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  • From PT in Motion Magazine: The PT as Inventor

    Sometimes, clichés exist because they're true.

    Take "necessity is the mother of invention." Physical therapists (PTs) know all about the necessity part: patients need to regain, increase, or maintain mobility, and PTs constantly need to be on the lookout for ways to help make that happen. And when none of the usual ways seems to work? That's when some PTs become inventors.

    "Inventional Thinking," a feature article in the August issue of PT in Motion magazine, recounts the efforts of several PTs who've developed products or technologies that have helped to fill gaps in rehabilitation. The inspiring PTs profiled include:

    • Romina Bello, PT, DPT, who led a team of PTs and occupational therapists at the Henry Ford Health System in the creation of a high-acuity walker that makes it easier to get patients in intensive care units up and walking while minimizing risk of falls or loss of lines to the patient—and with the assistance of only a PT and respiratory therapist
    • Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD, who worked with an engineering professor to develop the Self-Initiated Progressive Prone Crawler, a skateboard-like device that allows babies with physical limitations to crawl, an important developmental milestone
    • Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, whose prototype limbWISE app is designed to make it easier for patients adjusting to use of a prosthesis to manage fitting issues
    • Scott Rogoff, PT, DPT, ATC, developer of the dynamic ankle rehabilitation trainer (DART), a device—now in its fourth iteration—that aids recovery from ankle injuries by helping to strengthen anterior ankle muscles
    • Bryce Taylor, PT, MSPT, the inventor of the Halo Trainer, a device that gives PTs the ability to put handlebars on stability balls

    In addition to the inventors' own accounts of how they birthed their ideas into reality, the article features tips and advice for PTs thinking about inventing—including possible funding sources.

    "Inventional Thinking" is featured in the August issue of PT in Motion and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them 1 of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.


    • It would be great to see a link to each of the above mentioned inventive ideas

      Posted by Brian Gaputis on 8/2/2017 9:09 PM

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