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  • Relevant Reading: 2018's Top PT in Motion Magazine Stories

    Want to get a feel for the reach and diversity of the physical therapy profession? Browse through a few issues of PT in Motion magazine, APTA's award-winning monthly member publication—whether it's an exploration of what physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) need to know about medical marijuana or an investigation into working with particular populations such as combat athletes, articles are packed with information, insight, and most important, relevance.

    If you missed out on a story, don't worry—APTA maintains an online archive of back issues you can access any time.

    And if you don't know where to start, we can help with that, too. Here are links to the 5 most popular articles from 2018.

    A Growing Interest in Medical Marijuana
    When it comes to the use of medical marijuana, PTs and PTAs need to understand not only the complicated legal landscape associated with use of the drug, but the ways in which use of medical marijuana may influence physical therapy care.

    Improving the Lives of People With Dementia
    Although it may seem counterintuitive to some, PTs and PTAs have an important role to play in the care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

    Working With Combat Athletes
    Combat athletes—individuals who compete in sports such as boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and Brazilian jiu jitsu—subject their bodies to intensely demanding situations that can lead to serious injury. But PTs and PTAs can be instrumental in helping them recover from (and even prevent) those injuries and come out swinging—or kicking. Or both.

    Pedaling Past Injury
    More than 100 million Americans ride a bike each year. No matter the kind of riding they do, all riders face some of the same challenges, such as risk for falling, overuse injuries, and improper alignment due to a poor bike fit. That's where PTs and PTAs come in.

    Not 'Small Adults'
    PTs and PTAs treating pediatric overuse injuries must approach their work with the understanding that the biomechanics of children can be different from those of adults. And that can get complicated.

    Getting an Eyeful: Top APTA Videos of 2018

    APTA produced a wide variety of videos during 2018, ranging from a full recording of its live "Beyond Opioids" Facebook Live event to short-form public awareness spots featuring people such as Dani Burt, PT, DPT, an adaptive Olympics champion.

    In the end, viewers' preferences were equally diverse. Here's a rundown of the 5 most-watched APTA videos of 2018.

    "Treating Pain Takes Teamwork"
    APTA built off the momentum of its first #ChoosePT public service announcement (PSA) by offering this follow-up that focused on the impact of opioids—and the promise provided by physical therapy—among 3 very different individuals. By the end of the year, the PSA and other #ChoosePT-related media offerings resulted in a reach of more than 200 million potential viewers and listeners.

    CSM interview: Blood flow restriction training
    This dispatch from the 2018 APTA Combined Sections Meeting brought together Johnny Owens, PT, MPT, a longtime proponent of blood flow restriction training, and ESPN's Stephania Bell, PT, for a conversation with Jason Bellamy, APTA's vice president of communications.

    You Are APTA
    APTA members are advocates, entrepreneurs, global servants, researchers, motivators, healers, innovators, and so much more. And the APTA community is helping all of them to make important connections, advance their careers, and expand their ability to help patients. This quick video provides a glimpse into the diversity and passion within the association.

    CSM 2018: Bigger Than Ever!
    Missed the largest-ever Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) and want to get a feel for what all the excitement's about? Or maybe you went to CSM and want to feel a bit of the energy all over again. This video's for you (and after watching, make plans to attend this year's CSM, January 23-26 in downtown Washington, DC).

    “You’re never alone!” (Joanna Lohman profile)
    When Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, it didn’t just end her 2017 season. It also “shattered” her identity. But through hard work with her physical therapists, Lohman returned to the sport she loves.

    Moving Forward With Move Forward Radio's Most Popular Podcasts of 2018

    APTA's popular Move Forward Radio helps you connect with your patients and clients. It's an interview series that features patients, PT and PTA experts, and even the occasional celebrity discussing physical therapy's role in a wide range of issues. In 2018, the podcast kept that tradition alive and well.

    But don't take our word for it: check out the 5 most popular Move Forward Radio podcasts of 2018.

    The Benefits of Exercise on Brain Health
    There’s a growing body of evidence that being physically active benefits brain health and can help slow the decline in brain function that come with age. In this episode, Joyce Gomes-Osman, PT, PhD, discusses her latest research about overall physical activity on brain health. She and her research associates have concluded that when it comes to brain health, the overall and cumulative effect of physical activity is what’s most important.

    Avoiding Muscle Atrophy When Injured
    Individuals who work out regularly can become anxious after they've experienced an injury that keeps them from exercising—worrying about what will happen to their bodies, when they can return to exercise, and how much their age might affect recovery. Ryan Balmes, PT, a board-certified clinical specialist in both sports physical therapy and orthopaedic physical therapy, addresses those concerns and more.

    Beyond Opioids: Transforming Pain Management to Improve Health
    On February 5, 2018, APTA convened a panel of 7 experts to discuss how pain management in America can be transformed to move beyond opioids and improve the health of society. “Beyond Opioids: Transforming Pain Management to Improve Health” was broadcast live on Facebook and included the debut of APTA’s latest public service announcement for the #ChoosePT campaign. This special episode of Move Forward Radio provides full audio from that event.

    Bowel Health: What You Should Know
    Though it may be uncomfortable to discuss, bowel health is important. Improper habits can develop in childhood and follow us into adulthood, or issues can arise through sickness, sensitivities, microbiome changes, pain, or various diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis. Jenn Davia, PT, DPT, a board-certified clinical specialist in women's health, discusses matters that most of us might like to keep behind closed doors, including breaking bad habits, why proper positioning is important, and tips to achieve good bowel health.

    Fourth Trimester: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
    Fourth trimester is the term used to describe the weeks and early months after delivery, when the baby has been born but health care involvement remains vitally important to ensure optimal recovery from pregnancy for the mother, and optimal postpartum care of the child. Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, a board-certified clinical specialist in both women's health physical therapy and orthopaedic physical therapy, as well as president of APTA’s Section on Women’s Health, discusses why women should be sure to check in with a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy.

    Diverse Voices, 1 Community: The Top APTA Blog Posts of 2018

    The past year saw more blog activity than ever at APTA. Readers of the #PTTransforms blog and the student-focused Pulse blog experienced different voices, new perspectives, and even calls-to-action that challenged assumptions.

    It's not too late to get in on the energy. Here are links to some of the year's most popular blog posts, with a quick description of each.

    "Top 5 Questions Physical Therapists Can’t Answer"
    Does the profession know itself? What needs to happen to achieve a better understanding of issues such as variation in care and use of clinical practice guidelines?

    Changes to the Blood Pressure Guidelines: Is It a Change for Physical Therapists?
    A new blood pressure guideline has sparked discussion in the health care community regarding blood pressure targets and best practices. How does the new guideline affect physical therapist practice and the patients we treat?

    2018 Presidential Address
    This video (and accompanying transcription) of APTA President Sharon Dunn's address to the 2018 APTA House of Delegates captures an important moment in APTA's evolution, as the association begins to make bold moves toward inclusivity, collaboration, and strong advocacy for population health.

    My Whole Body Is a Nervous System: The Anxiety Diaries of an SPT
    "Welcome to year 2, day 1, of my doctor of physical therapy program. I leave my musculoskeletal dysfunction class early so I can make my first appointment with a therapist at my school's Counseling and Psychological Services office." A candid and informative discussion of the emotional health challenges experienced by Heather Beaudoin, SPT, a second-year PT student at Northwestern University.

    Stereotype Threat: How Fear Led Me to Passion
    Everyone has felt the pressure of stereotypes of one kind or another. Do you embrace the stereotype that's been applied to you? Do you reject it? Can you tell when a stereotype has become an obstacle to achieving your dreams? Author Ron Peacock, Jr, SPT, provides a heartfelt perspective.

    Primary Care and the Physical Therapist: Lessons From the Military
    The US military has been involving PTs in primary care for several years. It's time for the civilian health care system to take note, writes Jason Silvermail, PT, DPT, DSc.

    How Do I Avoid Burnout? A Perspective From an Engaged PT
    Burnout can happen to anyone, but the nature of the physical therapy profession presents some special dangers. This post provides tips on how to spot burnout in yourself, and what to do to regain that spark.

    Blunt Conversations: Setting Realistic Patient Expectations for Pain
    At APTA's "Beyond Opioids" panel, Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, observed that clinicians need to give patients realistic expectations for pain and pain relief. But how do we have these difficult—yet important—conversations? In this Q&A, Wenger delves deeper into the topic.