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  • Healthcare Knowledge Is Power

    I was plugged into the news last week in anticipation of the Apple event where the iPhone 6 and iWatch products were announced. I look forward to learning about new technology and have grown to look forward to the events hosted by Apple (and other tech companies) each year. What excites me about the new Apple line, more than the other ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on September 18, 2014
  • Patients Who Give Up

    At what point do patients give up doing things for themselves? I've seen patients sit still while their spouse dresses them and combs their hair. One even admitted she brushes the other's teeth for him. I completely understand if the other person was incapable of assisting or was incapacitated in some way, but these are grown adults with ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 18, 2014
  • Making the Right Rehab Choice

    I've previously mentioned my disappointing stroke patient. First he had a stroke. Then he had almost every possible complication. Finally he's doing better and getting ready to go to rehab. Everyone agrees he needs to go to rehab. Now there's disagreement about which one. In Houston there are several inpatient rehab centers. One specializes in ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 17, 2014
  • How the USA Could Kill the British NHS

    There is currently a huge issue facing Britain as Scotland votes this week on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. While watching a debate on the BBC this morning, I learned about something else that could have devastating effects on the National Health Service. That something is the EU/US Free Trade Agreement or the Transatlantic Trade and ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on September 17, 2014
  • My First Physical Therapy Conference

    Over the weekend, I attended the Florida Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The conference ran from September 11-14, and it was a great few days. I attended an interactive ''Speed Dating'' session where we got six 15-minute Q & A's with various PTs on different topics like Practice and Advocacy, the Chapter ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 15, 2014
  • Excuses, Excuses

    Over the past few years, I've written many-a-blog on the subject of patients refusing therapy. I've discussed different approach techniques and tactics, depending on the patient, which might help improve compliance. This week, I was the recipient of (arguably) the most creative ''decline'' as to why a patient could not do therapy. As I ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • Expired Medications

    I toured an outpatient rehab facility a few years ago and was brought into a room that was used mainly for storage, and sometimes for wound care. There was a smaller whirlpool in the corner and a moderate amount of wound care dressing supplies and handouts for patients regarding wound care pathologies, symptoms and treatments. The tour guide (a ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on September 12, 2014
  • How Much Do I Make?

    Pay scales are all over the chart in the therapy profession, yet reimbursements in most states are the same whether a PT or PTA (and sometimes an aide) treats the patient. So, should the PT still make more than the PTA? The argument over the higher education does not seem significant when there are PTAs with master's degrees working under a BSPT, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 11, 2014
  • High-Deductible Health Plans

    Even though I'm living in England and enjoy the national health insurance, I still follow what is going on in the USA insurance market. I read a disturbing article in the New York Times this week about people choosing high-deductible insurance plans. It got me thinking about the dangers of these types of policies. Most importantly would people ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on September 9, 2014
  • Working in a Wheelchair

    No, I'm not the one using a wheelchair. One of my fellow therapists is. She has chronic knee and ankle problems. It started out as wearing a walking boot, then progressed to a knee brace and either a walker or a wheelchair to get around. She chose the wheelchair. The rest of us don't know what to think about this. She says her problem is walking ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 9, 2014
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