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  • OT and PT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking

    Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await ''The 100 Best Jobs'' ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for occupational and physical therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic about pursuing ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on February 4, 2016
  • PT and OT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking

    Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await ''The 100 Best Jobs'' ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for physical and occupational therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic about pursuing careers in ...
  • Body Mechanics

    A friend of mine had a successful career as a dental hygienist but ultimately needed to ''retire'' much sooner than she would have wanted to due to carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems in her wrists and hands which she attributes to the required body position necessary to perform the tasks of a dental hygienist. She pursued a completely ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 26, 2016
  • Therapy for Parkinson's

    The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology released a study on Tuesday which suggested that the current standard of care for early-stage Parkinson's patients may be a waste of time and money. The study said that both PT and OT offer ''no improvement of quality of life'' and that there were no ''short or medium-term ...
  • Therapy on Wheels

    The other day I drove by the local Bloodmobile parked in front of a large downtown bank near my house. It brought to mind an old fantasy that I had entertained for years, but never actually acted on it.  During most of my years working as an occupational therapist, my market niche was rural Central Illinois. My clients were basically ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 18, 2016
  • Can Helmetless Drills Decrease Football Head Impacts?

    The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Dallas, issued an interesting press release Dec. 18 related to the hot-button issue of head impacts in football. The release stated: ''Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this ...
  • The Obesity Issue

    Last week I heard a statistic about obesity in the United States. Currently 36% of all Americans are obese, with the number higher in the older population, according to a recent survey. I don't know if the number is accurate but it's probably close. That is a scary number for PTs since the majority of our patient population falls into the older ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 16, 2015
  • Do All Medicare Part A Patients Need Therapy?

    Today the answer is yes, particularly if the patient is a resident of the facility who went out with a medical problem. Not only do these patients need therapy, they need to be on caseload as long as possible. It is the only way a SNF can survive. Years ago, what I refer to as ''back in the day,'' we had the same scenario. We were encouraged to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 3, 2015
  • Is It Really About Autonomous PT Practice?

    My post last month, ''The DPT: How Did They Miss This?'' has generated numerous comments on the ADVANCE website, almost entirely from readers who agreed with its content. One exception, however, was an assistant professor of physical therapy who stated that making the DPT a mandatory entry-level degree was necessary for the pursuit of autonomous ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 18, 2015
  • PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists. The release stated: ''In a ‘Flash Action' effort led by students from PT and PTA education programs, supporters of legislation that would allow PTs to participate in the ...
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