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  • When a Patient Refuses a Bedside Commode

    ''I'm not sitting on that.'' This week I have a patient who refuses to use a bedside commode. He refuses to allow us to position the BSC over the toilet to increase the height. He refuses to do anything but use the toilet in his room. Many people feel the same way, although the BSC is considered an improvement over a bedpan. There is just one ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 27, 2015
  • 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
  • Doesn't the APTA See It?

    For the past few weeks, I've been writing about problems facing the physical therapy profession. These include tunnel vision focused on direct access and practice without referral. Another is the public perception of who we are and what we do. Still another is poor membership in the APTA and why most PTs don't see the benefit of being a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 9, 2015
  • 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
  • Whose Profession Is It?

    Two weeks ago I attended a Texas Physical Therapy Association meeting. The speaker was Mike Conners, president of the TPTA. Last week I discussed my belief the APTA is too focused on issues, such as direct access, that do not affect the majority of PTs and PTAs. Mike made another point that needs to be considered. We all know that physician's ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 13, 2015
  • What About the Rest of Us?

    Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. He touched on all the usual topics: direct access, reimbursement for outpatient services, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 6, 2015
  • Things Have Changed Since I Went to PT School

    Lately I've been getting comments on my blog posts from people seeking advice about entering the PT profession, and asking how or why I became a physical therapist. The answers to both of those questions are complex. The medical environment today is significantly different from when I went to PT school 30 years ago. I like to joke that I went to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 18, 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
  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • Why I Became a PT

    I was asked this question on Sunday by someone who doesn't know me very well. I had to stop and think a minute before replying. The answer is I don't remember. I remember applying to PT school. I remember PT school. I remember deciding I liked acute care the best. Yet I don't remember why I made a decision that has shaped my life for many ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
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