Your anything-that-starts-with-a-lowercase-i addiction is getting worse. It started innocently enough with an iPod, or maybe one of the first iPhones. But for years you could leave it at home, in the car, or at the bottom of your desk drawer without puddling to the floor in the sobs of severe separation anxiety.

That was until the iPad—the magical tool that allows you to browse the web, check your email, manage your practice, and slice your way to the high score on Fruit Ninja.

As if that wasn’t enough, here’s some more fodder to fuel your Apple affinity—three must-have 2012 iPad apps

 for physical therapists.

Core ($39.99) Make Core the core (see what I did there?) of your iPad app collection and you’ll have over 250 clinical tests to diagnose musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders at your fingertips, plus detailed descriptions, instructions, and videos on how to use them. Here are some of the coolest features:

  • pocket reference with periodic updates of emerging research
  • Covers tendinous, neuropathic, ligamentous problems for each body part
  • Reliable and valid diagnostics
  • Links to supporting medical references
  • Reference reviews via abstracts in PUBMed
  • Free updates when new tests are available in the literature, or newstudies with diagnostic properties for old tests are published (i.e., no need to buy a newer edition)

EIM PT Mobile ($1.99) Choose from over 150 of the top physical therapy journals, blogs, and news sources and stream the feed directly to your iPad. Then, share the top stories with your entire network through Facebook, Twitter, and email. And feel good doing it; 10% of EIM’s proceeds will go to The Foundation for Physical Therapy or PTHelpForHaiti.org.

Pocket Body ($29.99) How better to visualize the human musculoskeletal system than with this anatomically accurate interactive atlas of the human anatomy on your iPad? Experience high definition illustrations, add learning notes, and self-assess with built-in anatomy quizzes. View each layer of the skin, musculature, ligaments, and skeleton from an anterior, posterior, lateral, and plantar view.

How do you like them Apples? Let us know about your favorite PT iPad apps today!

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