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  • Secret Santa Drama

    I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait for Christmas to come and go. Things need to get back to normal, or what passes for normal. I'm not a holiday person. I don't go out of my way to celebrate them. Holidays are actually my favorite days to work. No one else is there so the day is peaceful and productive. The patients are appreciative ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 11, 2012
  • What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?

    Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists be used as PT extenders. These extenders are to provide care as directed by the physical ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

    Last week, I wrote about my experiences teaching my first CEU course. I mentioned how much work it was but didn't go into details. It took me nearly four months to finish, including two months of working at least an hour or two every night. Now I'm going back and revising the content. I'm beginning to think that is an ongoing process. In the ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 2, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Combining PT and ST

    Lately I've had the opportunity to work with a wonderful ST. We bounce ideas off each other. We've even managed to co-treat a few times. In the course of working together, we've observed that improvement in one discipline carries over to improvement in the other. Although we're somewhat of a unique pairing, our combined efforts have had great ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 26, 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
  • 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
  • My Morning Coffee Group

    I like to start work early; the earlier the better. Usually this means I start my day alone. I grab the first patient I find out of bed and get started. Not anymore. A few days ago, I was having trouble convincing a patient to come to therapy. In frustration, I offered her a cup of fresh coffee to sip while we were working. Little did I know it ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 15, 2012
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