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  • 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
  • Wound Care PT

    One of my classes this semester is titled ''Integumentary.'' The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Are We Off-Base About the Obesity Epidemic?

    I was riding the train to Edinburgh yesterday to visit friends. I picked up a copy of the English newspaper, The Independent, which had a very interesting article on childhood obesity. This topic has come up frequently in the ADVANCE blogosphere. We've discussed New York's Mayor Bloomberg and his ''nanny state'' tactic of limiting the size of soft ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 1, 2013
  • Reflections on a Student's First CSM

    I just returned from my first trip to the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and I'm left with a variety of feelings about the experience. Overall, I would consider the trip a success, but there were definitely some aspects of CSM that left something to be desired. I did a lot of reflecting on the flight home, and here's what I came up with. ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 28, 2013
  • Presidential Perspective

    ST. LOUIS, MO -- The 63rd National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia is underway in the Gateway City amid a scorching heat wave. With the temperature outside climbing to 106 degrees (seriously, 106!), one of the most momentous developments here is the inauguration of James L. Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES, ...
  • Is Pizza a Vegetable?

    I was catching up on some reading this weekend, including some old newspapers and a few websites I had added to my ''must-read'' list but did not have a chance to read until now, before the chaotic holidays begin. I also caught up on some TV shows I taped and a few small projects around the house, including finally hanging some curtains in the ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on December 21, 2011
  • My PT Patient Just Friended Me

    Today at clinical, I evaluated a 17-year-old kid from a local high school who is having some problems with shin splints. Considering my crash-and-burn experience during last week's eval, I was so excited for things to be looking up. I went through the exam, picked out some useful exercises, and sent him on his way with a HEP and hopes that I would ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 14, 2011
  • The SNF Misconception

    Way back in one of the first few quarters of the PTA program, I and many of my fellow classmates would project about what field of physical therapy we could most see ourselves working in. Most of us were on the fence. The general sentiment was work for the experience and then be choosy. Outpatient orthopedic was tempting - performing myofascial ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 17, 2011
  • The "Trouble" Patient

    During my student clinical rotation, I was fortunate enough to experience an inpatient, outpatient and everything in between. The patient population was vast as well. Depending on the clinical, I saw patient age ranges between 13 and 95. It struck me as interesting that the more ''difficult'' patients I met did not fall in any one age group. The ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 8, 2011
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