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  • When your Friend has ALS

    What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Gehrig's disease? It's tough to come up with words of comfort for a friend or relative who has ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 13, 2015
  • My First Rotation: The Skilled Nursing Facility

    My program is unique in that we do our first full-time, 4-week rotation at the tail end of our first year. My first, along with the rest of my classmates, was in the SNF setting. ''SNF'' stands for skilled nursing facility, or nursing home. I greatly enjoyed my experience in my SNF, which was a 196-bed facility that had approximately 50% long-term ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 10, 2015
  • What Can We Do About the Problems Facing Physical Therapy?

    For the past few weeks, I've been blogging about problems within the profession of physical therapy and our frustrations over them. Everyone agrees on the problems. There is probably some disagreement on which ones should be addressed first. After all, they are interdependent. Attempting to improve any of them would be a step in the right ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 9, 2015
  • Soccer Surges on the American Sports Scene

    The explosive growth of interest in the world's most popular game -- soccer -- is perhaps the most striking development in American sporting culture over the past several years. In previous decades, as the rest of the globe worshipped the sport like a religion, the United States stubbornly held out as a nation that viewed soccer with relative ...
  • Physical Therapy at the DoD Warrior Games

    From June 19-28, more than 240 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country gathered for the annual Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Athletes represented teams from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. This was the first year the ...
  • The Future of the Physical Therapy Profession?

    As I read the responses to my latest blog on the ADVANCE website and Facebook page, I noticed a couple trends. First, why would the APTA push the DPT without consideration of the economic consequences for new graduates and the profession in general? Second, many of us are encouraging others to enter the profession as PTAs instead of PTs. The two ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • Introspection over Reaction

    One of the toughest but most important pills to swallow is the fact that everything we see in the external world is a direct reflection of what's happening internally. This is precisely why the same situation (e.g. a ''difficult'' person) can trigger so many varying degrees of responses. Part of our human nature is to project our feelings onto ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on June 25, 2015
  • Who Will Want to Be a PT?

    I've been reading the feedback on last week's blog. Everyone recognizes the problem. It costs more to go to PT school than the salary will support. I suspect many people saw this coming. I did. I'm kind of amazed the people who crafted this grand scheme didn't consider a serious consequence. If I wanted to go to PT school today, I couldn't afford ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 25, 2015
  • When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough

    We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He now works as a prn therapist at two or three facilities. All three of the facilities offered ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 2015
  • PT Day on Capitol Hill

    The morning of June 4 started very early for more than 1,000 dedicated attendees at the American Physical Therapy Association's NEXT 2015 Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. These hardy souls awoke before the sun, donned their professional best and headed downstairs by 6 a.m. for a quick breakfast before boarding shuttle buses ...
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