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  • Rusty Anatomy

    Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked ''What's this bone called, Mom?'' Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a ''bigger bump'' than herself. I quickly responded ''Well, that's your...'' and in that moment I realized two facts: I could ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • Physical Therapy Prime Requisite

    Name: Theraman Walkis Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Neutral Class: Therapist Assistant HP: 96 Level: 18 Strength: 15 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 13 Dexterity: 16 Constitution: 13 Charisma: 17   Magic Items Mordenkainen's Gait Belt of Walking, +2 Fall Prevention Bigby's Gloves Against Communicable Disease ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 23, 2014
  • On the Job Training

    I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate to home health or inpatient/acute physical therapy. The first and most often demonstrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 18, 2014
  • Lead PT, Lead

    There are some therapists who are born to lead and bring a dynamic quality with them during evals and treatment sessions. Others are hesitant to make decisions and will prefer the ''wait and see'' method in regard to patient care. I have worked with both types. Since I don't like to hold a PT's hand when discussing patient care and progression, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Geriatric Advice

    ''I have a positive attitude and I surround myself with positive people. I eat cleanly and have a bowel movement every day -- it makes a difference (wink).'' This wise statement was given to me by a 98-year-old patient when I asked her, ''What is the secret to aging gracefully?'' This particular person did not use an assistive device, walked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
  • Modalities and Treatments

    Since I follow the PT's direction in regard to patient care and treatment, I sometimes make suggestions in regard to modalities to facilitate the patient's recovery. Not every PT likes modalities and I respect that; however, if I see the OT providing treatment on a patient we are also seeing, and the OT is using modalities the PT doesn't agree ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 9, 2014
  • A No-Vacation Summer

    Summer is in full swing as we head into July. The kids are out of school, the sun is out (even in the drippy Pacific Northwest that I call home) and everyone has earmarked their week/s of vacation in the coming month or two. Working full-time in any job, really, warrants at least a week of mental and physical relaxation outside the ''office.'' In ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 7, 2014
  • Steps to Conquer

    I moved, again. Every time I find a new place to live, there seems to be several steps to negotiate and this can cause some problems with me. There are days my joints do not want to move as fast as I think I can and I wonder how I will be in 20 years. And woe unto me if I break a leg because I'll have a heck of a time going up and down steps just ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 2, 2014
  • Guarded Conversations

    Recently, in the middle of a treatment session, I had a patient worriedly ask me if the skilled nursing facility where we were working was ''going out of business.'' Considering how random the question was, but more importantly how concerned the patient seemed, I attempted to ease his mind with the truthful answer of the facility's stable ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 27, 2014
  • A Patient's Norm

    No one wanted to treat this patient. He was certainly different and at times difficult to understand. His goals often fluctuated based on his mood and he smelled of cigarette smoke and urine. I treated him though and we got along fairly well. His wife wanted him to be able to walk before taking him home and we achieved that goal with an SPC. It ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on June 25, 2014
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