The Referring Provider Owns the Results—Referral for Imaging by Physical Therapists

In this conversation with Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, Dr. Keil notes that the evidence supporting direct access is now clear and that data indicate that physical therapists refer for imaging less often and use it more appropriately than other first-contact providers.

Implementing Telehealth in Your Practice STAT: Practical Guidance from Experienced Telehealth PTs Q&A Recorded (March 30)

Telehealth and telePT are increasing in scope and availability to providers and patients. As adoption and uptake of these delivery innovations has expanded, physical therapy research and education has been slow to address the nuances of clinical reasoning and patient management in a setting in which the patient is not in the same location as the clinician. In this panel, providers across specialties answer questions from audience members.

Success Story: Avoiding Back Surgery to Return to Marathons

November 20, 2014: Andrea Parada ran her first marathon in her 40s, pain free.  Months later, she could hardly get out of bed, get dressed, or brush her teeth without debilitating pain.

Andrea had suffered a herniated disc in her lower back. Initiatially, she had hoped it would get better on its own, but a few months later, after trying multiple treatment options, she worried that surgery may be her only option.  Not only did she want to return to a pain free life, she wanted to run marathons again.

In this episode, Andrea talks about her love for running, and how her painful injury almost jeapordized that and other aspects of her life. Joining her is her physical therapist, who specializes in running injury management. Not only did he help return her to a pain free life, but Andrea is running marathons again.

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Sports Psychology and Injury Rehabilitation

November 6, 2014: An athlete with a torn anterior cruciate ligament faces a daunting rehabilitation challenge, with or without surgery.  A significant amount of physical therapy is likely to be involved to regain strength and range of motion. But the athlete’s body might not be the only thing that could benefit from treatment. Their thoughts and emotions could need rehabilitation as well.

Recent studies suggest that fear of reinjury is commonly cited among knee injury patients who don’t return to their sport. The body may be willing, but the mind may not.

In this episode, a sports psychologist from the Ohio Center for Sports Psychology and a physical therapist from the Cleveland Clinic discuss how an athlete’s belief in his or her ability to recover from any injury, and their understanding of the process to get there, can be key to returning to sport.

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Childhood Obesity

October 24, 2014: America’s obesity epidemic provides staggering statistics, most alarming are those affecting children.

In the United States, 68% of adults are estimated to be overweight, with 36% falling in the obesity category. Roughly 16% of children age 6-19 are estimated to be obese, and so are at least 10% of children age 2-5. Approximately 325,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are attributed to obesity, which can contribute to an array of other health problems from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to loss of mobility and depression.

In this episode, a physical therapist discusses the impact of being overweight and obese for children, and specific programs designed to get them active, moving, and healthy.  She also addresses the dangers of being overweight children cleading to being overweight adults, and the associated health risks, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, loss of mobility, and depression.

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7 Myths About Physical Therapy

October 9, 2014: People everywhere experience the transformative effects physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist.

In celebration of National Physical Therapy Month during October, the American Physical Therapy Association addresses and debunks the top “7 Myths About Physical Therapy.” In this episode, a physical therapist addresses each of the 7 myths, and the actual facts, about physical therapy.

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Choosing Wisely: 5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question

September 18, 2014:  Choosing Wisely is a national campaign to promote conversations between health care providers and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments, and avoiding care whose harm may outweigh the benefits.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) joined the campaign, initiated by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and created a list of “5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question.” In this episode, two physical therapists examine this list and discuss how this effort aims to educate consumers on health care procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence.

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Childhood Cancer and Physical Therapy

September 10, 2014: According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, approximatelyt 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, and approximately one quarter of them will not survive the disease. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, during which supporters of the fight against childhood cancer are encouraged to wear gold ribbons.

One of the many who will “go gold” this month is Roya Giordano, whose 13-year-old son Mathias has osteosarcoma – a bone cancer that developed in his right leg.  In this episode, Roya shares her family’s journey with the disease, and talks about the special bond Mathias has developed with his physical therapist Mike Reing, PT, DPT, whose work with Mathias is all about preserving his quality of life.

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Back to School: Accessing Physical Therapy in the Classroom

August 28, 2014: For many kids, getting through the school day is only as challenging as the educational material.  But for some with special needs, simply navigating to and through the classroom is a challenge in and of itself.  Available to help them are health care professionals such as physical therapists. 

In this episode, a school-based physical therapist discusses her role working in schools and treating children with disabilities related to conditions such as muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, and multiple sclerosis, among others. She also addresses how her goal isn’t simply to improve a child’s strength or range of motion but to enhance their function according to the specific needs of their school setting.

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Success Story: Overcoming a Lifelong Disability to Become a Professional Cyclist

August 15, 2014: Hit by a car while riding his bike at the of 14, Tim Haitz was critically injured, spending days in a coma, weeks in the Intensive Care Unit, and months in traction.  He didn’t stand and bare weight for almost 10 months after his accident.

After the accident, his life as he knew it had changed. Never properly rehabilitating his injuries, he went on to live a life of dysfunction and pain. It wasn’t until his late 30’s when he began to work with a physical therapist that his life would change course yet again, but for the better. He overcame his disabilities to become a professional cyclist, and was so inspired the impact of his physical therapist, he returned to school to become a physical therapist.

In today’s episode, he and his physical therapist discuss the complexities of overcoming those injuries, and what Tim has achieved.

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Infantile Scoliosis and Pediatric Physical Therapy

August 5, 2014: By the time Linda Cook took her 10-month old son Evan to his 4-month check-up, she was convinced he had scoliosis. Evan was having trouble breathing, he was losing strength and range of motion, and he had a noticeable hump around his ribs. Tests confirmed that Linda was right.

In this episode, Linda discusses what a rare condition infantile scoliosis is, what it’s like to be part of her son’s physical therapy team, and the big gains her little patient is making. Evan’s pediatric physical therapist joins her.

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