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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, May 2017

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    Six doctors couldn't diagnose the cause of Annie Karp's hip pain. A physical therapist figured it out. (The Washington Post)

    Maggie Lastukhin, PT, DPT, helps her patient fight back from a spinal staph infection that left him with quadriplegia. (WFAA8 News, Dallas)

    Rachel Feinberg, PT, helps Consumer Reports describe how physical therapy can be effective for back pain. (Consumer Reports)

    Murphy Halasz, PT, provides exercise suggestions for foot pain. (Prevention magazine)

    Wichita State physical therapy and engineering students team up to produce modified toy cars through the GoBabyGo! program. (Wichita State University, Kansas, News)

    Mike Studer, PT, talks about the role of physical therapy in addressing aging-related issues. ("Aging in the Willamette Valley" radio program, Salem, Oregon)

    "I think it’s almost inappropriate to look at it as a limitation. I look at it as an opportunity to excel." – Mariya Spencer, SPTA, who also has bilateral amputation (Tyler, Texas, Morning Telegraph)

    Dan Giordano, PT, DPT, provides his take on the "7 Best Stretches for Knee Pain." (Self magazine)

    Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, earns Arizona "Top Tech" award for WebPT. (Phoenix Business Journal)

    Alison Lichy, PT, DPT, explains how individuals poststroke can address feelings that they may be losing ground in recovery. (American Stroke Association Stroke Connection)

    Terri Jeurink, PT, and Ashley Vandenberg, PT, discuss pain relief exercises for expecting and new mothers. (8West, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

    "I want to touch the lives of individuals in my community that are in need of someone they can believe in." – Cruz Romero, SPT, APTA Student Assembly board of directors member and PT licensure candidate, in a feature story on his graduation from the Northern Arizona University physical therapy program (Northern Arizona University News)

    Thanks in part to direct access, Kara Bermensolo, PT, DPT, was able to speed the recovery of a patient with a compression fracture of the spine. (Bainbridge Island, Washington, Review)

    Leslie Russek PT, DPT, PhD, breaks new ground with research on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. (Clarkson University, New York, News)

    Margaret Danilovich PT, DPT, PhD, provides her perspective on physical therapy's role in fighting the opioid epidemic. (The Hill)

    "Side effects of physical therapy are less pain, improved movement, and improved function." –Carrie Abraham PT, DPT, MPH, president of the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association, on the effectiveness of physical therapy vs opioids in treating chronic pain. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

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