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  • Treating a Difficult Patient

    ''I'm paying to be here and be taken care of. You will do what I tell you.'' It's bad enough we struggle for respect from physicians and occasionally other disciplines. I would say the majority of the population doesn't know what we do or the amount of education required to be a therapist. Usually if we work hard and prove ourselves, the respect ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 20, 2015
  • 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
  • ‘We're All Gonna Need Physical Therapy Soon'

    I spent last weekend at a horse show in San Antonio. Even though I had both show horses with me, there was still a lot of down time. Since everything is close quarters it's easy to overhear conversations. While I was waiting I was surprised to hear someone in the barn next to us say, ''We're all gonna need physical therapy soon.'' I wasn't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • ‘I Can't Wait Until I Can Walk Again'

    Last Saturday, one of my patients at the SNF was a woman with left femoral neck and humeral shaft fractures. She'd undergone an ORIF to repair the hip and the arm was immobilized. She was NWB on both extremities. Like many of our patients, this was not a small woman. She was limited by bilateral knee arthritis and admitted she didn't walk much ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 20, 2013
  • Being Put on the Spot

    I believe I've mentioned being a certified McKenzie therapist in my former (pre-neuro) life. I still use those skills, particularly when one of my horses needs some work. However, I generally don't talk about it. I like to avoid those ''why aren't you doing that?'' questions. Nor do I want to spend my lunch time fixing someone's back or ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 16, 2012
  • Very Acute Therapy

    This week I found myself at an outpatient orthopedic clinic treating work-related injuries. The clinic was one of several in the area. They have agreements with many local industries to provide medical and therapy services to injured employees. The injured worker sees the doctor at the clinic, is given a script for therapy and starts as soon as ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 9, 2012
  • Working While Injured

    This morning, one of the OTs I work with came in on crutches. She'd hurt her foot over the weekend and wasn't able to bear weight through it. She said she thought she would be OK because she could do most of her work sitting down. Occupational Health didn't agree with her. They sent her home. That is one of my biggest fears. I'm afraid I'll be ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 11, 2011
  • Therapeutic Hypocrisy

    The annual Houston Marathon was a hot topic at last week's district TPTA meeting. Our leadership came under fire for providing free massages to the runners after completing the course. This practice has been going for several years and I have never supported it. I don't understand how on one hand we fight to separate ourselves from massage ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 11, 2011