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New APTA Task Force seeks volunteers
APTA
The Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force is in search of volunteers with knowledge and experience in education, the scope of work of the physical therapist assistant and data review and synthesis. This new task force continues the work of the PTA Education Feasibility Study Work Group — specifically, data collection and collation. Interested members should respond to the call by first completing a volunteer interest profile found on the Volunteer Interest Pool Web page. Once the profile is complete and submitted, click on the "Apply for Current Opportunities" button and select "Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force." The deadline to apply for a position on this task force is Oct. 9. Please help to spread the word at the component level of this opportunity to serve as a national volunteer. Questions about this task force, please contact Janet Crosier.
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CSM 2014 registration is open
APTA
We hope that you plan to attend CSM 2014 Feb. 3-6 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open. Please register early to take advantage of early-bird discount rates until Nov. 6. Section presidents and component executives receive complimentary conference registration and the discount will appear when registering online. Housing and travel information is available on the CSM events Web page. Please note that The Venetian is the headquarters hotel and the location for component leader events.
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Residency/Fellowship Education introduces 1 stop application system
American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education
In an effort to simplify the application process for prospective residency and fellowship participants and to facilitate the admissions process for residency and fellowship educational programs, APTA is proud to have launched the Residency/Fellowship Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service on Sept. 16. RF-PTCAS allows residency/fellowship applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple residency/fellowship programs. RF-PTCAS is a service of the APTA and is administered by the same vendor that oversees the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service for professional physical therapist education.
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Webinar: Repetitive Stress Injury in Youth Athletes
APTA
Join Jeff Taylor-Hess and Chad Cherny from 2-3 p.m. EDT Oct. 17 for "Repetitive Stress Injury in Youth Athletes," a webinar. This session will provide an overview of the most recent evidence related to differential diagnosis and treatment of common upper extremity and lower extremity repetitive stress injuries in youth athletes. Case examples drive home key points.
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New APTA Task Force seeks volunteers
APTA
The Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force is in search of volunteers with knowledge and experience in education, the scope of work of the physical therapist assistant and data review and synthesis. This new task force continues the work of the PTA Education Feasibility Study Work Group — specifically, data collection and collation. Interested members should respond to the call by first completing a volunteer interest profile found on the Volunteer Interest Pool Web page. Once the profile is complete and submitted, click on the "Apply for Current Opportunities" button and select "Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force."

Clarifications on Functional Limitation Reporting
SCAPTA
Participants at the APTA Payment and Legislation Forum in Omaha, Neb., received some additional clarifications on Functional Limitation Reporting. The first item is that Medicare will discharge an episode of care after 60 days from the last date of service. What does this mean to you?

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Is prolotherapy effective for osteoarthritic knees?
By Heidi Mills
A new study has been published in the Annals of Family Medicine that investigates the use of dextrose prolotherapy injections in the treatment of osteoarthritic knee joints. Prolotherapy is a form of injection therapy using natural substances. While the exact reasons for its apparent success are still not clear, the main principle is that a small amount of the irritant solution is injected into joint spaces and surrounding soft-tissue structures to initiate a healing response.

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SCAPTA Lowcountry District meeting
SCAPTA
When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16

Where: St. Francis Mall - Classroom 1

Speaker: Dr. Marc Dubick

CEUs: One awarded to all attendees

If you are planning to attend, please reply to Taylor Powell.

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10 qualities of a successful physical therapist
PutMeBackTogether.com
Physical therapists restore, maintain and promote the best possible physical health for their patients. Sounds simple? No. It's more than that. There are many attributes for a successful physical therapist and if you're in the profession or planning to be a part of it, you might want to read on.
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Caring for the rotator cuff in baseball
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Reducing baseball-related injuries not only makes the game safer but also presents a competitive advantage for teams that identify and implement superior prevention strategies. This article explores effective training methodology and rehabilitation concepts that are potentially capable of reducing one subset of baseball participant injuries — the rotator cuff muscle complex. Specific movements are not the emphasis here. Exercise strategy is the key.
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Top 5 physical therapy specializations
Advance Healthcare
The field of physical therapy focuses on the treatment of a medical condition through external methods, rather than through surgical or pharmaceutical means. While physical therapists can specialize in any number of areas, from orthopedics to sports rehab, all physical therapists must obtain a graduate degree from an accredited program and apply for a license. According to the statistics of the American Board of Physical Therapists, the following are the top five specializations within the field of physical therapy.
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5 best practices for referral marketing
By Brooke Andrus
Marketing rehab therapy to consumers is an important piece of the marketing puzzle — especially in a world dominated by search engines and social media. But we'd be remiss to skip over another key method of generating more business for your practice: referral marketing. To significantly boost the number of referrals you receive, you've got to be proactive. So, here's a rundown of some referral marketing best practices to help drive more patients through your front door.
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Physical therapy professor reveals dark side of CrossFit
The Examiner
A physical therapy professor says CrossFit workouts can be dangerous and is disturbed by the CrossFit culture's idolization of sports injuries as badges of honor. Eric Robertson, an assistant professor at Regis University, is shocked by the high incidences of the kidney condition rhabdomyolysis among CrossFit fans. Rhabdomyolysis, which is usually caused by excessive exercise, can lead to kidney damage or failure.
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Study: Physical therapists unique skills help dancers recover from injury
PT in Motion
Physical therapists can be particularly effective at helping dancers recover from injury thanks to the unique matrix of evaluation, intervention and communication skills they bring to their approaches, according to a recent study in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. The study, conducted by Megin Sabo, describes the challenge of treating an injured dancer, whose rehearsal and training time is extensive, and who typically wants to return to full function as soon as possible with a minimum of missed practice.
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Surgery, physical therapy similar for cervical radiculopathy
HealthDay News via MPR
Surgery with physical therapy results in a more rapid improvement during the first postoperative year for patients with cervical radiculopathy — compared to physical therapy alone — but similar outcomes are seen at two years, according to a study published in Spine. Dr. Markus Engquist from Ryhov Hospital in Jönköping, Sweden, and colleagues randomized 63 patients with cervical radiculopathy to surgery with postoperative physical therapy or physical therapy alone.
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