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Aquatic Therapy: Level of Immersion

Lori Sherlock, MS, ATRIC, AEA Fitness Specialist, CSCS

November 1, 2012

How do you go about choosing the correct level of immersion for therapeutic purposes during an aquatic therapy session?   Read More

Typical Temperature of a Therapeutic Pool

Lori Sherlock, MS, ATRIC, AEA Fitness Specialist, CSCS

October 30, 2012

What is the typical temperature of a therapeutic pool, and what populations would benefit from a cooler temperature pool?   Read More

ROM Requirements for a Proper Golf Swing

Maurie Steinley, PT, DSc, SCS

October 24, 2012

How much shoulder range of motion is required for a proper golf swing? I am thinking of patients who are status post left shoulder replacement and are trying to return to golf.   Read More


The Future of Clinical Prediction Rules

Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD

October 17, 2012

Where do you see CPRs headed in the future of Physical Therapy?   Read More


An Appropriate Way to Handle Patient Questions About Prognosis

Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD

October 4, 2012

How do you recommend that a therapist approach a situation when a client or family member catches them off-guard by asking a question regarding prognosis when that therapist does not have a keen knowl...   Read More

Is the VMO as Important as We Once Thought?

Lori Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC

September 27, 2012

Is the new research finding that the VMO is not as important as we once thought it was?   Read More


Need Help Drafting a Letter of Medical Necessity?

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS

September 19, 2012

Do you manually type your letters of medical necessity or is there an electronic documentation system that you use?   Read More


How to Choose a Shock Attenuating Orthosis

Lori Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC

September 12, 2012

When choosing an orthotic for shock attenuation, what qualities should be considered?   Read More


My Client Tested at 5 out of 5. Now What?

Lori Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC

September 6, 2012

If a client tests out at a 5 out of 5 for hip strength on a manual muscle test, but you still have concerns that there are needs that should to be addressed, what are other tests that you can perform...   Read More


Satisfying the Active Participation Rule When Working with PTAs

Mary R. Daulong, PT, CHC, CHP

August 27, 2012

If a patient sees a Physical Therapy Assistant for four weeks in an aquatic setting, does the PT have to see the patient in the aquatic setting at least once in that timeframe to satisfy the active pa...   Read More

Therapy Assistants and the Discharge Summary

Mary R. Daulong, PT, CHC, CHP

August 23, 2012

On a discharge summary, may the Physical Therapist Assistant who has been treating the patient participate in writing the report or does the Physical Therapist need to do this themselves?   Read More

How Can Clinicians Get Involved in Research?

Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD

August 21, 2012

If a clinician without research experience has a clinical research question, how would you recommend that this clinician go about starting up a research study? How would they get in touch with someon...   Read More

Can Flawed Research Articles Get Published?

Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD

August 15, 2012

Do research articles that are flawed get published?   Read More


The Lifespan of a Wheelchair Cushion

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS

August 3, 2012

Many facilities maintain an inventory of wheelchair cushions in their storage closets. Some of those cushions have been there for quite some time. How do you know that they are still going to properl...   Read More


Wheelchair Positioning for the Bariatric Patient

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS

August 2, 2012

What is the optimal wheelchair positioning for obese individuals with a majority of their weight around their hips? Are there specific positioning techniques to utilize so that they can assist with p...   Read More


Billing for an Eval and Exercise in the Same Session

Mary R. Daulong, PT, CHC, CHP

July 27, 2012

If you evaluate a patient and in the same day issue an exercise program in which you educate, demonstrate and have them repeat it, can you bill for the eval and an exercise code if you spend at least...   Read More

Using Clinical Prediction Rules in your Practice

Stephen C. Allison, PT, PhD

July 25, 2012

For what other areas or diagnoses have CPRs (Clinical Prediction Rules) been developed?   Read More


Hybresis Versus Traditional Iontophoresis

Andrew Starsky, PT, PhD

July 18, 2012

Is there a difference in outcomes with Hybresis versus traditional iontophoresis?   Read More


Running with an Injury

Shane McClinton, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

July 17, 2012

When you are treating an injured runner, do you have them stop or limit their running?   Read More


Golfing After a Total Hip Replacement

Maurie Steinley, PT, DSc, SCS

July 6, 2012

In regard to the need for internal rotation of the hip during a golf swing, do you have any ideas for clients with total hip replacements and the restrictions that are in place after the replacement?   Read More


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