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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, January 2019

    "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!

    The PT as gaitkeeper: Colleen Brough, PT, DPT, MS, and Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, talks about the importance of gait analysis to help prevent injury in runners. (CNN)

    Quotable: "Our profession right now is the sleeping giant." – Sharna Prasad, PT, on the role of physical therapy in contributing to a better understanding of pain and pain treatment. (Straight Shot Health podcast)

    An exemplary Navy PT: Marissa Greene, PT, DPT, has been selected as the 2018 Navy Medicine Physical Therapist of the Year. (Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)

    Guarding the rear: Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, discusses the ways sciatica can include pain in the backside. (Women's Health)

    On a roll(er): Jeffrey Yellin, PT, explains the importance of taking the right approach to the use of foam rollers. (Bustle.com)

    Living his dream: Brett Bousquet, PT, DPT, and Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, describes his role as a PT for the Milwaukee Bucks. (Pacific University, Oregon, Alumni News)

    Punching back at PD: Kristin Hawley, PT, shares the benefits of the Rock Steady Boxing program for individuals with Parkinson Disease. (Muscatine, Iowa, Voice of Muscatine)

    Quotable: “Physical therapy taught me that, even though I was depressed and sad about hurting, movement felt good." – Karla Pankow, whose lifestyle changes (including regular physical therapy) led to a 100-pound weight loss. (NBC News)

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

    While You're in the Neighborhood: 2 Easy-to-Do Opportunities to Help the Local Community During CSM

    Headed to the 2019 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM)? Now you can help out the local community while you're there. It's easy.

    This year, CSM attendees have 2 opportunities to help kids and adults in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia (DMV) area. One involves little more than downloading an app and doing what physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students like to do anyway—move. The other may require that you pack a little extra something into your luggage before you leave, but hey, do you really need those extra pairs of socks?

    Details on both programs, and how to sign up, are available on APTA's CSM Community Service webpage. Here's a quick rundown of the opportunities:

    1. Walk4Wheels Step Challenge
    What is it? A good old-fashioned count-your-steps-for-charity jam. APTA is poised to donate $10,000 to the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital's adaptive sports program, which serves families in the DMV by providing sports programs to anyone with a physical disability at no cost—but we need to meet a step goal first.

    What do I have to do? Just walk. Use the link on the CSM Community Service webpage to download a special app that tracks your steps each day between Monday, January 21, through midnight, January 27. If attendees, members, and staff reach a combined goal of 135 million steps, APTA will make the $10,000 donation. Best of all, you don't need to attend CSM to participate—anyone can download the app and help contribute to this great cause.

    2. Sports Equipment Drive
    What is it? APTA national, the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and the APTA Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness have partnered with the nonprofit Level Playing Field (LPF) to sponsor a collection drive for new and used sports equipment to provide to low-income kids in the DMV area.

    What do I have to do? Review a list of needed items, then bring your donations to the CSM exhibit hall during the times listed on the CSM Community Service webpage, or during the Academy of Sports Physical Therapy's social event on Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm–7:30 pm (Mariott Marquis, Salon LM). Alternatively, you can simply make a financial donation to LPF. (Note: don't donate large equipment that's bulky or hard to transport.)

    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.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, December 2018

    "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!

    The entrepreneurial PT: Jill Marlan, PT, MPT, received national recognition as a 2018 Ernst and Young "Entrepreneurial Winning Woman." (Ernst and Young announcement)

    Reducing pain for guide dog users: University of North Georgia professor Sue Ann Kalish, PT, DPT, is exploring ways to help avoid joint pain among individuals with visual impairment who use guide dogs. Her work is assisted by UNG physical therapy students Mitchell Aarons, SPT; Rachel Philips, SPT; Lauren Johnston, SPT; Erin McCarthy, SPT; and Tommy Otley, SPT. (University of North Georgia News)

    Preventive physical therapy in the military: Maj Nicholas Koreerat, PT, DPT, is helping to keep soldiers healthy and fit in a deployed environment. (US Army website)

    A shorts story about a PT inventor: Ruth Maher, PT, DPT, PhD, helped to develop wearable technology, recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, to assist women experiencing stress urinary incontinence. (Live Well Nebraska)

    Working for diversity in the profession: Jessica Nguyen SPT; Jessica Goytizolo, SPT; David Tang, SPT; and Chris Floyd, SPT, are among the University of Southern California physical therapy students leading a student physical therapy multicultural leadership alliance. Terry Richardson II, PT, is the faculty advisor. (USC News)

    Can you outrun the pain? Richard Tavel, PT, DPT, provides insight on how to know when it's safe to run through knee pain. (Self)

    Diastasis recti: Marianne Ryan, PT, explains what diastasis recti is and how to approach treatment. (Today Show online)

    Bringing physical therapy to the world: Efosa Guobadia, PT, DPT, cofounder of Move Together, shares his journey toward helping to create an organization committed to bringing rehabilitation medicine to parts of the world in need. (UMASS, University of Massachusetts alumni newsletter)

    Looking through the cracks: David Reavy, PT, MBA, discusses what joint-cracking could mean. (Runner's World)

    Focus on women's health: Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, shares insights on the importance of educating women about pelvic health. (Awesome Women Entrepreneurs podcast)

    It's go time: University of Michigan – Flint physical therapy student Kei-Cze Prentis, SPT, was among the UM-F students who helped facilitate a GoBabyGo project along with department director Susan Talley, PT, DPT. (WNEM5 News, Saginaw Michigan)

    Must the shoe go on? Sean Brown, PT, DPT, discusses the pros and cons of barefoot running. (Rockford, Illinois Star)

    Service in Honduras: Western Carolina University Physical Therapy Program professor Todd Watson, PT, DPT, and program students Elizabeth Webber, SPT; Whitney Ward, SPT; Shannon Icenhour, SPT; Hannah Pollard, SPT; Emily Wilson, SPT; and Kelsey Sivley, SPT, helped provide pro bono services for individuals with little or no access to health care in Honduras. (Western Carolina University News)

    Quotable: "Physical Therapy is probably the best road to travel after you have completed surgery. A physical therapist will assist you in recovery and strengthening, bringing you back into the functioning world. Then they will set you free into the world of life-long exercise to maintain and protect your body from further injury." - columnist Deborah Jones on her upcoming knee replacement surgery. (Estes Park, Colorado Trail Gazette)

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

    Government Affairs and Public Service Awards Nominations Due January 18, 2019

    Do you know of an APTA member who in 2018 has gone above and beyond to advocate on behalf of the physical therapy profession at the federal level? Is there a member of Congress, staffer, or public figure who has championed physical therapy causes this year? Nominate them for APTA’s Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award or the Public Service Award.

    The Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award is presented annually to an active APTA member who has made significant contributions to the association’s federal government affairs efforts and shown exemplary leadership in furthering the association's objectives in the federal arena.

    The Public Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated distinctive support for the physical therapy profession at a national level. Individuals from the following categories are eligible for nomination: members of Congress, congressional staff, federal agency officials, health and legislative association staff, and celebrities or other public figures.

    The award recipients will be invited, with expenses paid by APTA, to attend the 2019 Federal Advocacy Forum on March 31–April 2, in Washington, DC, for presentation of the awards. Additionally, recipients will be recognized on APTA's website, PT in Motion magazine, and PT in Motion News.

    Submit completed nomination forms and supporting documents to michaelmatlack@apta.org by Friday, January 18, 2019.

    2019 Slate of Candidates Posted

    The 2019 Slate of Candidates for APTA national office is now posted on the APTA website. The candidate webpage, including candidate pictures, statements, and biographical information, will be posted on February 25, 2019.

    Elections for national office will be held at the 2019 House of Delegates on June 10, 2019. Please contact Justin A. Lini in APTA’s Governance and Leadership Department for additional information.

    Listen Up! APTA Podcasts Keep You Inspired, Motivated, and In-the-Know

    And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. It's a great time of year, but it can also sweep you up in a whirlwind that leaves you feeling exhausted and out of touch with your profession.

    APTA has just the answer.

    The past year has been a stellar one for APTA podcasts. We now offer more content and variety than ever before, from the emotional that reminds you of why you love what you do, to the nuts-and-bolts informational that could be crucial to your professional survival. The recordings are easy to download and listen to no matter what you're up to during the holiday season—decking the halls, say, or riding in a one-horse open sleigh, or just kicking back for a few peaceful minutes of chestnut roasting. So don the gay apparel (or your favorite workout gear), fire up that device, and get listening.

    It's easy. Check out APTA's podcasts webpage, where you can browse a complete list of podcasts. Where to start? Here are some suggestions.

    Get inspired.
    APTA's "Defining Moment" podcast series is the audio companion to PT in Motion magazine's regular feature of the same name, which highlights stories from members about those moments when they felt that special—often life-changing—connection to the physical therapy profession. The Defining Moment podcasts bring you the audio version of the magazine feature, read by the authors. Treat yourself.

    For inspiration you can share with your patients, the popular Move Forward Radio is your go-to option: an interview series that features patients, PT and PTA experts, and even the occasional celebrity (past episodes have featured NBA All-Star Grant Hill and country music's Clay Walker) discussing physical therapy's role in a wide range of issues. Like APTA's MoveForwardPT.com website, the Move Forward podcast series is designed for patients and their families as well as for clinicians. Definitely share-worthy.

    Get energized.
    The secret is out: some of the liveliest discussion in the profession is taking place at the student level, and a new APTA podcast series brings the energy to you. APTA's Student Pulse, the newsletter for students, has created a podcast series that features Pulse contributors, mostly students. With titles such as "How War Led Me to Become a Physical Therapist," "Stereotype Threat," and "The X-Ray Showed a Bird," how could you not be intrigued? A great way to re-charge your enthusiasm for the profession

    Get up to speed.
    From payment and regulation to the latest in evidence-based care, it can be hard to stay in the loop. APTA helps make it a little easier to keep pace through a variety of podcasts. Wonder what all this "value-based care" talk is about, and how it applies to you? Check out APTA's value-based care series. Feel like hearing from some of the profession's thought leaders? Download the audio from the highly regarded Maley and McMillan lectures delivered at the 2018 NEXT Conference and Exposition. Getting yourself in the mood for the upcoming 2019 Combined Sections Meeting (you are going, right?)? Browse the podcast page for audio from last year's event.

    And when it comes to research, you can listen your way right to the source: PTJ (Physical Therapy), the association's scientific journal, offers a podcast series that features PTJ authors discussing their research with Editor in Chief Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA. The conversations are lively, accessible, and packed with useful information. Don't miss out.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, November 2018

    "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!

    Don't back away from movement: Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, says there's more to avoiding back pain than correcting posture—movement is key. (Prevention)

    Quotable: "When the lights go on in their head, they’re like 'I can do that by myself now' it's just fun and so that's why I got into physical therapy, I just love it every day." – Lon Egbert, PT, DPT, ATC, on the additional rehabilitative possibilities offered by the addition of a new swing bed facility at his hospital. (KMVT11, Twin Falls, Idaho)

    Finding the next PT? Scott Humpal, PT, has launched a local high school program that helps students in the health sciences program gain certifications and college credits. (KRSTV, Corpus Christie, Texas)

    Here's the dill for people who relish pickleball: Bob Cairo, PT, checks out pickleball and offers advice on avoiding injury from the sport. (Delaware Coastal Point)

    Physical therapy in the hospital: Katie Martonik, PT, DPT, explains the role of PTs and PTAs in hospital settings. (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Pocono Record)

    Quotable: "For those looking to build the best possible exercise program, it pays to use rehabilitation techniques. Core stabilization, postural improvement, rotator cuff training and lots of other exercise categories can be traced back to physical therapy. Without them, we'd be stuck with the same ol' bench presses and squats. Wow, we've come a long way." – Personal trainer Matt Parrott, on the effectiveness of "rehabilitative movement" in strength training. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

    Finding the strength to battle back pain: Blake Dircksen, PT, DPT, shares core-building exercises that can help provide relief for LBP. (Self)

    Staying strong as you age: Mike Studer, PT, MHS, discusses the importance of strength training for healthy aging. (Salem, Oregon, Northwest Boomer and Senior News)

    Quotable: "I've had people tell me I shouldn't be running at my age. Jennifer is great about encouraging me and letting me know there's no reason for me to stop." – Susan Giordano, age 62, on the role Jennifer Penrose, PT, DPT, has played in her continued participation in distance running. (Thurstontalk.com)

    Providing care pro-bono: Sean Luzzi, SPT, and professor Maureen Pascal, PT, DPT, share their experiences from a recent pro-bono physical therapy clinical sponsored by the Misericordia University PT program. (WBRE-TV, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)

    Artificial intelligence and physical therapy: Marist College PT program faculty members Francine Sage-King, PT, DPT, ATC, and Claudia Fenderson PT, EdD, outline the potential for AI to provide PTs with important information to aid in rehabilitation. (Albany, New York, Hudson Valley Spectrum-News)

    Quotable: "Physical therapy improves lives, especially for seniors. Physical therapy can increase strength and endurance, restore range of motion, reduce pain and help with balance. People may even find that they go to physical therapy for one reason and discover added benefits in other areas. – Stevie Williams, director of Elder Care in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

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

    APTA Members: AMA Seeks Critical Input on New CPT Code Values

    APTA members are being alerted to be on the lookout for 2 important surveys that APTA will disseminate for the American Medical Association (AMA) that will help to shape values for new current procedural terminology (CPT®) codes.

    In the coming days, a random sampling of members will receive 1 of 2 surveys that focus on new CPT codes related to either dry needling or wound care. The surveys are designed to determine the “professional work” value and time involved in the physical therapist’s provision of the services identified by each of these codes.

    "Professional work value" includes the mental effort and judgment, technical skill, and psychological stress involved in providing the service.
    APTA will submit the survey data to AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), a multispecialty committee whose purpose is to develop values for CPT codes based in part on survey data such as this. The RUC will make a recommendation to CMS for the professional work value of these newly developed codes.

    If you receive an email requesting your participation in the survey: It is critically important to take the time to complete it. Your responses will be anonymous.

    To learn more about the RUC survey process, check out this AMA video.