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  • Wound Care PT

    One of my classes this semester is titled ''Integumentary.'' The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • The SNF Misconception

    Way back in one of the first few quarters of the PTA program, I and many of my fellow classmates would project about what field of physical therapy we could most see ourselves working in. Most of us were on the fence. The general sentiment was work for the experience and then be choosy. Outpatient orthopedic was tempting - performing myofascial ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 17, 2011
  • The "Trouble" Patient

    During my student clinical rotation, I was fortunate enough to experience an inpatient, outpatient and everything in between. The patient population was vast as well. Depending on the clinical, I saw patient age ranges between 13 and 95. It struck me as interesting that the more ''difficult'' patients I met did not fall in any one age group. The ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 8, 2011
  • 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
  • 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 ...