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  • Why I Became a PT

    I was asked this question on Sunday by someone who doesn't know me very well. I had to stop and think a minute before replying. The answer is I don't remember. I remember applying to PT school. I remember PT school. I remember deciding I liked acute care the best. Yet I don't remember why I made a decision that has shaped my life for many ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • Changing Goals

    With one week left until graduation, I had my most challenging patient-care conversation since starting PT school. One of my current patients, whom I happened to work with in inpatient rehabilitation during my previous clinical rotation, is a very complex case. He suffered an anoxic brain injury that unfortunately was complicated by a transfemoral ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • The Evolution of Wheelchairs Goes Rolling Through Time

    The first time I ever saw a wheelchair may have been Raymond Burr (post Perry Mason) as the paraplegic Chief of Detectives in the TV show ''Ironside'' in the late 1960s. It wasn't until I was in occupational therapy school that I was really exposed to wheelchairs, both in my dormitory, as part of my curriculum, and later, with real patients. ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • The ‘Newbie'... Again

    Well, I'm finishing my first week at a new facility and still trying to catch my breath. For those readers not familiar with my professional exploits, I resigned from a PTA position that I held for three years and started working in a similar setting (skilled nursing, long-term care) just this past week. As I reflect on the past few days, I've ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • What Equipment Do You Need?

    When I was in my outpatient neuro clinical rotation I learned a lot from my instructor about PNF skills as well as standing, kneeling and seated balance training. It was a lot of hands-on work and we didn't use a lot of equipment other than parallel bars and balance pads, and a mat table. The clinic set-up was simple yet effective; patients had ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • April is Occupational Therapy Month – Celebrate!

    I never set out to be part of the occupational therapy world. I started out in travel but as much as I loved traveling and helping others with their travel needs there was just something missing. The local community college offered a ''Healthcare Career Awareness'' night and since I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field I ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • Can You Describe Your Dizziness?

    We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded ''dizziness.'' It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety of physiologic and even psychological issues. I personally have seen patients with a primary ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 10, 2014
  • Leave of Absence

    I have heard nursing staff, therapists and even social services tell patients they are not allowed to leave the facility or they'll lose their benefits for Medicare. Simply not true, and, in fact, Medicare makes it clear facilities should not tell patients that leaving the facility will lead to loss of coverage. Patients can leave the facility ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • A Culture of 'Don't!'

    I was doing some research on a particular activity this week... head rolls. Not the soft round things one puts under one's neck to maintain the curve while supine, but the act of rolling the head around as an exercise or activity. I did this because I read an article in the popular press that said, ''even physiotherapists say you shouldn't do head ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • Request for Submissions

    It's that time of year again. The company that I teach for is requesting submissions for an education summit next year. I'm supposed to select a topic, describe what it is and why I think people would be interested. Then I submit that and five references no more than a year or two old. They try to present newer information. The problem is I can't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
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