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 […]

PT + Technology = Physical “Tech-rapy”

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 […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

My Brother’s Keeper: Part II

Last month, I shared with you my experience working with a homeless patient and how indifferent some individuals could be toward him. I considered my having worked with him as my way of giving back, which I had always done for several years during the holidays.

I couple of weeks […]

By |December 12th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||1 Comment

My Brother’s Keeper: Part I

A couple of weeks ago, I was requested by our school administrators to work on assessing the effectiveness of one of our campus initiatives called “My Brother’s Keeper.” This project was initiated three years ago to address the needs of homeless students enrolled in our institution.

My orientation to the […]

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

PT 101: Artistry in physical therapy

“Physical therapy is the art and science of treatment using various therapeutic modalities to alleviate patients’ symptoms, address physical dysfunctions, and to assist patients in achieving their highest rehabilitation potential.”
I still remember memorizing this statement in preparation for my interview for PT school in the mid-80s. I thought that […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

In search of a new question: Why can’t we?

Aug. 11 marked my 25th year of living and working in the U.S., having arrived here to work as a contract physical therapist in 1989. In celebrating my 25th year, I decided to drive to Jacksonville, Fla., where most of my former roommates and best friends chose to establish themselves. […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

What it takes to ‘produce’ a physical therapist

Last May, I attended a graduation event for one of my mentees, JC. The event is the culmination of his three years of physical therapy education. As I sat in the audience listening to speeches, mixed with the sniffling of family members, I wondered: “What did it take for […]

A lesson from angry birds

I went home one afternoon, disturbed by the status of a new patient whom I evaluated and treated earlier during the day. She said she was seen by a therapist from another clinic for the last six weeks for her orthopedic-related symptoms and dysfunctions; however, she did not see […]

By |April 30th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor||2 Comments

The proof is in the research

One of my patients went for her regular checkup with her family physician and was directed to undergo several routine lab tests, which she agreed to. On the day that she was scheduled to meet with her physician for her test results, she requested that I accompany her. She […]

Searching for the “X factor”

 

During this year’s American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in February, I navigated the exhibit halls, aisle by aisle and booth by booth. If you took the time to observe the interactions between prospective employers and people who visited their booths, it was amazing how much you could […]

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