Every year during the holidays, my blogs and editorials for TodayinPT.com have focused on asking the question, “What have you done lately?” and then sharing with readers the volunteer work and community-based activities that I have selected to engage in during the holiday season. This personal tradition has given […]
While waiting in the veterinarian’s office to pick up my dog, Koji, I kept myself occupied by watching the colorful fish in a huge saltwater aquarium. Several of the fish looked like Nemo and Dory, a few had spiny scales and seahorses floated in the water above the corals. […]
Although we have not entered a licensure renewal cycle for PTs and PTAs here in Florida, I have begun to actively plan where and how I will acquire 24 continuing education hours necessary for licensure renewal in 2017.
A national APTA conference is always at the top of my list. There […]
I am often consulted by physical therapists and PT assistants regarding patient treatments, difficult patient situations and ethical dilemmas in practice, to name a few scenarios. At times, I find myself arbitrating a disagreement between therapists who cannot agree on treatment philosophies.
A nursing home administrator once told me, “Sometimes […]
Since I transitioned to academia several years ago, I am often asked if I still work as a PT. Clearly, those who are asking want to know if I remain involved in clinical practice. I have always responded by describing how I juggle my teaching schedule with working in […]
Aside from frustration with facility-specific policies and reimbursement processes, one of the frequently cited reasons why some of my PT friends would seek new employment is dissatisfaction with their supervisors. It’s not that they can’t get along with their supervisors. It’s that some of them feel their supervisors are poor leaders […]
A few months ago, I found myself mediating an argument between two physical therapists — Simoun, an orthopedic practitioner, and Rosa, a neurotherapist. Their argument was centered on whether patients who sustained neurologic insults, such as a CVA, can recover their functions. When I investigated how this argument began, […]
By Robin Farmer
Rowena delos Santos used her expertise as a physical therapist to help thousands of patients move and function better. But memories of a successful career and rich life are fading. Rowena, 52, was diagnosed in April 2014 with corticobasal degeneration/corticobasal dementia, a rare progressive neurological disease without […]
One Saturday morning, I stood in this long line of customers at a local bank. I was the 18th customer, standing in this maze of bends and curves that hid the part in the line ahead. I occupied myself by estimating how long it would take to get to […]
Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle fingers individually and independently of each other using a mind-controlled artificial arm to control the movement.
The proof-of-concept, described online Feb. 15 in the Journal of Neural […]