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  • Outcome Measures

    I am (again) starting to work out more regularly. I'm not sure if it was the long and miserable winter, but I hadn't felt like exercising for a while. Now that the sun is out and the days seem longer, I'm making a commitment to exercising four days a week. I tend to go to extremes, either living a completely lethargic and sedentary life or ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on May 16, 2014
  • Unintended Consequences

    A while back there was some chatter among us ADVANCE bloggers on the public health issue of obesity. Since having an elevated BMI can cause a host of health problems, and Westernized nations on the whole are getting heavier and heavier, this is an area where many PTs could possibly have some input. The discussion at the time of the blogs had ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 6, 2014
  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • The End is Near

    I can count the number of weeks I have left on two hands. I've passed the boards. I have one project left, one presentation, and one in-service. All of a sudden, everything seems so quantifiable. I even got the information for purchasing my cap, gown and hood, which is unfortunately quantifiable at $75. Not even the steep price tag can bring me ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on February 17, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • 2014 New Year's Resolutions

    It's hard to believe it's 2014 already. I officially graduated from physical therapy school five years ago! Wow. Seems like it was yesterday. It also seems like I'm talking like my mom or grandma when I use phrases like ''seems like yesterday,'' but so be it. Now's the time each year when I review my resolutions from the previous year and set ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on January 3, 2014
  • The Great Weight Debate

    I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was also blessed with some pretty good genes when it comes to weight (lots of skinny Irish-folk in ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on November 27, 2013
  • The Anterolateral Ligament

    Last week, healthcare news was focused on the discovery of a new ligament of the knee by two surgeons in Belgium, coined the anterolateral ligament (ALL). The ALL connects on the anterior lateral portion of the tibia proximally to the posterior lateral femur. ABC News reported that articles dating back to 1879 included discussion on the anterior ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on November 14, 2013
  • When is Research Outdated?

    A comment on my blog last week got me to thinking about the length of time that research is valid for use. The topic was brought up after I mentioned that I have an article from 2007 that I often use with patients, and a reader suggested newer research was likely available.  During my clinical experience at the Mayo Clinic, I remember doing ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on November 7, 2013
  • Best State to Practice

    I just finished reading the October issue of PT in Motion, the APTA's publication I receive each month with a copy of the Physical Therapy Journal. The writers of PT in Motion ranked all states and the District of Columbia based on six specific criteria: ● Quality of life (for PTs and the general population) ● Literacy rates ● Employment ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on October 11, 2013
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