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Has someone ever asked you to describe yourself in 3 words and you inevitably stumble over a multitude of words trying to pick the 3 BEST words you can come up with to encompass every facet of your personality only to fall short and add a supplemental 4th or 5th... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at RehabCare CareerSPOT
It happens to the best of us. We all have our days. Be it a physical therapist, an actor, a brain surgeon... we all get tired of our careers sometimes. There's nothing wrong with it and frankly I'd be concerned if someone didn't question themselves now and then. Thinking critically about your career and what it means to you sounds like nothing more than a sign of positive brain activity in my opinion. Thanks to a tweet from @physioweb we caught a post that stopped us in our tracks today. From the Physical Therapy Webspace forum someone posted a plea... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
I just found a fascinating group online called Online Technology for Occupational Therapy. If you're an Occupational Therapist and you're reading this post, chances are you'd be interested in this group. They seem to exist just to evangelize the use of new media tools and communication platforms in the Occupational Therapy field. They even going so far as to quote Tim O'Reilly, making a compelling argument for the use of emerging technology: ...the success of Web 2.0 lies in the fact that it has provided tools that have embraced the power of the Internet to harness collective intelligence (O'Reilly, 2005).... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
There is a webinar on therapy related medicare this week brought to you by RehabCare. Full disclosure for new readers: RehabCare sponsors this blog and the webinar. I'm very rarely self-promotional here but this sounds pretty interesting so I wanted to share. Plus it's a fitting followup to our post about PT's meeting with congress about direct access under Medicare. Without further ado, here are the juicy details: Understanding the ins and outs of Medicare is essential to having a successful career as a therapist. Join RehabCare for our upcoming Webinar where we will be sharing tips and strategies to... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
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Apr 30, 2010
The victims of two severe auto accidents nearly 10 years apart were put back on their feet in 2009 by a combination of their own hard work and the dedication of their RehabCare therapy teams. Cheryl Williams, 50, was a registered nurse for nearly 20 years when she sustained a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at RehabCare CareerSPOT
Every year CNN publishes it's "50 Best Jobs in America" list. Coming in at #14 is an Occupational Therapist. The criterea used to determine the best jobs included pay, opportunity, and quality of life. In all of these categories Occupational Therapy ranked above average! In 10 years demand is expected... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at RehabCare CareerSPOT
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Healthcare reform has been pushed through for the most part but more than a few people we've talked to are unclear just what "health care reform" actually boils down to in the world of Physical and Occupational Therapy. We're betting you haven't read the 4386 pages in question but don't worry, we didn't either. Instead we sent our crack team of researchers to comb the internet and make sense of it all. Follow along for the breakdown. The PTWA blog posted the details APTA sent out March 21st. The short version is that 2 bills have now passed the House... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
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Mar 15, 2010
While the date has been pushed to March 1st, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of California had originally planned to reduce payouts by up to 200% for physical, occupational and speech therapy this month. Oh California, what a strange place you are. Physical therapists, as you would guess, are not thrilled with this. Kaiser Health News summed up what the California media outlets had to say about it: The Associated Press/Philadelphia Inquirer: The lawmakers "said they were astonished" by the rate hike. "'How are Californians supposed to afford health insurance with these rate increases?' Democratic Assemblyman Dave Jones of Sacramento... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
See this is why we like Twiter. It keeps us in the loop on things we might have otherwise missed. Take for example this new podcast by the PTJournal discussing mobility differences between younger and older adults. They discuss a recently published study by Manuel Hernandez about reasons why older individuals have trouble with stooping, crouching and kneeling. Here are some highlights: Define what stooping, crouching and kneeling mean Testing of muscle groups in the study Standardizing measurements Relationship between isometric/static force and balance At 17 minutes it's a fairly short podcast that's good for a quick listen. The participants... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
It's that time of the month again. Social Media Club Chicago is throwing a bash and it's looking quite tempting from where I sit. I've never been to a SMC Chicago event but from what I understand they're a blast to go to. If you're looking for a place to hang out and network with some folks that understand where things are going online, this is the place to do it. I'm hoping to get by there myself. Full details after the break. Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:30pm - 8:00pm Q Room 565 Quincy Chicago, IL View Map In order... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
A New York Times post about treatments in physical therapy started some interesting conversations last week. Two more posts followed up, continuing the discussion: are physical therapists and their treatments necessary? We pulled some choice quotes to share and get you thinking. Let us know who you side with. The author of the original post, Gina Kolata, had some experience in physical therapy along with some skepticism: ...my health insurance companies have always covered physical therapy for sports injuries. Yet their willingness to do so is not necessarily an indication that the therapy is effective... ...the treatments I’ve had —... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
Orthopedic and sports medicine blogger Mike Reinold just posted a pretty comprehensive list of his top posts of 2009. If you haven't read Mike's blog before you should check it out, he's the head trainer of the Boston Red Sox and a leader in sports therapy and orthopedic rehab. Here's some of our favorites: My Top 5 Least Favorite Rehabilitation Exercises The Essential Reading List Rehabilitation Protocols 5 Things I learned in 2009 Mike is a respected medical professional and a good writer. He's a great resource for continuing education that you should check out if you're in the field. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
A group of Chicago parents with speech delayed children meets every month to talk about their experiences. They might be looking for a Speech Therapist or student to participate and possibly lead the group. We thought this would be a great opportunity for a graduate to help out in the community and build some relationships. For more information about the group take a look at their meetup page or contact the organizer Michelle Manley. Let us know if this is something you'd be interested in and we'll happily get you in touch. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
ADVANCE web just post their top 10 occupational therapy stories for 2009 over on their blog. The list is a of their most read stories covers everything from salary ranges to becoming an independent contractor. Give it a look and let us know what you think. We're big fans of ADVANCE and encourage you to check them out regularly. It's a great source of education for Occupational Therapists. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at SPOT On Chicago
LivingRheum.com, a resource for those living with RA, recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of Occupational and Physical Therapy in the life of a Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient. Running 6:08 long, it's a quick overview of the benefits and importance of what PT's and OT's can offer to those suffering with RA. With suggestions of programs that might be used, it's informative for RA patients and Therapist students alike. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at SPOT On Chicago
Rehabcare Recruiting is expanding its blog projects into the Chicago area. Our goal for this site is to provide comprehensive information about: Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy Meetings and Associations Job Postings Events and Conferences New Technologies Best Practices Other Therapy Bloggers and more... We're working on the site now, but soon will have all the info, so be sure to check back soon, and connect to us on Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2009 at SPOT On Chicago