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  • 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
  • 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
  • Maintaining Relationships in PT School

    Today, I heard from an old friend and realized that I'm having a hard time keeping up with relationships outside of school. Last week, I got home at 8 p.m. or later every night, even on Sunday because we had a fundraiser event! In sum, I'm on campus at least 50 hours a week. It can be so consuming that we often refer to our non-PT friends as the ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 8, 2014
  • Future of Therapy

    With today's technology, there's no reason for therapists to sit and wait for equipment to be delivered through a third party. When every therapy department has a 3-D printer, we can receive a 3-D fax that will print up the equipment we ordered. Knee braces, walkers, extra parts for broken equipment, you name it and we'll have it. X-rays will no ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 4, 2014
  • 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
  • My Disappointing Stroke Patient

    Everyone who knows me knows how neuro-focused I am. It's easy to imagine me getting excited when a relatively fresh ICH patient was admitted to our facility. I felt like someone gave me a present. He'd had some complications postoperatively so he came to us prior to rehab. As soon as I read the chart, I was already thinking of what I wanted to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2014
  • A Scary Semester

    While I'm happy to report that I finished my first semester with great grades and learned an enormous amount of information, I have to admit that I'm terrified for the semester that begins tomorrow. This time around, our classes include Medical Pathology/Pharmacology (combination course), Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Clinical ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • Strictly Science-Based

    Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset, but there are other stem cells out there that research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping people recover from devastating illnesses. As a purely scientific reading, stem cells are ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • A Permanent Placement

    For the past year, I've been working in a ''fixed-term'' position. What that means is that I have a contract for exactly 11 months. The post is not guaranteed to run past the end of October. Fortunately, a position became available in the same NHS Trust but for a neighboring locality. I've interviewed and been given the job, which is permanent. I ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 19, 2014
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