On a rainy cold day in November, Jason Boddu greeted me with a warm smile.  Jason, a soft-spoken man with a warm smile, owns Health Source Rehabilitation in Portland, Michigan.  His reserved demeanor hides his passion for manual physical therapy.  Jason started his physical therapy journey in the same clinic that he now owns.  After…

Driving to Firehouse Fitness in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, I wondered to myself, whythe name Firehouse? As I walked in, the 14-foot tin ceilings, exposed brick, and old woodwork immediately provided my answer – the building was an actual old firehouse. Firehouse Fitness is the home of New Seasons Physical Therapy andWellness. Emily Wilson, DPT and…

Home Health presents many variables and challenges that don’t exist in other rehabilitation settings.  For example, in outpatient, the initial evaluation is scheduled for you.  You make your own schedule in Home Health. Here is a list of tips and suggestions I find extremely helpful when I do Home Health evaluations. Scheduling Call in the…

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and arthritis – are the leading causes of disability and death throughout the United States. The state of New York alone cites more than 40% of adults suffer from a chronic disease, and chronic diseases are responsible for 23% of all hospitalizations in that state….

Healthcare is filled with pressure of providing high productivity and compassionate care at the same time; it’s easy to become jaded and callous. Compassion and Productivity are not mutually exclusive, but it is a hard balance. As the years pass and stress takes its toll, I have seen nurses and therapists become hardened. Their once…

Wondering what it’s like to work as a Rehabilitation Manager? Here are a few Surprises, Challenges and Skill Set Recommendations.   You can also listen to the “From OT to Rehab Manager” podcast with Michelle here! In a rehabilitation setting, leading clinicians are often targeted for management roles. Many skilled and effective clinicians see this…

avoiding burnout

We compiled a list of some ideas that helped us decrease the feeling of being burned out. Here are tried and true ideas you can use at work and outside of work to help with job burnout. Things to do at work: When late patients slow you down. Know the clinic’s expectations for late patients…

An excerpt from a day in the life of an Outpatient Physical Therapist. Can you relate? 8:00 am: The day starts well! Hurray! You evaluated two patients. The first patient is progressing well with abdominal bracing techniques controlling his low back symptoms. The second patient, who suffered a rotator cuff injury, is also progressing well…

“There’s an app for that.”  That classic phrase which, is now part of our normal vernacular, is not lost on the physical therapy industry.   Nearly all clinics and therapist are utilizing tablets and mobile devices during their sessions and interactions with patients.  Information, examples, diagrams and a myriad of other useful tools are at…

“Shortly after becoming diagnosed with Advanced Lyme Disease my right side became paralyzed. I stumbled around on a cane for quite awhile until finally I was in a wheelchair full time. Getting to and from therapy became exhausting. After spending several months working with a therapist at a local hospital with my cane I decided…