In our modern day calendar it seems everyday has some event and cause fighting for our awareness, support or involvement.  A quick glance reveals there are over 1,200 national days.  Some with lofty history and rich legacy: National Freedom Day (Freedom From Slavery) and Human Rights Day. Others are fun, silly or real head scratchers.  National…

Healthcare Reform

Understanding How Healthcare Reform Affects Physical Therapists If you’ve worked in healthcare for 5 or 10 years, you can’t help but notice that your job keeps changing. Pushed along by Healthcare Reform Laws, healthcare providers are slowly but surely transitioning from “Fee for Service” to “Outcome based” reimbursement models. Physical, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language…

58% –  Adults who believe that back pain can be managed with the help of a physical therapist. Source: PT in motion May 2016 edition. Reference: APTA Study

When exercise is fun, you may not even realize you’re getting fit. For example, some people loathe the gym — the sweaty locker room, the group fitness mentality or even being self-conscious all keep them at home. But ask these same people to join a summer sports league or take a hike in the woods,…

Participating in a provider network and accepting reimbursement from an insurance carrier can help drive patients to your clinic, but as all out patient clinic managers know, this payment source comes with its own stressors. For example, the reimbursement process can be complex and may require a member of your billing department to dedicate ample…

Knee replacement surgeries have increased in frequency in the U.S. In fact, from 2000–2012, Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) surgeries increased from 250,000 to more than 600,000 per year. This could be due, in part, to our aging population of baby boomers, as well as the uptick in cases of obesity. However, another possibility is that…

Manual Therapy

Physical Therapy school provides an excellent start to a Physical Therapist’s manual therapy training.  However, most therapists realize that to increase their ability to effectively treat complex conditions, they will need more training in manual technique and theory. The two most common ways to gain additional manual therapy skills are from consulting with co-workers and…

Lower back pain affects roughly one out of every 4 Americans with chronic and debilitating consequences.  The American Academy of Pain Medicine shares the following statistics about back pain: When asked about four common types of pain, respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that low back pain was the most common…

chiropractor and physical therapist

To understand how physical therapists and chiropractors can work together, it can first help to understand the similarities and differences in these two professions. Both physical therapists and chiropractors work to help their patients restore function and movement within their bodies after an injury. However, physical therapists are trained to treat all joints, while the…

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