New APTA President Sharon Dunn looks to the future

New APTA President Sharon Dunn looks to the future

As a physical therapist for the past 30 years, Sharon Dunn, PhD, PT, OCS, has seen many changes in the profession. In her new role as president of the APTA, Dunn will represent more than 90,000 member PTs, PTAs and students of physical therapy.

Dunn, who assumed the role of APTA president in June, is the rehabilitation sciences department head and director of the physical therapy program at Louisiana State University Shreveport’s School of Allied Health Professions. read more

Report: Joint replacements increasing in service members older than 30

Report: Joint replacements increasing in service members older than 30

Overall joint replacements among U.S. active-duty service members have increased during an 11-year period, according to a new health surveillance report, which also found service members in their 30s and 40s are having the procedures more often and staying in the military longer after rehabilitation. read more

Therapists’ lost creativity: Can we find an antidote?

Therapists’ lost creativity: Can we find an antidote?

During my on-site visits to check on students’ progress during their clinical internships, I could not help but notice a consistent pattern among some of the therapists I observed.

In several of the skilled nursing facilities where my students were assigned for their clinical rotation, I observed that PTs and PTAs tended to use the same treatment framework. In general, the patients were: read more

Stroke patients benefit from virtual reality in healthcare

Stroke patients benefit from virtual reality in healthcare

Games are everywhere — on our phones, our wrists, at home and at work. One place where gamification is making inroads is in the treatment of patients after a stroke, especially when it comes to virtual reality in healthcare.

More than 700,000 Americans a year suffer a stroke, and nearly 70% survive and require rehabilitation, according to the National Institutes of Health. read more