? It's a common condition that crops up in exam rooms and around clinician offices. Symptoms include chronic bouts of medical terminology and spontaneous reference to inaccessible research. Side effects include reduced verbal feedback and increased risk of patient disengagement. When speaking with patients, ...
  • Wii for the World Record

    The top story on CNNhealth.com today reads, ''Seniors Wii bowl for world record and for health.'' According to the Guinness World Records, a world record was recently set in Houston, TX--for the world's largest senior citizen Wii bowling tournament! The Houston area's largest Medicare HMO--TexanPlus--put on the event, which drew 600 senior ...
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