Listening from the sideline: What constitutes a quality life?

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 […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments

Once a PT, always a PT

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 […]

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |1 Comment

What characteristics make for a good leader or manager?

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 […]

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments

Lessons from a pink flowering tree

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 |May 25th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |3 Comments

Physical therapist’s own dementia diagnosis presents challenges for family

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 […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

Bank visit leads to tutorial on robotics, healing touch

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 […]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm moves individual fingers

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 […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Longer, intense rehab boosts recovery after brain injury in rat study

For cognitive and functional recovery after a stroke or traumatic brain injury, a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation might improve the brain’s ability to repair and restructure itself, according to a new animal study that also confirmed the importance of intensive rehab.

Researchers at the University of California, […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Study: One-on-one education benefits patients before joint replacement

Patients benefit from a one-on-one education session provided by a PT and access to a custom web portal before knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a new study at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

On questionnaires, patients indicated they were more satisfied with their presurgery […]

By |March 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

The winning hand

One of the social events organized by our recreational therapist seems to be our patients’ favorite: tabletop games. Patients look forward to this activity, scheduled every Wednesday afternoon. For this, the therapist divides the patients into small groups based on their interests. Some play Scrabble. Some play Monopoly. Others […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments
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