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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, February 2020

    "The Good Stuff" is an occasional series that highlights recent 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!

    Walk(er) this way? Karen Litzy PT, DPT, and Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA, weigh in on whether alleged sex offender Harvey Weinstein is using a walker to garner sympathy during his trial. (Hollywood Reporter)

    A virtual reality reality: Kirsten Siggs, PT, DPT, describes the benefits of a new virtual therapy headset targeted at helping kids engage in needed exercise. (WTSP 10 News, Tampa)

    Quotable: “I think it’s pretty awesome for students to help develop other people and help themselves at the same time. Every student I have worked with always listened to what I had to say about what they were doing during therapy, positive or negative, and used it to learn. They all have had great attitudes and are a lot of fun to be around, and we spend a lot of time together.” – Phil Reinoehl, a patient who worked with physical therapy students from Trine University during the past five years of his rehab. (Fort Wayne, Indiana, Business Weekly)

    Getting the most out of physical therapy: Nicole Haas, PT, DPT, offers tips on how patients and clients can maximize their experience in physical therapy. (Outside)

    Shagadelic: Judy Abel, PT, is one of the cofounders of Eugene, Oregon-based SHAG — Sexuality Health Advocacy Group — a group focused on helping health care providers understand the importance of asking patients about their sexual health. (Eugene Weekly)

    Pillow talk: Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, shares his thoughts on what to keep in mined when considering a cushion for back pain. (Bustle)

    When resolutions are a pain: Anna Friedman, PT, provides pointers on how to identify and address pains associated with getting back into a more consistent exercise schedule. (Q13 News, Seattle)

    On the President's council: Kathryn Lucas PT, DPT, has been named to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Science governing board. (health.gov)

    Long stretches of sitting: Ryan Balmes, DPT, outlines stretches and positions for people who sit most of the day. (Well + Good)

    Quotable: "Intense physical therapy, which worked wonders. I'm back in the gym now, running like I was before, pretty much doing everything I was before, which is wonderful." ‒ Emily Wasil, on how physical therapy helped her to overcome the pain of a labral tear. (WBAL11 News, Baltimore)

    Overcoming a slump: Audra Stawicki, PT, DPT, offers ideas for improving posture. (sheknows.com)

    Hip to movement: Tom Pitney, PT, DPT, ATC, stresses the importance of moving as soon as possible after hip replacement surgery. (WBBH2 News, Fort Myers, Florida)

    Quotable: "You gotta get yourself to a physical therapist, figure out what's causing those aches and pains, strengthen your muscles, and keep going." – Christie Brinkley providing advice on healthy aging. (Union Journal)

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

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