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  • Missed Patient Visits

    Typically patients are scheduled for 6-7 days a week for therapy based on the need of the patient. If a caseload increases, there are only so many hours in a day (although we have until midnight to get the minutes) and patients are only willing to work up to a certain time in the evening. A therapist could easily work 10 hours a day and still not ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 30, 2014
  • Only TPTA Members Can Contribute

    While attending the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference last week, I got to chat with the chapter director for a few minutes. We were standing next to the election table and PAC table waiting for people to either vote, donate or both. Eventually fundraising came up. He told me something I really didn't know. Only members ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Choosing the Right PT Program

    This time last year, I was just starting to hear back from PT programs and had attended my first interview. Choosing what schools to apply to and, ultimately, where to attend, was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Here are some of the things I considered to be most important: Location/Commute: The first thing I considered was ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on October 28, 2014
  • Adapting and Accepting

    Patients and family are often looking for a cure and return back to how they were before serious illness caused them to come to rehab. Some are resistant to using adaptive equipment or learning to self-propel a wheelchair because they don't want to adapt to a new lifestyle. Few of us do. Some know I have children with disabilities. I know there ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 23, 2014
  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • What if Patients Decided Who Gets Into PT School?

    One of the things that struck a chord with me during the Physiotherapy UK conference last weekend was the number of lay people present and involved on committees. There is a culture of involving service users on all decisions regarding health and social care here in England. I like it. It helps keep professionals from over-medicalizing everything ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 21, 2014
  • Service Learning

    This weekend, I completed my first service learning activity. Along with a team of two other girls from different programs, we presented to approximately 40 high school students about what diabetes is and how to prevent it. My portion of the presentation was on ''Exercise and Diabetes.'' While service learning activities are a requirement of my ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on October 20, 2014
  • The ‘Co-Treat' Therapy Team

    Last month, I began working with a unique and challenging patient at my facility. The person in question had not been out of bed since early spring, had serious comorbidities including permanent ROM limitation of most joints, chronic pain and (not surprisingly) was of a bariatric size. Having read this patient's POC goals, I was already frustrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on October 17, 2014
  • New Therapy Treatments

    Working with patients to achieve goals for increased independence and a way to get back home is what I do. When patients want to deviate from their goals, I don't mind but often have to redirect their efforts so the short-term goals can be met. I will discuss a patient's progress weekly (or more frequently, depending on the patient and diagnosis) ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 16, 2014
  • I Am a Doctor of Physical Therapy

    When I earned my DPT, I also earned the right to be called doctor. I must include the clarification that I'm a doctor of physical therapy. The same is true for doctors of pharmacology. I continue to find this amusing because most of my patients can't remember their names. They certainly aren't going to remember the difference. Whether or not I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 15, 2014
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