• articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    In the NFL physical therapy routines become critical to athletes careers

    Most NFL players are no strangers to strengthening and rehabilitation but physical therapy following a serious injury and surgery can prove challenging to even the toughest professional footballer player. Months of ongoing rehab have become a part of many athletes daily routines. The way Brendon Ayanbadejo remembers the first significant injury of his football career, it came on a routine play. It was the fourth quarter of a road game at New England early last season, and …

  • articleNov 8, 2010 | 1 min. read

    It is Illegal for PTs to be employed by Professional Corporations in the state of California

    California based physical therapists must make sure their business arrangements are very clear. The California Physical Therapy Association is available to assist in defining new business arrangements that comply with the laws. The State of California Legislative Counsel has rendered an opinion that it is illegal for PTs to be employed by any professional corporation except for those owned by physical therapists and Naturopaths. In its opinion, the Legislative Counsel confirms that, because the existing California Corporations …

  • 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

    Demand for trained PTs increases

    The demand for Physical Therapist is growing. As baby boomers utilize physical therapy to gain strength and improve physical health, this field will continue to expand. ...According to the U.S. Department of Labor's statistics, physical therapy jobs are expected to increase by 20 percent or more during the next eight years. Additional labor department statistics currently state 60 percent of physical therapists work in hospitals or in offices of other health professionals. By Earl Holland Staff Writer …

  • 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 …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    From Front Office to Back Office to Therapy Equipment - - Technology is Ever Changing

    Most PTs are adapting technology throughout their practice. Front office management, patient documentation and therapy equipment are improving efficiencies and patient care across the board. Modernizing today’s PT practice with the latest technology is becoming a key differentiator for PT clinics. There seems to be a divide in the physical therapy industry between physical therapists who rely on equipment and those who use manual therapy. The trend in the United States is more toward using equipment, while …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Got a Practice. Need the Patients.

    Therapists are in a unique position. Physician referrals are key to a successful practice. Many PTs did not enter into their careers thinking about the different marketing aspects needed to have a flourishing practice. WebPT has designed referral reports that make it easy to track your top referral sources. Electronic documentation gives referring physicians the professional information they need to feel confident in your care of their patients. Even the most proficient PTs could be twiddling their …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    WebPT Brings You the Latest in Local and Federal Legislation affecting PTs: Doctors hiring PTs

    Should doctors be allowed to hire Physical Therapists for their offices, that is the debate? Physicians argue having the PT in their office allows them better supervision over care. With Electronic Medical Records, referring physicians can have immediate access to complete patient documentation and ongoing care plans. By Alejandra Cancino Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed Friday a Senate bill that would have allowed doctors to legally hire physical therapists because those partnerships, he said, would increase costs for …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    WebPT Brings You Local and National Legislation Updates: Optional PT services for children under Medicaid

    Physical Therapy is often considered an “optional” service under Medicaid guidelines. Children can often suffer from this the most. APTA has written the following letter on behalf of the PT industry in order to offer legislative recommendations regarding this vital issue. RE: CMS-2480-NC Medicaid Program; Request for Comments on Legislative Changes to Provide Quality of Care to Children Dear Secretary Sebelius: On behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association and our 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, …

  • articleNov 1, 2010 | 1 min. read

    Older Workers Bring Unique Workplace Pains

    As our population increases and workers find themselves living with pain caused by repeat behaviors over long periods of time, Physical Therapy needs for this aging workforce grow. Home and office exercise programs to develop new habits for these workers become a part of the documented care plan. The American work force is in the midst of a monumental shift in the age of its workers as baby boomers enter their late 40s to early 60s. Between …

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