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  • 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
  • How Old is Too Old for Therapy?

    Today at lunch we were talking about how much older our patients are today compared to years past. Someone observed that many of our older patients just want to stay in bed. They are worn out from living. She went on to say that when you've reached 90 years of age, you have the right to stay in bed. In many ways, I agree with her. Advanced age, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 9, 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
  • What's In a Name?

    Leave it to me to be able to apply an episode of ''Downton Abbey'' to health care! Without creating any spoilers for those who may be catching it at a later time, a situation arose in last night's episode that I have seen play out time and again in health care. A character chooses the advice of a health care provider who is famous... the best in ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on January 29, 2013
  • 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
  • Working from Home

    My current job comes with a perk I've never experienced before -- working from home. No, the patients don't come to me. Our documentation is Internet-based so I have the luxury of being able to write notes from home. Some people might say that is a curse, not a benefit. Physical therapy is one of the few fields I never would have thought could ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 28, 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
  • The Red Fish

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about using the Nintendo Wii and wondering how much help I should give my patients. Since that time, I've settled into helping them to either prevent frustration or teach a new motor program. That creates higher scores while enabling motor learning. The only exception is the red fish. One of the games we play involves ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 21, 2012
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