American Physical Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association

Latest Episodes

50th Mary McMillan Lecture – NEXT 2019
August 16, 2019

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses his Mary McMillan Lecture at APTA’s NEXT 2019 in Chicago.

Using Virtual Reality for Pain Relief, Rehabilitation, and Recovery
August 15, 2019

Virtual reality, (VR), in physical therapy is a reality. Some physical therapists are using it to address pain and other issues. Sujay Galen, PT, PhD, a PT who’s also a bioengineer, talks about the current realities and future promise of VR as a valuab...

Robot Reinforcement and Error Based Movement Learning in Infants – NEXT 2019
August 13, 2019

Thubi H.A. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses her research and an upcoming article in PTJ at NEXT 2019 in Chicago.

Ordering of Diagnostic Imaging by Physical Therapists: A 5-Year Retrospective Practice Analysis – PTJ
August 09, 2019

As more PTs transition into direct access roles, it seems prudent to consider how additional resources common to other first-contact providers might impact patient care. This study examines the appropriateness of diagnostic imaging studies referred by ...

Expert Tips for Finding Evidence and Research
August 07, 2019

You can’t have evidence-based practice without evidence. So where do you find it? APTA’s PTNow website offers multiple tools to support evidence-based practice. But it helps to know how to use those databases.

Benefits of Physical Therapy for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
July 30, 2019

Physical therapist Jennifer Nash shares the reasons why, if you thought that people with advancing dementia are poor candidates to benefit from physical therapy, you’d better think again.

Work Hard, Play Big – Defining Moment
July 26, 2019

A PT honors her son and serves children with special needs. By Kelley Hutto, PT

A Journey Out of Pain and Addiction And a PT’s Crucial Role — NEXT 2019
July 26, 2019

US Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Justin Minyard’s  recounts the injuries he received during a rescue attempt during 9-11 attacks at the Pentagon, and then while on a mission in Afghanistan—and then what happened afterward: with multiple fusions and ot...

Benefits of Acute Care Physical Therapy
July 25, 2019

Physical therapist Traci Norris discusses the key benefits of acute care physical therapy and shares why she urges people in acute health situations to make sure that a physical therapist is part of the treatment plan. https://www.moveforwardpt.

Outpatient Physical Therapist Attitudes Toward and Behaviors in Cardiovascular Disease Screening: A National Survey
July 22, 2019

Despite the high prevalence of patients either diagnosed with or at risk for CVD, few physical therapists consistently included BP and HR on the initial examination. The results of this survey suggest that efforts to improve understanding of the import...