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  • Is Ebola Frightening?

    I've been trying to keep up with all the news coverage of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The story is quite captivating as it is not a subject I often hear a lot about, and I like learning and reviewing different topics related to medicine. Part of what is so interesting about the media's attention to the Ebola outbreak is the impact ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • Assessing Physicals

    One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were a lot of people coming through who wanted employment. When an older gentleman came through ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • That's Why I Gave Up the Theater

    When I was a younger lad, I was one of those starving actor, dancer, waiter people living in New York in the 1980s. It was a life of classes and auditions and endlessly being told, ''Thanks, we'll let you know.'' Translation: You didn't get the part. I once auditioned for the first touring company of the Broadway play Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon. ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • Reflections on My First Semester in PT School

    Today marks my last lecture of my first semester in PT school. I've completed gross anatomy, physiology, clinical anatomy and introduction to physical therapy. I cannot believe how much I have learned and, more importantly, retained! I can't wait to see what the next semester brings. Here are some lessons from this summer that have stuck with me ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 11, 2014
  • Billing Rapport

    In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Public Speaking

    This week, I'll be giving a presentation to half of our company about a recent continuous improvement project I've worked on. We are just weeks away from our project being implemented, and many of my coworkers who haven't been involved in the project don't know what to expect (rightfully so -- their focus is patient care!). I've been involved in ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on August 7, 2014
  • The Finish Line

    Whenever I stand at the starting line of a race, I always think about one thing: the uncrossed finish line waiting for me at the end. And as with any race I have competed in, this blog too has reached its finish line. In my very first ADVANCE blog post I wrote, ''My hope is that this blog serves not just as a place for me to express my thoughts ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on August 7, 2014
  • Making a Mess

    As I opened the gym door early one morning, I was stunned by what I saw. A large polyurethane mug with those beautiful white rings left from the wet bottom of the cup practically glowing on one edge of the mat table. Someone brought their drink into the gym, was treating patients, and left the cup and mess for someone to clean up. ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 6, 2014
  • My Little Old Man With the Brain Injury

    Currently I have an elderly gentleman with a traumatic brain injury from a fall. One version says he tripped over his dogs. Another says he had a seizure. Either way he hit his head on the way down, developed a bleed and had a craniotomy. The man was clearly ambulatory and functional prior to his injury. I'm not getting anywhere with him. It took ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 6, 2014
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