Therapists’ lost creativity: Can we find an antidote?

During my on-site visits to check on students’ progress during their clinical internships, I could not help but notice a consistent pattern among some of the therapists I observed.

In several of the skilled nursing facilities where my students were assigned for their clinical rotation, I observed that PTs and […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||12 Comments

The glittered red ribbon

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 […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

A physical therapist’s gold kryptonite

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 […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

A second bite at the apple

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 […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

Doors and windows

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 […]

On being a good PT and neighbor

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 […]

PTs plan to converge on Capitol Hill

More than 1,100 PTs, PTAs and physical therapy students from across the U.S. will converge June 4 on Washington, D.C., for PT Day on Capitol Hill, according to a news release.

Among the top issues motivating participants is Congress’ recent decision not to include a permanent repeal of the Medicare […]

By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

The world’s best $147 bicycle

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 […]

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

Are last-minute CEUs like the running of the bulls?

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 […]

The moral compass and a message from a fortune cookie

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 […]