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August 12, 2020

The Ultimate Guide for Continuing Education for Occupational Therapists

Alabama

Requirement TPA NON-TPA
PHARMACOLOGY or OCULAR DISEASE 10
CORRESPONDENCE or INTERNET Up to 3 Up to 3
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT Up to 3
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August 12, 2020

Communication Styles (waiting on new title)

Working in healthcare, chances are you were gifted with strong communication skills, or like me, you have had to work on strengthening at least one..

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July 25, 2020

4 Reasons to Choose Diverse or Niche Clinical Rotations

If you are lucky enough to have some input on where you go for your clinical rotations, you may be tempted to choose the basics: outpatient ortho,..

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July 18, 2020

I Took The Wrong Physical Therapy Job: What I learned

You’ve successfully aced all your exams, passed your practicals, completed your clinicals, and rocked the NPTE- congratulations! You are now a..

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July 8, 2020

Stretching in Physical Therapy: Problem or Solution?

Of late, there has been an exponential surge in online healthcare content; lifestyle/health coaches, clinicians, and many professionals are trending..

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July 3, 2020

Why Patients are Falling for Physical Therapy

As physical therapists, we are familiar with treating multiple musculoskeletal impairments, ranging from neck pain to back pain to joint injuries...

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June 24, 2020

When Your Patients Aren’t Your Peers: Communicating with Older Adults as a New Physical Therapist

The exams are behind you - time for new challenges

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June 22, 2020

Social Media Management as a Physical Therapy Student

Social media…..we are all engaged in it on a daily basis. Whether you are on it for casual viewing, or you are using it to promote your business or..

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June 10, 2020

How Covid 19 is Affecting Physical Therapy Schools

This is part three of a series on how COVID-19 is affecting physical therapy. Part one addresses outpatient physical therapy. Part two addresses..

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June 10, 2020

6 Ways to Maximize Your Commute to the Clinic

A long commute can add unnecessary stress to your day, arising from traffic delays and distracted drivers; however, if used efficiently, this extra..

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June 9, 2020

What Your Patients Don’t Know About Their Insurance Coverage for Physical Therapy

Did you ever wonder how health insurance became an entity? Well, it’s quite interesting, the first health insurance offered was actually called..

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June 9, 2020

Why the Functional Movement Screen is a Must for Rehab Clinics

I remember my first year in the Navy as a military police officer. We had just been trained in tactics, protocols, and procedures for enforcing..

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May 27, 2020

5 Ways an Orthopedic Background can Help Pelvic Floor Patients

I was first exposed to the world of pelvic health as a curious first year physical therapy student when I attended a lecture about pelvic floor..

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May 20, 2020

The NPTE and COVID-19

Spring 2020 created many surprises, life events, and dreams deferred all in the form of a virus. If you are a new physical therapy graduate, you..

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May 15, 2020

Perspective and Positivity for the DPT Class of 2020

It might not seem like it right now, but we are not the first people for whom everything has not gone to plan. I understand that not everyone is in..

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May 13, 2020

Telerehab: Beyond Virtual Visits

Why the Buzz…

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May 4, 2020

Life as a Physical Therapist in a Covid-19 Field Hospital

“Just as we rose to the occasion during the polio epidemic, I believe we have another watershed moment at our doorstep to help rehabilitate a world..

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May 2, 2020

Top 5 Tips for Physical Therapy Students During COVID-19

As we are all aware, we are in the midst of a crazy crisis called COVID-19. Throughout the past few weeks, all PT programs across the nation have..

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April 27, 2020

9 Tips to Treat Pregnant Patients in the Orthopedic Setting

Treating pregnant patients as an orthopedic physical therapist might seem overwhelming at times.

I practice in a private, outpatient orthopedic..

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April 22, 2020

How to Treat the Work Injured Patients Like an Athlete

What is an Athlete?

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April 20, 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Hospital Physical Therapy

This is part two of a series on how COVID-19 is affecting physical therapy. Part one addresses outpatient physical therapy. This article is about..

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April 15, 2020

A Glimpse Into the Training Room: Physical Therapy in Sports Organizations

Being a physical therapist for a sports team organization is a highly sought after position. Many prospective therapists have dreams of working with..

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April 13, 2020

My Story Of Working With Preferred Healthcare Staffing

My name is Linda Chu, and I am an occupational therapist working with Preferred Healthcare Staffing. I wanted to share my story. I hope that I’ll be..

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April 10, 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Outpatient Physical Therapy

With cases of COVID-19 increasing rapidly throughout the world, physical therapists in outpatient facilities have had to adapt quickly to changes in..

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April 8, 2020

10 Ways to be an Excellent Clinical Instructor

As a physical therapist, being a clinical instructor can be one of the most rewarding things you do in a field filled with rewarding experiences...

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April 1, 2020

Quick Guide for Telehealth Billing and Reimbursement for Physical Therapy

As the COVID - 19 pandemic rapidly evolves, this article will be updated accordingly

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April 1, 2020

What’s the Evidence for Compassion? The Art and Science of Physical Therapy.

Physical therapy is having an identity crisis.

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March 30, 2020

4 Reasons Why OTs Excel as Healthcare Writers

We may also assume habilitative roles, meaning we teach people these foundational skills to assist in independent living. Task analysis allows OTs..

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March 25, 2020

Top 5 Legal Pitfalls to Avoid as a Private Practice OT

However, there is a reason that our graduate-level courses typically include an introductory level healthcare administration class, along with..

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March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: Physical Therapy's Current Response

The Crisis

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March 25, 2020

Paying Off Terminal Degree Loans Outside of PT Academia

There is an overwhelming feeling among the field of physical therapy academia that a wave of well respected and seasoned veteran professors are..

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March 21, 2020

5 ways an orthopedic background can help your pelvic floor patients

I was first exposed to the world of pelvic health as a curious first year physical therapy student when I attended a lecture about pelvic floor..

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March 18, 2020

PT Study Tips: Save Time, Cut Stress, and Remember What You Learn

Whether you are just beginning PT school, or you are closely approaching your destiny with the NPTE, you want to maximize the effectiveness of your..

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March 18, 2020

How to Hire an Occupational Therapist in Rural America

However, therapy practices, healthcare facilities, and schools within rural settings may struggle to find occupational therapists who are willing to..

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March 12, 2020

Occupational Therapy Staffing Issues in 2020

Growth

Healthcare is one of the most hands-on professions in the modern world, with no shortage of job settings and job security. However, the..

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March 11, 2020

Delayed Specialization: One of the Keys to Professional Development for PTs

This is hardly the first blog post or book written about the topic of specialization and generalization. In the physical therapy world, it’s a hot..

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March 9, 2020

Occupational Therapy and Hospice: Connecting with Death

Frame of reference

As an OT working in hospice, I have the privilege of thinking about death in a different way. In school, brief clinical..

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March 4, 2020

Buyer's Guide to Home Exercise Program and Patient Engagement Apps

Technology is changing the way we do things. If you haven’t already done so, chances are you’ll soon be choosing to take an Uber to your Airbnb..

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March 2, 2020

A Complete Guide to Home Health Occupational Therapy

Organization

As a home health OT, one will not have the flexibility to run to the equipment room, storage closet, or office to print copies of home..

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February 26, 2020

When to Refer to a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

The All – Important Subjective History

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February 24, 2020

Where OTs Are Looking For Jobs: A Comparison of OT Job Boards

Occupational therapy is a unique healthcare field with a wide range of specialities and settings. Finding the right candidate can seem daunting...

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February 19, 2020

The Jobseeker's Konmari Method: A Different Way to Choose the Right Job

In her book, Marie Kondo explained that you organize your house by section. For instance, start with your clothes, take them all out of your closet,..

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February 12, 2020

How to use the STarT Back Screening tool for low back pain

Low back pain has such a broad scope of symptoms and stigmas attached to it, that it can become confusing to any therapist trying to determine what..

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February 10, 2020

Occupational Therapy and Total Knee Replacements

The client has likely been looking forward to their knee replacement surgery for quite some time. Maybe they have been unable to complete their ADLs..

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February 5, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Being a Physical Therapy Clinical Director

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a sports columnist. I loved sports, I loved writing; in theory, it seemed like a natural progression. So I..

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February 3, 2020

Interdisciplinary Communication for Occupational Therapists

One thing that occupational therapists in any setting have in common is their interactions with other healthcare disciplines. There are many other..

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January 29, 2020

How Money Is Exposing Your “Passion” for PT

“How do you rationalize becoming a physical therapist with the amount of student debt you will have post-graduation?”
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January 18, 2020

The Pros and Cons of an Accelerated Hybrid Physical Therapy Program

2-year accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs are paving the way for pre-physical therapy students to realize their dreams of..

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January 15, 2020

10 Ways to Know if Teaching in a Physical Therapy Program is Right For You

Have you been a practicing clinician for a few years? Are you starting to get an itch to move on from your current career to something different? Do..

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January 8, 2020

Standardized Assessment in the School Setting

Nervous about conducting a good evaluation or reevaluation? Maybe you’re unsure about where to start, or maybe you just have no idea how (or when)..

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January 8, 2020

Becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Over my four-plus years as a physical therapist, the way I practice has shifted. I’ve gradually come to rely less on modalities and manual therapy,..

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December 27, 2019

The Mission, Vision, and Purpose of Preferred Healthcare

In the CovalentCareers 2019 Physical Therapist Report, we surveyed 1,496 PTs and students and learned that the most important elements of an..

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December 19, 2019

A Day in the Life at ProActive PT

How did you end up working at ProActive PT after graduating?

My name is Katie Keller, PT, DPT, and I started at ProActive PT in 2017, as a new grad...

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November 27, 2019

How to Transition from Contract PT to Business Owner

How did you get into contract work?

My first job out of school in 1998 was a travel position about 3 hours from my hometown. It was a 13-week..

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November 22, 2019

10 Creative Physical Therapy Inservice Ideas

Presenting an inservice can be a stressful experience for many physical therapists—even the most knowledgeable and outgoing. Aside from glossophobia..

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November 21, 2019

The Guide to Outpatient Occupational Therapy

The term “outpatient clinic” usually refers to those clinics which treat orthopedic diagnoses and post-operative procedures. Outpatient clinic can..

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November 20, 2019

The Simple Guide to Becoming a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

According to the CDC, more than 795,000 people suffer from a stroke every year in the US. The CDC also reports that strokes are a leading cause of..

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November 15, 2019

How to Maximize Your Commute as a Physical Therapist

Picture this: you’re driving down the highway on a Monday morning. Your coffee is nice and fresh, you got some good rest after a long weekend,..

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November 12, 2019

How to Ace the OCS Exam

Congratulations on taking the next step in your career and taking the orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) exam. Gaining a certified clinical..

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November 7, 2019

All About Fusion Medical Staffing’s Travel Mentorship Program

A good mentor can be a major catalyst when it comes to achieving career happiness, developing skills, and gaining confidence as a new physical..

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November 1, 2019

Life as a Travel SLP

Travel the country for work? That sounds too good to be true! But it’s not just a dream; it can be a reality for you. As a traveling SLP, you get to..

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October 17, 2019

How to Get Your Employer to Pay for Your Physical Therapy Specialty Certification

As professionals in the physical therapy industry, it is important to continue to stay current and passionate about our careers. One of the ways..

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October 17, 2019

Tackling Your Physical Therapy Practice's Business Metrics – Free Webinar

We recently reached out to our audience of physical therapists to learn what resources you wanted most, and many of the responses we received had to..

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October 16, 2019

AAC Device Use and Training in the School Setting

Augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) is a quickly growing field. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) across all settings are finding..

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October 10, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and OT

Mental health settings can often be viewed as intimidating or dangerous by therapists, especially those who have no prior experience in the area. As..

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October 4, 2019

Top Physical Therapy CPT Codes - Plus Printable Reference Sheet

Current procedural terminology (CPT) codes are used to designate services provided by healthcare professionals. We physical therapists receive..

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September 27, 2019

When is it Time to Fire Your OT?

Is it time to fire your occupational therapist? A good occupational therapist has the potential to be the lifeblood of your facility’s healthcare..

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September 26, 2019

On the Value of the APTA and State Associations — Free Webinar

Physical therapy is in the middle of dramatic changes to the profession. Between the rise of alternative practice models and top-down changes to..

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September 26, 2019

7 Questions PT Interviewees Really Want to Ask

What is that potential hire really thinking during the interview? What questions are they thinking but are afraid to ask for fear of messing up? As..

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September 25, 2019

How to Hire an OT Who Won't Quit After a Week

There is nothing more frustrating than spending significant time, money, and resources to hire a new employee, only for them to quit after one week...

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September 24, 2019

Join the Global Movement: PT Day of Service

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September 20, 2019

APTA Issues Call to Action Following Proposed 8% Cut to Medicare Reimbursement

APTA issues PT call to action following release of CMS Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released the ..

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September 20, 2019

Getting Started as an SLP-A Supervisor

Have you been asked to supervise an SLP Assistant (SLP-A) for the first time? If you’re anything like I was, you’re probably super nervous about the..

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September 19, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Physical Therapy Practice

For physical therapists, practice marketing can be a hassle. For one thing, unless you live in a state with direct access, patient marketing doesn't..

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September 19, 2019

4 Things Your Professors Don't Teach You in Grad School - Mental Strategies

Many new grads get overwhelmed easily. I know I did. I had a fancy degree that gave me a few letters behind my name and I felt like I was suddenly..

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September 18, 2019

Interview Questions to Ask an OT

We are all familiar with the standard interview questions, most of which lack creativity and do not require unique answers. Many candidates have..

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September 17, 2019

Telehealth Q & A with Rob Vining, PT, MSPT and Kang Seo, PT, DPT – Free Webinar

Every physical therapist knows that telehealth is changing the healthcare industry.

It's no secret that technology is driving the evolution of..

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September 17, 2019

Evaluation and Assessment for AAC with School-Aged Children

Augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) is a quickly growing field. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) across all settings are finding..

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September 17, 2019

The 8 Minute Rule and Medicare: Your Guide to Physical Therapy Billing

The ability to navigate the rehabilitation billing practices and procedures of the federally regulated Centers of Medicare and Medicaid services..

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September 12, 2019

Occupational Therapy and Speech-Generating Devices

So many of the children we as occupational therapists (OTs) work with have special communication needs. At a very young age children are what we..

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September 11, 2019

5 Ways to Entice New Grad PT Students to Work for You

Graduating from PT School can be a relieving yet stressful time. For the graduate, there is a mixture of different emotions. You feel anxiety about..

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September 9, 2019

An OT’s Quick Guide to Total Shoulder Replacements

Also known as Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA), shoulder replacements are an effective procedure used to treat the severe pain and stiffness that..

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September 5, 2019

High Octane Marketing: The Key to Real Practice Freedom—Free Webinar

Watch our webinar with Dr. Jamey Schrier, PT about the potential and pitfalls of PT practice marketing!

While private practice ownership is the..

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September 5, 2019

Six Ways to Promote Self-Advocacy in School-Aged Children

As a therapist working with children who range from preschool age to young adults, I started to notice a link between how my clients were feeling..

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September 5, 2019

How Mentorship can Change Your Occupational Therapy Career

Being a new graduate in any field can be scary, especially when you are an occupational therapist. Most desk jobs just don’t carry the..

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September 4, 2019

5 Signs it's Time to Refer Your Patient

Physical therapy is truly a union of science, art and emotion where the intention to do good is fueled by a knowledgeable mind, a caring heart, and..

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August 28, 2019

Treating Clients with Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery can help clients return to occupations that caused them a great deal of pain for many months or years. Although recovering..

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August 27, 2019

What It’s Like Working at Redbud Physical Therapy

I first started working at Redbud Physical Therapy in February 2018.

I was looking for a fresh start and a place that might offer a better fit for..

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August 21, 2019

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Children with ADHD?

Children with ADHD have difficulties with tasks requiring focus and concentration. They have trouble paying attention and remembering things. They..

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August 20, 2019

You Can Always Go Back: Or, How I Changed Physical Therapy Settings

Among physical therapists, there is a tendency to move into a niche and specialize. Some PTs seem to fall in love with a particular physical therapy..

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August 20, 2019

What It's Like Working at Physical Therapy Central

I’ve been a physical therapist working at Physical Therapy Central now for a little over 2 years, but I’ve been with the company for 7 years total.

..

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August 19, 2019

Taking Your Patient Marketing All The Way To Referral—Free Webinar

In our recent survey of physical therapists, we found that the number-one goal of the majority of practice owners is to grow their practice...

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August 14, 2019

The Physical Therapy Compact Will Make Life for Travel PTs a Little Easier

If you’re a traveling physical therapist, you know that one of the worst parts of traveling is applying for a new license every time you change..

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August 13, 2019

Creating Career Defining Opportunities as an SLP Student

Often times, being an SLP student seems like a career in and of itself. However, once graduation hits, some find themselves wishing they had been..

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August 12, 2019

Building a Niche Practice and the Future of Personalized Physical Therapy - Free Webinar

On Tuesday, August 20th, we sat down with Dr. Frank Benedetto, PT, DPT, CSCS, SCS, OCS to discuss personalized care and the future of physical..

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August 7, 2019

Physical Therapy for Blocked Milk Ducts?

What does physical therapy have to do with blocked milk ducts? I’ve spoken to a number of physical therapy friends about this topic, and I’m..

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August 6, 2019

Productivity Requirements and the Patient Driven Payment Model

One of the hottest topics in healthcare is a focus on productivity. As health care professionals we need to understand the financial and legal..

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August 2, 2019

How to Market OT & PT Services If You Are a Small Clinic with a Small Budget

Where do patients come from? It may seem like a funny question to ask. But if you think about it, it’s a very important question, especially for..

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July 31, 2019

How to Set Up Facebook Ads for Your Physical Therapy Practice - Free Webinar

Physical Therapy Advertising on Facebook

We sat down with Dr. Will Boyd, PT, DPT to discuss why—and importantly, how—PTs can use Facebook ads to..

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July 24, 2019

10 Ways to Survive the First Day of PT School

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve been accepted to PT school. All those long hours, prerequisites, and work you have put in have been worth it. You start..

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July 22, 2019

100% of Your PT Patients Will Die

Attention grabbing titles sometimes have a bit of truth to them. This article is about taking a little pressure off yourself. Sometimes as PTs we..

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July 22, 2019

The 2019 Physical Therapist Report By CovalentCareers

Earlier this year, CovalentCareers conducted a survey of 1,496 physical therapists and physical therapy students. We asked questions that uncovered..

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July 17, 2019

Utilizing Strength & Conditioning Principles In Your Physical Therapy Practice - Free Webinar

Learn how to add strength and conditioning principles to your physical therapy practice

On July 31st, I sat down with Michael Masi, PT, DPT, OCS,..

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July 16, 2019

5 Tips for School SLPs Looking for Work-life Balance

Are you feeling like your job is taking over your life as a new speech-language pathologist? Drowning in IEP deadlines? Struggling to juggle it all?..

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July 15, 2019

What is Obstetric Physical Therapy?

When I was in PT school, I worked as a PT tech in a small community hospital in my hometown. One summer we got a last-minute referral sent over by..

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July 10, 2019

5 Things You Should Know When Treating a Type 1 Diabetic

Diabetes is one of those conditions you learn about at length in your DPT programs. This is for good reason! In 2015, it was reported that more than..

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July 9, 2019

Promoting Executive Function in the School Setting

School-based speech-language pathologists provide services to diverse populations with a wide-range of disabilities. Our role is to treat students’..

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July 8, 2019

The State of the PT Industry - Part 1

The climate of the healthcare industry is evolving. The last seven to ten years have seen massive, industry-wide changes to the technologies used..

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July 2, 2019

Trauma-informed Care in Occupational Therapy

We've all seen it in a patient’s medical history: the mention of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a history of trauma. When you see a new..

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June 26, 2019

How to Get Your Physical Therapy License in All 50 States

The following is meant to serve as a guide to help new graduates of physical therapy obtain the proper information to successfully complete the..

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June 25, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Continuing Education for PTs and PTAs

The following is meant to serve as a guide to help practicing physical therapists and physical therapy assistants successfully complete the..

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June 20, 2019

6 Things to Expect Your First Week as an Occupational Therapist

The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here! Your OT school journey is officially over, and your OT career is finally beginning. All your..

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June 19, 2019

Employment Contracts for Physical Therapists

A physical therapist employment contract may sound like a simple enough document, but it’s incredibly important. It clarifies expectations for..

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June 18, 2019

The Ultimate Guide for Continuing Education for OTs & OTAs

The following is meant to serve as a guide to help practicing occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to obtain information..

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June 14, 2019

How To Start A Home Health Contract Business as a Side Hustle

On Tuesday, June 13th, I was live on YouTube with Engelbert De Vera, PT to discuss how new grads and practice owners can start their own home health..

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June 14, 2019

The Basics of Vestibular Therapy

During my first internship, and before I learned much of anything about the vestibular system in school, I was introduced to the mystical world of..

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June 12, 2019

What You Need to Know About Becoming a Veterans Affairs PT

With the APTA and the Veterans Affairs (VA) officially announcing their partnership in December of 2018, now is as good a time as any to consider..

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June 11, 2019

The CovalentCareers Physical Therapy Resume Workshop

Looking to polish your physical therapy resume, but not sure where to start?

On June 13th, we held a workshop to walk new grads and experienced PTs..

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June 7, 2019

Occupational Therapist Job Descriptions: What You Need to Know

Bringing on a new occupational therapist means understanding and describing the ins and outs of the industry and your specific position in a way..

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June 4, 2019

PT and Telehealth with Rob Vining, PT, MSPT

Are you interested in telehealth and physical therapy? Watch the replay of our June 5th webinar with Rob Vining, PT, MSPT of PTLive and..

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June 3, 2019

Physical Therapist Job Descriptions: What You Need to Know

If you're ready to bring on a new physical therapist, the first place to start is with drafting a clear and enticing job description. What do you..

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May 29, 2019

Ten Tips for Working with Students with Hearing Loss

Due to the all-encompassing nature of hearing impairment, treating the needs of individuals with hearing loss can seem daunting. While you’re tasked..

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May 28, 2019

Living on the Road: Travel PT in an RV

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a travel physical therapist but fear losing your sense of stability? Well, that was me and Drew a little over a..

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May 24, 2019

5 Ways to Speak with Your Pediatric Patients

One of the first things I remember learning in PT school about the pediatric population is that children are not just small adults. Their minds and..

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May 23, 2019

How to Deal with Abusive Patients as a New Grad PT

"Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced. You never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.”..

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May 22, 2019

The Ultimate Interview Guide for New Grad SLPs

Congratulations! You’ve finished your graduate school program and are now venturing into the real world of professional speech-language pathology...

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May 21, 2019

5 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You

As New Grad PTs, we often get caught up in what we “should do” and “need to do.” Getting wrapped up in our own mind can cause us to forget what the..

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May 17, 2019

The Importance of Support Groups for Spanish-Speaking Adults with TBI

Spanish Speakers and Speech-Language Pathology

As a future speech-language pathologist, I am well aware (and incredibly excited to know) that..

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May 15, 2019

Achieving a Work-Life Balance as an Occupational Therapist

A morning in the life

5:15am

Alarm goes off, you shuffle your way to the shower, completing your ADLs with your eyes closed, mind elsewhere: Did Dr...

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May 14, 2019

Waiting Tables Made Me a Better PT

When someone tells you that they're a waiter, your first thought probably isn’t “Wow, they must be an awesome physical therapist,” but you may be..

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May 9, 2019

Top Speech-Language Pathology Certifications

Have you been thinking of further specializing your speech pathology practice? An SLP’s scope of practice is very large, and if you want to focus on..

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May 7, 2019

Maintaining a Code of Ethics in a SNF

According to Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (2010), ethics is defined based on well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what..

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May 2, 2019

OT and Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists: Collaborative Care

What is Applied Behavioral Analysis?

If you are working in a pediatric setting with children with autism, it’s likely that your clients also receive..

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April 29, 2019

10 Things You Didn't Learn in SLP Grad School

Finally, after all the stress, anxiety, and money, it’s time to graduate. You have the enthusiasm and knowledge, and you are ready. Carpe diem! But..

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April 25, 2019

The Impact of Regenerative Medicine on Physical Therapy

A recent trial use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) on a man named Roy Palmer in England has resulted in restoring his ability to..

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April 23, 2019

OT Advocacy: Inside and Outside of the Clinic

Advocacy is a staple in OT because we are trained to advocate for our patients in all areas of their lives. We can train them to advocate for their..

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April 20, 2019

Medical Marijuana and PT: A High Level Overview

Over the past twenty years, marijuana has been progressively legalized for medicinal and/or recreational purposes across the United States. Because..

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April 18, 2019

10 Assessment Tips for Evaluating Students with CCN

Evaluating the speech and language skills of any individual is no easy task, but it can appear even more daunting if the person has complex..

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April 17, 2019

Occupation-Based Intervention in SNFs

Occupational therapists working in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) often have limited time with patients in a busy rehab gym. As a new grad trying..

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April 16, 2019

Integrating Holistic Medicine Into Your Physical Therapy Practice

With the steady rise of interest in personal health and wellness, holistic medicine has become increasingly popular among patients seeking a more..

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April 12, 2019

What You Missed at AOTA 2019

We had members of the CovalentCareers team all over AOTA 2019! We gathered highlights from both practicing and future OTs to see what their favorite..

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April 11, 2019

Running Your Own Speech-Language Pathology Business: YouTube Live!

On Thursday, April 18th, we sat down with two clinical speech pathologists to hear all about the ins and outs of running your own speech pathology..

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April 11, 2019

Pros and Cons of Independent Contracting as an Occupational Therapist

Truthfully, being an independent contractor was something I excluded from my job search for a while as a new grad, but after living in a condensed..

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April 9, 2019

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

Dry needling (DN) is one of the most hotly debated topics in physical therapy. It doesn’t take more than a quick look at any medical forum or..

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April 3, 2019

Therapeutic Gaming and the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and a highly valued occupation by many current and future OT clients, and there are endless benefits to ..

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April 2, 2019

7 Time Management Tips for Home Health SLPs

When I discovered home health, making the switch was easy. I was given a flexible schedule and hours, and I got the opportunity to self manage. What..

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April 1, 2019

The 2019 New Grad Physical Therapist Report

In 2018, we surveyed 795 physical therapists who graduated between 2012 and 2017 to answer several questions we had about the industry, the job..

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March 28, 2019

The 2018 General Survey of Physical Therapists and Students

In 2017, we surveyed 1,691 physical therapists and students to get answers to the questions we were most curious about.

We hope that these 26 charts..

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March 28, 2019

The Ultimate Guide To Cash-Based Physical Therapy

This 22 page ebook will explain exactly how to start your own cash-based physical therapy practice including how to set up, market, and create a..

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March 28, 2019

The Simple Guide to Jobs After Physical Therapy School

The simple guide that takes you through everything from choosing a setting, to resume writing, job searching, and negotiating salary.

The Job Search..

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March 26, 2019

What to Do and See in New Orleans During AOTA

New Orleans holds a special place in my heart.

Although not as equipped to articulate the wonders of New Orleans as a true Louisiana Cajun, I feel..

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March 14, 2019

4 Ways to Thrive as an Introvert PT

Can I still be a people person as an introvert? How can I be a good PT and stay true to my introverted self at the same time? Should I try to make..

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March 12, 2019

Your 2019 Marketing Plan Must Address The Emotions of PT Travelers

Remember the last time you saw a generic job ad? It most likely included phrases like “results-driven” or “detail-oriented,” some poorly chosen..

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March 7, 2019

9 Reasons to Hire a New Grad

Does anyone else feel like they are running around with a shiny resume in hand, showcasing your greatest accomplishments and fancy degree, yelling,..

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March 3, 2019

8 Tips for Treating Diagnoses You Have Zero Experience With

You just passed your boards, aced your interview, and landed the OT job of your dreams. You feel amazingly confident as you enter the clinic on your..

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March 3, 2019

5 Things to Do to Prepare for Your First Clinical Placement as an SLP Graduate Student

This is part three of a three part series. Check out part one, 5 Things to Make Your SLP Graduate School Application Stand Out, and part two 10..

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March 3, 2019

10 Things to Do Before Starting an Online Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology

This is part two of a three part series. If you're still preparing to apply and have read ahead, check out part one, 5 Things to Make Your SLP..

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March 3, 2019

7 Early Warning Signs SLPs Shouldn't Ignore When Accepting a New Position

So you’ve done it! You’ve persevered and now you have completed both your educational and supervised clinical experience requirements. You are now a..

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March 3, 2019

5 Things to Make Your SLP Graduate School Application Stand Out

This is part one of a three part series. Once you've applied, check out part two, 10 Things to Do Before Starting an Online Graduate Program in..

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March 3, 2019

5 Things to Consider when Introducing Speaking Valve Trials in Pediatrics

Speaking valves were a subject that as an #slp2be I hardly touched upon in grad school before entering my clinical fellowship year. As a graduate of..

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March 3, 2019

3 Ways an OT Can Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Does your patient complain of numbness in their fingers? Have they told you that they have dropped things as if their hand has decided to stop..

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March 3, 2019

Boosting Your OT School Application

Admission to a graduate occupational therapy (OT) program is becoming more competitive. You've already chosen your major, figured out what ..

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March 3, 2019

Helpful Tips for OT School Video Interviews

Congratulations! You made it to the interview stage of the application process for occupational therapy school! If you haven't yet, and you're just..

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March 3, 2019

Why Pair MNRI And Speech Therapy? An Interview With Kaitlyn Lokey, MS, CCC-SLP

It’s no secret that holistic healthcare is gaining more and more attention. As speech language pathologists, we are highly in tune with the clinical..

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March 3, 2019

What Not to Do When Applying to OT School

Tips about how to do something are great; they give you a starting point when you have no idea where to begin. Tips about what not to do when..

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March 3, 2019

OT and PT Collaboration: Making the Most of Your PT Partner

As an occupational therapist, especially in an interdisciplinary setting, it’s more than likely you’re going to work with a physical therapist...

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March 3, 2019

Common Spanish Phrases Every OT Should Know

Hola! Does learning a new language overwhelm you? Does the thought of speaking Spanish in a clinical setting raise your BP? Well, you're in luck!..

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March 3, 2019

Occupational Therapy Burnout: The Ugly Truth No One Talks About

“You chose this career.” “That’s just the way it is.” “Suck it up.” “Take it or leave it.” These phrases, and countless others, plague occupational..

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March 3, 2019

3 Alternative Occupational Therapy Jobs For When You Need A Change

With almost three years of occupational therapy experience under my belt, I have a diverse set of clinical skills. I have sought out additional..

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March 2, 2019

How to Start a Business as a New Grad Physical Therapist

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March 2, 2019

The Pros and Cons of Outpatient Speech Therapy

So you’ve put in the hard work, finished graduate school, and now you’re in the market for a new job. What an amazing accomplishment! This can be..

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March 2, 2019

SLP and OT Collaboration Tips for Cognition and Dysphagia Therapy

Due to the close relationships of motor function, language, and self care skills, there is a natural overlap between speech-language pathologists..

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February 19, 2019

NGPT Is Moving To CovalentCareers Resources!

Have you come here looking for awesome clinical and career-related content? Well, you’re almost in the right place! NewGradPhysicalTherapy can now..

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January 24, 2019

This Town Isn’t Big Enough: The Surprising Benefits of Rural PT

A lot can be said for the charms of country life, both the increased quiet time and decreased city commotion improve memory. That said, there’s..

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January 24, 2019

Building Community Through PT Mentorship

Mentorship: the “hot” word on the street for new graduates looking to enter the job market. Yes, you can choose to apply for a residency and you..

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January 17, 2019

Top Supplements for Physical Therapy Patients

This article was made possible by thorough feedback and assistance from Austin Win, DPT,

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor or Registered..

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January 17, 2019

A Closer Look At Utilization Management and Occupational Therapy

Though an important process to a therapist’s job, utilization management (UM) is not typically a traditional role for an OT to fully assume. Parts..

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January 14, 2019

CovalentCareers Sponsors Global PT Day of Service To Advocate For Physical Therapy Worldwide

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January 10, 2019

What To Look For In Home Health Employers As A New Grad

If you’ve read either of my previous articles, you know that I’m passionate about home health. In my first, I discussed reasons why gaining..

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January 3, 2019

Travel PT: The Path to Financial Freedom

Increasing Student Debt

With tuition prices continuing to increase each year, it’s no surprise that the amount of student debt that therapists are..

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December 20, 2018

What Burnout In Healthcare Means For New Grads

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December 18, 2018

The Collaboration Generation: How New Grads Will Usher PT into the Era of Value-Based Care

When we first enter the physical therapy profession as new graduates, listening, remaining humble, and taking in as much information as possible is..

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December 18, 2018

An SLP’s Journey into Fighting the Disability Stigma

Fighting my Own Battle

In addition to being an SLP, I am a person with a disability. Now, as I am in the thick of my 5th year in the field, my..

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December 11, 2018

How To Build A Direct Access Physical Therapy Model In Your Clinic

“I want to speak to my doctor first.”

“We’ll do what my doctor says.”

“My doctor says PT won’t work.”

“My doctor says I’m done with PT.”

How many..

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December 4, 2018

How To Get a "Perfect" Score on the NPTE

800 is a magical number when it comes to the NPTE. It’s the highest score reported: maybe not a “perfect” score, but the highest possible based on..

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November 27, 2018

Is Cupping Therapy Effective?

We have all seen the pictures. Athletes looking to get an edge have turned to cupping, an ancient healing modality, and have shown up to many..

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November 20, 2018

How To Choose The Right Job When You're a New Grad PT

When I graduated from physical therapy school I was feeling like a hot shot. Come on, I was a DOCTOR of physical therapy and I was looking for a..

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November 16, 2018

Physical Therapy Career Options

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November 13, 2018

The New Grad's Guide To Occupational Therapy CPT Codes

Current procedural terminology (CPT) codes are used to designate services provided by healthcare professionals. As occupational therapists, we..

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November 13, 2018

10 Steps to Surviving Your First Few Months as a New Grad PT in the Acute Care Setting

1. It’s Ok to be confident in acute care

While in the very beginning you may have a mentor or someone to supervise your first few weeks, after that..

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November 10, 2018

Prehab Guys Talk Starting Entrepreneurial Ventures In PT

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November 8, 2018

Commitment to Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education for OTs: Part 2

Part 2: HOW OTs can continue their education and lifelong learning

Here at NewGradOccupationalTherapy, our mission is to empower new grads to..

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November 6, 2018

How New Grad PTs Can Gain Experience in Home Health

I’m very passionate about home health, which is why I’m inspired to encourage students and new grads to gain exposure in this field. Even if you’re..

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November 6, 2018

Commitment to Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education for OTs: Part 1

The Why; or, the benefits of lifelong learning for OTs

So you want to continue learning and growing in your knowledge scholastically, clinically,..

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October 30, 2018

The Importance of Cultural Competency for Physical Therapists

As we approach the year 2020, it is crucial to remind ourselves of APTA’s mission statement and how achieving the vision of transforming lives goes

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October 30, 2018

How to Write Effective Goals for Medically Based SLP Placements

Like with any goal, whether it be speech related or personal, we are much more successful in achieving the goal when the parameters and tasks are..

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October 30, 2018

7 Questions to Expect in an OT School Interview

Interview season is upon us, causing thousands of potential occupational therapy (OT) students copious amounts of applying to OT school. Once you..

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October 23, 2018

Yoga for Home Health Occupational Therapists

Hello home health OTs! Aren’t we lucky? We get to work with clients in their most natural context; in the home or in the community.

However, there..

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October 23, 2018

Returning to Work After Family Leave When You're In SLP

As a new parent, or even as a well seasoned one, you may face some challenges as you prepare to return to work after maternity or paternity leave...

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October 23, 2018

A PT's Guide To The Pelvic Floor for Female Athletes

Athletes are used to ignoring their injuries. They can get used to nagging knee pain, having to ice an ankle after a long run, forcing themselves..

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