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  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • To My Dissenters

    I have been accused of being ageist, burnt out and one anonymous reader said I should work in a fast food restaurant as a favor to the patients I see. A state licensing investigator even contacted me for something I wrote because a reader or two did not agree with my opinion. Perhaps I should stick with feel-good stories about how the PT and I ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on March 18, 2014
  • Truth in Treatment

    Since therapy has been focused on science-based evidence, I thought I would examine two treatments that are embraced by ''leaders'' in the therapy community. The first is visceral manipulation. The APTA took a hit for including this in the Section on Women's Health and I wanted to find out why. Jean-Pierre Barral, the French osteopath and PT, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 26, 2014
  • Is 'ASPT' the Answer?

    ‘ASPT' should be the new designation for PTAs who have an associate's degree in physical therapy. The PTAs who have successfully challenged the testing and don't have a degree as a PTA should not be allowed to use this. These new letters will denote we have an associate's degree in physical therapy and will practice and be licensed as a physical ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 19, 2014
  • EMS and Home Assessments

    National Public Radio recently did a story on Dr. Kevin Munjal, who is in charge of EMS at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York. His idea to put the EMS system in the forefront of preventative medicine is interesting. Rather than the EMTs and paramedics simply picking up or dropping the patients off, they should inspect the home for loose wiring, throw ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 5, 2014
  • What Am I Worth?

    There has been much discussion recently about how much people earn. Whether comparison of PT/PTA salaries by region, such as on the ADVANCE website, or in politics regarding raising the minimum wage (don't worry, I'm not going to tackle that slippery slope), people want to know: What am I worth? It's timely though, as I've been perseverating over ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 31, 2014
  • Jimmo v. Sebelius

    By January 23, 2014, CMS will have completed the manual revisions and educational campaign regarding this case. Frankly I haven't seen much about the educational aspect of the case and I had to look up the revisions they made on various websites to get a better overview and understanding of the information involved. The goal of the settlement ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on January 23, 2014
  • Working with a Disability

    There are certain employment criteria that need to be met to become a PT or PTA. However, certain provisions can be altered, provided the therapist is able to maintain safety precautions with the patient and himself while performing the skills required. Some state licensing provisions may incorporate restrictions in addition to the lifting and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on January 8, 2014
  • The Kiosk

    Imagine getting a sore shoulder from work you had done hanging drywall one weekend. There's a week wait to see the MD and a three-day wait until you can see a PT. The pharmacy down the road has a kiosk you can access and speak with a PT via monitor and a PTA on site who can take you through an exercise program after speaking with the therapist. ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on January 2, 2014
  • Employment Testing

    I have been employed in the therapy sector since 1996. I've worked in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient buildings, pediatrics, school districts, home health and wound care. I have several certificates related to different clinical and business aspects of care. But all of this doesn't make me an expert at what I do. It simply means I have a lot ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on December 18, 2013
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