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  • It's Time to Renew My APTA Membership

    It's that time of year again. I just opened my mail and found my APTA renewal notice. For a mere $585, I can continue to receive all the benefits of membership. This amount includes APTA membership, Texas chapter membership and membership in three sections. The only one of those I have any interest in maintaining is section membership. My last ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2015
  • The Power of Not Trying So Hard

    My former colleague Mark likes to say, “We should never be working harder than the people we are serving.” It took me a really long time to learn this valuable lesson, and I am still deepening my understanding of it. I believe most of us entered into healthcare because we want to help other people. However, the reality is that we really ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on April 17, 2015
  • Early PT Cost-Effective for Low-Back Pain

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on April 9 detailing the results of a recent study published in the scientific journal BMC Health Services Research. The study demonstrated that early and guideline-adherent physical therapy following an initial episode of acute, non-specific low-back pain ...
  • Who Is Going to Pay for This?

    As I've read the responses my latest blogs have generated, I've noticed a few common threads. Everyone seems to be in agreement on the problems. We might not prioritize them in the same order but all agree they exist. We also agree the APTA is either unaware of these issues or is unwilling to address them. Last week, I was in Minnesota teaching. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2015
  • Doesn't the APTA See It?

    For the past few weeks, I've been writing about problems facing the physical therapy profession. These include tunnel vision focused on direct access and practice without referral. Another is the public perception of who we are and what we do. Still another is poor membership in the APTA and why most PTs don't see the benefit of being a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 9, 2015
  • The Things I Hear at Horse Shows

    Last weekend was another horse show. During the downtime, I was involved in two conversations that illustrate some of the points I frequently make. The first occurred between two women who didn't know I'm a PT. The second occurred with a high school senior who did know. The two ladies were discussing a recent hospitalization following an ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 2, 2015
  • The Perception About PT

    Last weekend I had dinner with some friends. One of my newer acquaintances knew what a physical therapist does. First he wanted to know what clinic I worked at. When I told him I work in a hospital, he wanted to know how I liked working with shoulders and knees after surgery. I finally had to explain in detail what I do each day. This included an ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 27, 2015
  • Offering a Therapist Recommendation

    ''I need therapy. Refer me to someone who knows what they're doing.'' This was an actual request to me last week. One of our CNAs has an Achilles tendon injury. She has been wearing a moon boot for a few weeks. Last week her physician ordered physical therapy for her. I wasn't much help for the request. I'm not in the loop of people who would ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • Confidentiality and Healthcare

    I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see ''The Bob Newhart Show.'' On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing assortment of quirky patients who appeared on many of the episodes. I loved that show in ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • State Advocacy Days

    I recently attended my state's Advocacy Days in Florida's capital city, Tallahassee. This event is organized by our state's professional association, the FPTA and was focused on current efforts to update our state practice act to give full, unrestricted direct access among some other changes. The Advocacy Days event was two days in length. The ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
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