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Playing Catch Can Improve Balance, Prevent Falls In Seniors

Our awesome PT, NCS, DPT, Katie Stout, shared this article with me, so I wanted to pass it along. Very interesting! Your thoughts? “Research: Playing Catch Can Improve Balance, Prevent Falls In Seniors The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and might help prevent falls in the elderly, according …

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3 Things Physical Therapists Should Know When Working with Clients With Dementia

Alzheimer’s and other dementias are neurological diseases Cognitive impairment in early stage Alzheimer’s disease limits a physical therapist’s ability to accurately assess motor skills, muscle tone, and strength. Because therapists typically use traditional fact-finding approaches like question/answer and verbal commands, Alzheimer’s patients can be dismissed as “within functional limits” or “not appropriate for therapy” due …

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Total Joint Rehab . . . A Functional Approach

Most people who experience joint dysfunction over time don’t just lose mobility in a single joint; they lose entire patterns of movement. A person with an unstable knee or painful hip gradually stops squatting, bending, and rotating. He or she may lose vestibular and peripheral balance responses due to lack of use. Compensatory movement patterns …

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Common Myths and Misconceptions About Home Health Therapy

Sometimes while I am interviewing potential new hires, I feel their apprehension and anxiety about moving into the field of home health physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Although the idea of home health sounds like a flexible and rewarding career path, they are still nervous about the “what-ifs”. Let’s break down the common myths and …

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Successful Outcomes in Home Health: Sometimes It Takes More Than a Great Clinician

Sometimes it takes a village. I recently treated a client who made tremendous progress and experienced very successful outcomes.  It’s a great example of how family involvement can facilitate positive changes with only a few helpful, yet firm, recommendations. An elderly woman with a history of Parkinson’s disease was referred to home physical therapy by …

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