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  • ‘We're All Gonna Need Physical Therapy Soon'

    I spent last weekend at a horse show in San Antonio. Even though I had both show horses with me, there was still a lot of down time. Since everything is close quarters it's easy to overhear conversations. While I was waiting I was surprised to hear someone in the barn next to us say, ''We're all gonna need physical therapy soon.'' I wasn't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • Group Think Evidence

    When I was at the horse show last weekend, I learned one of the show kid mothers is a PT. I learned this because she was treating another of the mothers using cranio-sacral therapy. I'm not sure what pushed more of my buttons, her treating someone on the fly or using cranio-sacral to do so. This isn't the first time I've said I don't think PTs ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 29, 2013
  • ‘I Can't Help, My Back Hurts'

    This morning there was a patient on the floor so the request went out for lifting help. Four people responded, including me, a PTA, a male CNA and the patient's nurse. The patient was a big man, weak and in a narrow space so it wasn't going to be easy. As we were positioning ourselves to lift him the nurse stepped away. She said she didn't lift ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 19, 2013
  • Very Acute Therapy

    This week I found myself at an outpatient orthopedic clinic treating work-related injuries. The clinic was one of several in the area. They have agreements with many local industries to provide medical and therapy services to injured employees. The injured worker sees the doctor at the clinic, is given a script for therapy and starts as soon as ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 9, 2012
  • Early Mobilization

    In last week's issue of ADVANCE for Physical Therapy& Rehab Medicine, the cover story described a three-month clinical trial of early mobilization in the ICU. I wanted to cut it out and post it prominently at work. I think all medically stable ICU patients should be mobilized, and I mean out of bed. Author Lisa West points out there is ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 7, 2011
  • Therapeutic Hypocrisy

    The annual Houston Marathon was a hot topic at last week's district TPTA meeting. Our leadership came under fire for providing free massages to the runners after completing the course. This practice has been going for several years and I have never supported it. I don't understand how on one hand we fight to separate ourselves from massage ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 11, 2011