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  • APTA Learning Center Offerings Will be Included in aPTitude CE Resource

    APTA's Learning Center courses will soon become a lot more accessible, thanks to a partnership with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) that will add the association's continuing education (CE) offerings to a widely used online system.

    In the coming months, APTA will add its complete catalog of Learning Center courses to aPTitude, FSBPT's online system that allows physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to search for CE courses and track attendance. The resource is also available to state physical therapy licensing boards, which can use aPTitude for evaluation of CE compliance for purposes of licensure renewal.

    "APTA is excited to build on its established relationship with FSBPT by utilizing aPTitude," said APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT, in an association news release. "We look forward to mutually helping our members more easily navigate [CE] courses and activities."

    APTA already has loaded preconference and educational sessions for the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting into aPTitude. More courses and conference content will be added through the spring.

    The aPTitude arrangement was achieved by way of a formal partnership with FSBPT. Launched in 2017, the APTA partnership program is an initiative aimed at enhancing and developing mutually supportive and collaborative relationships with other organizations that have common interests and objectives.

    BuzzFeed Features Physical Therapy 'Success Stories'

    How about a little good news? Specifically, how about a little good news from patients who credit physical therapy and their physical therapists (PTs) for transforming their lives?

    Recently, BuzzFeed published "9 Physical Therapy Success Stories That'll Make You Choke Up A Bit," a collection of first-person accounts from patients who faced a range of issues including spine facture, labrum tears, recovery from a coma, and interstitial cystitis. The reason for the project, according to BuzzFeed, was to "inspire others who are currently recovering from pain, injuries, surgery, or other problems."

    A few choice quotes from contributors:

    "Thanks to physical therapy, I am now able to postpone [knee] surgery for at least 5 years without risking harm. Even though it may be hard, physical therapy is worth it in the end."

    "It was difficult and scary, but I can honestly say physical therapy saved my life."

    "My advice to all of you is to listen to your PT and trust them."

    "Once specific thing: PTs and [occupational therapists] need more recognition and props. They have to work really hard to get some of us back to some sort of norm."

    "I owe [my physical therapist] my mobility and my life without pain."