• articleJan 9, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Using the iPad in the PT Clinic - What You Need to Know

    By now you have heard all of the buzz surrounding the Apple iPad , which is already one of the most revolutionary tech products to hit the healthcare industry.  Over 20% of US physicians planned to buy the iPad before it was released. Pundits are now calling 2011, "The Year of the Tablet." Many WebPT members use an iPad for their documentation and more PTs have surely received or bought one for Christmas. After you sift through …

  • articleNov 23, 2010 | 2 min. read

    Communication with patients is often the most difficult part of therapy.

    Sometimes therapy is a matter of restoring mobility and rehabilitating someone's physical capabilities to the original state, however, as we all know that is not always the case. Often times, the patient must learn to live with physical restrictions and use therapy to learn to adapt to a more permanent disability. This is not always welcome news and it takes a certain approach to communicating this type of information to the patients. Giving a patient unwelcome medical …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Physical therapy needed around the world. American PTs come to their aid.

    Amputee victims in Haiti receive physical therapy from volunteer therapist but tracking of these patients becomes nearly impossible. On a Tuesday in March, Mary Anne Kramer-Urner punched "PT Haiti amputee" into an Internet search engine. Three days later she was on her way to the Rehabilitation Clinic at Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappelles, Haiti, as a representative of Physicians for Peace. A California physical therapist who became expert in amputee care working at a Veterans Affairs hospital, …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Treatment plans for arthritis patients include home exercise programs

    Giving arthritis patients a clear exercise program and monitoring their progress with documented progress notes that include pain ratings, range of motion and overall flexibility can help PTs track overall physical function of these patients. Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip should stick to physically active lifestyle to improve their physical function and reduce pain, suggests a new study. Maintenance of exercise behavior and physically active lifestyle after discharge of physical therapy improves the …

  • articleOct 28, 2010 | 3 min. read

    TOP 10 Ways a Web-based EMR System Can Improve Your PT Practice

    More focus on patient care . Less time spent with double-entry of findings and less room for error and confusion that is inevitable in hand-written notes. Simple and consistent SOAP note formatting gives you uniform documentation throughout your clinic. More professional image. Physicians have already started using EMR systems and come to expect the same from other medical professionals. Reduce supply costs . Average cost of paper charts can be anywhere from $3 to $6 in raw …

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