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  • 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
  • The Wonder of Wii

    A new piece of equipment has found its way into our department, a Nintendo Wii. Up until last weekend I'd never even seen one, much less played with one. The literature is full of articles describing how to use the Wii therapeutically, particularly with the geriatric population. The evidence says it is effective. Nowhere did I read how much fun it ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 3, 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
  • My New Pet Peeve

    We all have things that annoy us. I have a new one at work, the assisted ergometer. It can be used for the UEs or LEs and programmed to provide either resistance or assistance to whoever is working the pedals. To me it is a glorified restorator. What annoys me so much isn't the machine but the individuals who put every patient on it every day ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 19, 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
  • Don't Count These Patients Out

    It's been a while since I've had more than a few geriatric patients on my caseload. Now that my caseload is all geriatric, I've had to readjust. It's a good thing I didn't forget the first rule of geriatric care. Elderly patients are people, too. They should be treated that way. It's been a nice change. They complain. They tell me they can't do ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 29, 2012
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