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  • Changing Goals

    With one week left until graduation, I had my most challenging patient-care conversation since starting PT school. One of my current patients, whom I happened to work with in inpatient rehabilitation during my previous clinical rotation, is a very complex case. He suffered an anoxic brain injury that unfortunately was complicated by a transfemoral ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • Can You Describe Your Dizziness?

    We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded ''dizziness.'' It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety of physiologic and even psychological issues. I personally have seen patients with a primary ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 10, 2014
  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Repeat Patients -- Same Approach?

    For the first time ever, I'm treating a patient who returned for repeat therapy after being discharged a month or so ago. This patient, who is impaired following an anoxic brain injury and transfemoral amputation, has been through the medical ringer in the past six weeks. His first course of care was very challenging, however we made some great ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on February 24, 2014
  • Falls -- They Come in Threes

    Just over a week ago, I had my first experience with an incident report. All in all, it wasn't a big deal. A patient of mine with T11 paraplegia was attempting to stand from his wheelchair to complete a 10-meter walk test. As it turns out, his brakes (even when engaged) barely work. He went to push up from the chair, it started to slide backward, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • Physical Therapy Co-Pays

    You have to love insurance coverage. When January 1 came around, a number of our patients learned the unfortunate news that their co-pays had jumped anywhere from $10-$50. (The increase from $0 to $50 was an isolated event; however I'd estimate the average rise being around $15). This was a surprise for the majority of our patients, and the most ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 13, 2014
  • Utilizing Downtime

    I guess it's inevitable that in a city (Pittsburgh) with cold, snowy winters, there are bound to be a ton of cancellations in the winter months. Add that on to an already light caseload (which I assume is also related to the winter months), and it can make for some very slow days. Take last Friday, for example. I only had six patients on my ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 6, 2014
  • Outpatient PT -- A Different World

    So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Even as a student, I knew the outpatient setting wasn't where I wanted to start my PT career. ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on December 18, 2013
  • PT Students Working Holidays

    It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings up Thanksgiving, which spins into the winter holidays, and all of a sudden you're in a panic ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2013
  • The Great Weight Debate

    I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was also blessed with some pretty good genes when it comes to weight (lots of skinny Irish-folk in ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on November 27, 2013
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