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  • 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
  • Managing a Routine in PT School

    One of the toughest parts of PT school is staying on top of my routine. Aside from school-related studying and activities, I prioritize weightlifting, eating as healthy as I can and finding time to spend with friends. Here are some ways I stay on top of it: ● Become a morning person. I've been forced to become a morning person, waking up between ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on October 14, 2014
  • Further Validation

    This weekend was the Physiotherapy UK 2014 conference in Birmingham. For the first time ever, I presented a poster that had been peer-reviewed. It felt really good to be able to give something back to the profession from my work. It was the culmination of two years worth of work, studying the patients who had come through our falls clinic, ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 13, 2014
  • Treatments I Won't Perform

    A PT can come to the facility and decide not to follow any of the previous treatments or goals, and may decide to change many aspects of the treatment program. This isn't inherently wrong since the PT is responsible for the patients, but if the treatments include Kegel exercises where the expectation is for me to palpate regions I normally don't ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 9, 2014
  • Sometimes You Say the Right Thing

    Last week I wrote about my latest conflict at work. The others want to use capital budget to purchase a mechanical lift. I am opposed because mechanical lift transfers aren't functional. The patient is a passive participant. Last Saturday I was teaching a course in Florida. During the section on transfers I talk about mechanical lifts. I make the ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
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