In September, I wrote a column titled, “A second bite at the apple,” which discussed whether PTs should accept gifts from patients or a patient’s family members. Reactions from readers were mixed. Some agreed PTs should not accept gifts because the practice could be perceived as causing a favorable […]
I met Wendy back at PT school in the Philippines, where we became very good friends. Along with a number of other classmates, we used to spend countless hours studying and memorizing physical therapy terminologies, muscle origins and insertions, goniometric measurements, lab values, etc. I recall Wendy having a […]
On a recent trip I took to a city across the U.S. border into a developed country, I discovered once a PT, always a PT.
You probably have done the same thing: Watch people walk and try to analyze what is wrong with their gait, identify the muscles that need […]
Every clinical facility in which I practiced physical therapy had a policy that addresses how staff should handle gifts offered by patients: a “no acceptance” policy.
For the most part, the policy is there to maintain a therapeutic and professional relationship between the therapist/clinician and the patient. The goal is […]
Recently, I had a patient who was medical missionary. Geoff had travelled to the most remote parts of the world and experienced the harshest conditions; however, these never deterred him from his goal of providing medical care to individuals who would otherwise not receive proper health care.
Every interaction with […]
During one of the few weekends that I was able to tend to my yard, I saw my next door neighbor whom I had not visited for awhile. I learned that his wife, Mrs. Jones, sustained a stroke a couple of months ago and he requested if I could […]
I have had a peculiar history with bicycles. I first learned how to ride one when I graduated from sixth grade. The bicycle was a graduation gift from my parents. Because there were no training wheels, my father steadied the bicycle as I pedaled through the streets in our […]
Depending on which state you are licensed to practice in as a PT or PTA, specific requirements for renewing your license is spelled out in your state’s PT practice act. In Florida, for example, 24 continuing education hours (equal to 2.4 CEUs) are required every two years. Additional guidelines […]
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit an educational institution in the southern region of the U.S. for a speaking engagement. I was informed by the event organizers that I would have a large audience — about 100 students. The organizers assured me that all of […]
During the past holiday season, the top three questions that patients and friends asked me were the following:
What do you want for Christmas?
What did you get for Christmas?
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?
My responses to these questions tended to be consistent: “Nothing in particular,” “Lots of different […]