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  • Video of Popular Roundtable Discussion on Physical Therapy and Pain Management Now Available

    To get this year's Rothstein Roundtable started, moderator Anthony Delitto PT, PhD, asked a simple question: is physical therapy a "good choice" for pain management?

    In many ways, the answer he received from panelist Michael Parkinson, MD, set the tone for the rest of the discussion.

    Parkinson's reply: "Yes, but."

    Now available at the Physical Therapy (PTJ) website: a video of the entire Rothstein Roundtable held at the 2016 NEXT Conference and Exposition in June. Delitto and Parkinson are joined by Arlene Greenspan, PT, DrPH, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dave Elton of the United Health Group - Optum, as well as 2016 Maley lecturer Steven George, PT, PhD, to discuss the question, “Opioids Versus Physical Therapy: Should Physical Therapy Be the First Choice for Pain Management?” The ensuing conversation, held in front of a capacity audience, was a highlight of the conference.

    The Rothstein Roundtable is held annually at NEXT in honor of PTJ’s former editor in chief, Jules Rothstein, PT, PhD. PTJ is the scientific journal of APTA. All APTA members receive access to the journal as part of their membership.

    Don't miss other opportunities to explore the role of physical therapy through the eyes of Steven George, PT, PhD, who is calling for a "revolution" in how physical therapists think about pain. A video of his Maley lecture is available within his recent contribution to the Narrow the Gap blog series.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, August 2016

    "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!

    Kyle Sela, PT, DPT, describes his strength training work with Olympic cycling gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. (Boise, Idaho, Statesman)

    Clay Sniteman, PT, MSPT, recounts his experiences with US tennis competitors in Rio in his "Diary of an Olympic physical therapist." (Deseret, Utah, News)

    "Have you thanked your physical therapist today?" – opinion from the Pike County, Ohio, News Watchman.

    Christopher Whiteman, PT, has received the "Mentor of the Year" award from the Maryland Area Health Education Center-West. (WCBC-FM, Cumberland, Maryland)

    Ilka J. Young, PT, describes how animals can be used in physical therapy. (Couer d'Alene, Idaho, Press)

    University of Nebraska PT students participated in a GoBabyGo! building event, working with University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering students. (Live Well Nebraska)

    Gloria Soto Reyes, PT, is headed to Nicaragua as part of the International Medical Alliance's "IMA Helps" program, reflecting a family commitment to "living by giving." (Walnut Creek, California, East Bay Times)

    Darin Jernigan, PT, is featured in a story on the Jenny Lake Rescue Rangers, a wilderness rescue squad working in the Grand Teton National Park. (CNN)

    Lisa Kenyon PT, DPT, PhD, explains the importance of Bay Cliff Health Camp, a summer camp for children with disabilities. (Negaunee, Michigan, TV6)

    Kara Lynn Bermensolo, PT, describes how physical therapy can address female incontinence. (Bremerton, Washington, Kitsap Sun)

    PTs and OTs are using Pokemon Go to assist in children's rehab at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Detroit News)

    Mary Beth Brown PT, PhD, explains why people sweat more as they become fit. (Shape online)

    Rafael Escamilla, PT, PhD, offers advice on making the best use of Olympics-inspired efforts to increase fitness. (Sacramento, California, Bee)

    RaeAnn Thomas, PT, DPT, and Jeffrey Hogan, PT, demonstrate how antigravity treadmills are used in physical therapy. (Fox 25 News, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

    "A person with knee arthritis [should] undergo at least 3 months of physical therapy." –tips on knee OA pain from the Harvard Medical School Health Blog.

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

    Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute Recognizes Physical Therapy's Role – Again

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is continuing its track record as an organization that recognizes the importance of physical therapy—this time through a new grant for a physical therapist (PT)-led research project on pain, and the appointment of an APTA member and former staffer to an influential advisory panel on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

    PCORI is awarding nearly $15,000 to help fund a project titled "As a Matter of Pain," a research project focused on "building the community and capacity to improve musculoskeletal pain with specific emphasis on the role of physical therapy." Led by Jason Beneciuk, PT, PhD, MPH, the project aims to improve communication between patients, PTs, and other health care providers to create better posttreatment tracking, increase consideration of patient preferences and expectations, and ensure better access to care. The research will be a collaboration between Jacksonville, Florida-based Brooks Rehabilitation and the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

    PCORI also acknowledges physical therapy in appointing Nancy White, PT, DPT, to serve on the organization's advisory panel on assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options. The panel identifies and prioritizes critical research questions for possible PCORI funding, and provides feedback and advice on evaluating and disseminating the research conducted. White, exectuive eirector of the Arlington Free Clinic in Virginia, was formerly APTA's executive vice president of professional affairs.

    PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. The institute has increasingly focused attention on physical therapy: in addition to these recent announcements, in July 2015 PCORI awarded $28 million to support 2 research efforts led by PTs, and earlier this summer reported that it will award $12.5 million to a research project on the effectiveness of "integrative" pain management through the use of interdisciplinary teams that include PTs.

    2016 ELI Fellows Graduate From APTA Education Leadership Institute

    Fifteen seasoned physical therapy educators have deepened their knowledge and skills over the past year, thanks to the APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship. These physical therapists (PTs) made up ELI's fifth cohort of ELI Fellows when they graduated July 14 after completing a yearlong higher education program that consisted of:

    • 9 online modules provided by content expert faculty;
    • 3 2-day face-to-face mentorship sessions and ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors;
    • higher-education mentorship provided by physical therapy education leaders; and
    • implementation of a personal leadership plan and an institution-based leadership project.

    The ELI Fellowship strives to enable PT and physical therapist assistant education program directors develop leadership skills that can facilitate change and improvement in the academic environment of the 21st century, think strategically to implement creative solutions in education that respond to changes in health care and society, and engage in public discourse that advances the physical therapy profession.

    Partners who help promote and support the ELI Fellowship include the American Physical Therapy Association, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, Education Section, and PTA Educators Special Interest Group. See who graduated from this year's class and find more information about the ELI Fellowship on APTA's website, and view video testimonials of ELI graduates.

    The ELI Fellowship is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

    Bilirakis, Lujan Honored for Support of Locum Tenens for PTs

    APTA has named 2 members of Congress as recipients of the association's Public Service Awards in recognition of their efforts to help physical therapists (PTs) improve continuity of care for their patients and clients.

    Florida Rep Gus Bilirakis (R-12) and New Mexico Rep Ben Ray Lujan (D-3) were honored for their work in cosponsoring the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 556). The bill would extend locum tenens provisions to PTs, allowing therapists to bring in another licensed PT to treat Medicare patients and bill Medicare through their Medicare national provider identifier (NPI) during temporary absences for illness, pregnancy, vacation, or continuing medical education. The bill has companion legislation in the US Senate (S. 313).

    APTA and the association's Private Practice Section collaborated on pressing for the legislation, which is one of the association's public policy priorities.

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    New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, center, was presented with an APTA Public Service award for his work to support locum tenens legislation for PTs. Bettina Brown, PT, (left) and Association of Physical Therapists-New Mexico Chapter President Leslea Latham, PT, DPT, (right) presented the award to Lujan. An additional public service award was presented to Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-12), who joined Lujan in sponsoring the proposed legislation.

    PT Will Join Influential VA Committee

    A Navy veteran and physical therapist with a strong background in wounded warrior prosthetics research has been named to a high-profile US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) committee.

    William S. Quillen, PT, PhD, has been appointed to the VA's Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Program by VA Secretary Robert McDonald. The group is responsible for providing advice to the VA Secretary on VA prosthetics programs and rehabilitation research, including development and evaluation of prosthetics technology, as well as assessing VA programs that serve veterans with a wide range of injuries and impairments.

    Quillen is the director of the University of South Florida (USF) School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, and senior associate dean of the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Among his other activities, Quillen is the principal investigator for a $1.6 million congressional award to the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences to establish an interdisciplinary musculoskeletal research agenda for war fighters and wounded warriors.

    Quillen's nomination was brought forward by congressional Reps Kathy Castor (D-14) and Gus Bilirakis (R-12) from his home state of Florida. Quillen will serve on the committee through September 2019.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, July 2016

    "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!

    "She is unbelievable" – Police Sgt Dan Roman on Rachel Lys, PT, DPT, who helped Roman during his year-long recovery from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident. (East Hampton, New York, Star)

    Danielle Levac, PT, MSc, PhD, explains the role of virtual reality in physical therapy. (BostInno)

    The husband-wife team of George Edelman, PT, MTC, and Julie Gorman, PT, MPT, worked with the training staff during the US Olympics swimming team trials. Both are board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialists. (Delaware State News)

    "I know using dry needles, I get people better faster" - Dina Kramer, PT, on recent changes that allow dry needling in Tennessee. (Knoxville, Tennessee News Sentinel)

    Leigh Anne Anger, PTA, is making a brave comeback from a traumatic brain injury sustained in a bike accident during a triathlon. (Spingfield, Missouri, News-Leader)

    Medical University of South Carolina student Steve Pulley, PT, is founding the state's first Collegiate Recovery Program at the College of Charleston. (Charleston, South Carolina Post and Courier)

    University of North Georgia PT students are collaborating with engineering students from Georgia Tech to make assistive devices for kids. (Gainesville, Georgia Times)

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy has announced this year's recipients of $250,000 in postprofessional doctoral scholarships and fellowships. (Foundation for Physical Therapy press release)

    Dave Kuhn, PT, describes his work with the University of Michigan men's swim team. (Swimming World)

    A group of PTs have initiated a relay-style cross-country bike ride to raise awareness of the role of exercise in fighting chronic disease. (Laramie, Wyoming Boomerang)

    Briar Cliff University PT students provided their services at a pro bono physical therapy clinic. (Sioux City, Iowa Journal)

    Carol-Ann Nelson, PT, DPT, has founded Destination Rehab, a nonprofit organization that provides adventure-based rehabilitation for people with neurologic disabilities. (The Pollination Project newsletter)

    A local "Power Punch" noncontact boxing class for individuals with Parkinson disease has been co-founded by a graduate of the University of Colorado's DPT program. (Denver 9News)

    "We're giving them the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves." – Army CPT Nicole Brown, PT, on the Walter Reed Military Advanced Training Center's work with veterans with amputations. (US Air Force News)

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

    From PT in Motion: Physical Therapy With Patients Who Are Transgender

    The patient or client who is transgender faces a host of issues, both physical and cultural, that can have a very real impact on how a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) provides treatment. This month's issue of PT in Motion magazine explores some of those issues, and offers a few tips on how PTs and PTAs can uphold a core ethical principle of a profession that charges its members to respect the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals.

    In "Managing Patients Who Are Transgender," author Chris Hayhurst describes the current gaps that can occur in a PT's or PTA's understanding of the unique needs of patients who are transgender. The PTs he interviews have advice on how to narrow those gaps through the entire treatment process—from intake, to provision of services, to referral if needed.

    The article includes perspectives on how to create a practice that patients who are transgender will see as welcoming, from providing easy-to-do "clues" in the waiting area to seeing to it that intake forms are sensitively worded in ways that allow patients to express (or choose not to express) their gender identity. Hayhurst also interviews PTs who provide perspectives on how the patient who is transgender may require different approaches in the treatment room, and underscore how important it is that the PT be aware of the ways gender reassignment surgeries undertaken by a subgroup of patients can sometimes affect mobility and cause pain. Finally, the article looks at the PT's responsibility to see to it that, should a referral be required for any reason, the referred provider is also attuned to the needs of the transgender population.

    Also available as sidebars to the article: a glossary of gender terminology, an infographic that helps explain a sweep of transgender-related issues (particularly in health care), and a list of organizations and websites that advocate and educate on behalf of the LGBT population.

    "Managing Patients Who Are Transgender" is featured in the July issue of PT in Motion magazine and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them one 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.

    PT in Motion Magazine Recognized for Editorial Excellence

    APTA's PT in Motion magazine has earned 5 awards from 2 prominent publishing competitions in 2016.

    Association Media & Publishing's annual Excel Awards program handed out 3 awards for article writing:

    • Gold level: "Embezzlement? That Could Never Happen in My Practice," feature article from May 2015; Keith Loria (freelance writer), author; Don Tepper (PT in Motion editor), editor
    • Gold level: "Coming Clean," column in the Defining Moment series from February 2015; APTA member Adele Levine, PT, DPT, author; Eric Ries (PT in Motion associate editor), editor
    • Silver level: "A Constructive Approach," column in the Defining Moment series from September 2015, APTA member Michael Konstalid, PT, DPT, author; Eric Ries, editor

    A second competition, the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, also recognized PT in Motion, with 2 awards for article writing:

    APTA isn't new to awards from either competition. PT in Motion (and its predecessor, PT—Magazine of Physical Therapy) have garnered previous recognitions.

    Photos From NEXT 2016 Now Available

    Capture your memories of the 2016 NEXT Conference and Exposition and save on words by the thousands: hundreds of photos from the event are now available online, and browsing couldn't be easier.

    Simply go to http://davidbraun.photoreflect.com and click on the "NEXT 2016" link. Enter password vestibular, then click "GO" and the day/event of your choice. Select your photos and order through the shopping cart.

    Note: once you've clicked on a thumbnail, you can select the size and quantity of the print, or, if you want a digital download, click on the "digital products" button. Questions? Contact photographer David Braun.