Laura's Favorite Episode for New Grads (10 Things we wish we knew)
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
4M ago
Embark on a journey of career enlightenment with "Career Insights Unveiled," where seasoned professionals share the 10 invaluable lessons they wish someone had revealed to them at the start of their careers. Whether you're a recent graduate navigating the professional landscape or a seasoned veteran seeking new perspectives, this podcast offers candid conversations that resonate with professionals at every stage. Join our hosts as they delve into topics ranging from the nuances of early career challenges to essential advice that stands the test of time. Unveil the secrets to success, learn fro ..read more
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Exploring the Unseen: Role of Research in Physical Therapy for PTAs
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
4M ago
Join us in this episode as we celebrate a happy Friday and share exciting news about a potential new arrival! The hosts delve into personal experiences and discuss the significance of research in the field of physical therapy, shedding light on the limited exposure PTAs receive during their education. They explore the benefits of incorporating research into clinical practice, share insights on patient outcomes, and offer valuable tips for those looking to dive into the world of research. Whether you're a healthcare professional or someone interested in the intersection of personal experiences ..read more
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Dollars, Days, and Dilemmas: The Conference Conundrums
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
4M ago
In this episode, Ken and Laura explore the world of conferences, particularly focusing on the upcoming Combined Section Meeting (CSM) by APTA. They discuss the challenges of attending conferences, such as costs, travel, and time constraints. We expresses our desire to attend events like Therapy Con and shares insights into the financial considerations, including early registration discounts. As we reflect on the importance of conferences for professional development, we touch on the practical difficulties of implementing learned skills in the clinic. We also ponder the value companies place on ..read more
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Foundations for the Long Run
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
4M ago
In this episode, we discuss the concept of "nine at 90," (by Will Harlow) exploring key fundamental movements essential for maintaining mobility and independence from one's fifties to nineties. We delve into each movement, debating their significance and sharing insights from our experiences as PTAs. We also express their surprise at the absence of a particular type of fundamental movement and ponder how such fundamental skills contribute to a healthier, more functional life.   Thank you so much for listening and don't forget to check out our socials ..read more
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Reflecting and Projecting: Year-End Special
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
5M ago
Join us in our year-end special as we reflect on the highs, lows, and growth of the past year. From navigating unexpected challenges to celebrating victories, Laura and Ken take share their personal and professional journeys. Tune in for a relaxed conversation style episode where they discuss the evolution of their podcast, lessons learned in the world of physical therapy, and their aspirations for the upcoming year. Get ready for some laughs, insights, and a sneak peek into what's in store for ThePTAssistants in 2024. Cheers to the new year and new possibilities!   Thank you so much for ..read more
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When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Unveiling the Realities of Tailored Therapies
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
5M ago
In this episode, we unravel the stories behind tailored therapies like Shockwave and Botox in physical rehabilitation. Learn why these cutting-edge treatments may not be universally applicable and how patient education plays a pivotal role in managing expectations.   Thank you so much for tuning in! Don't forget to check out our socials ..read more
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Controversies and Finding Joy in Work - PTA Diaries Podcast
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
5M ago
In this episode, we dive into a controversial topic sparked by an email from the APTA regarding the misuse of the DPT acronym by a wellness company. We discuss the potential implications of such misuse on consumer confusion and share their thoughts on the matter. We also reflect on our experiences at work, sharing moments of self-doubt and the gratifying feeling of making a positive impact on patients.    Thank you so much for listening and don't forget to check out our socials ..read more
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Decoding Patient Queries
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
6M ago
In this episode, we unravel the intricacies of patient inquiries, exploring the challenges of surgical decision-making, the delicate considerations around post-surgery slings, and the approach to returning to the gym after injury. Join us as we share personal experiences, emphasize patient education, and provide practical insights into navigating these common yet complex aspects of the rehabilitation journey.   Thank you so much for tuning in and don't forget to check out our socials ..read more
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Communication Chronicles: Talking Courtesy in the Field
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
6M ago
In this episode, join us for a candid conversation about the intricate dynamics of communication within the physical therapy field. From courtesy moments to documentation dilemmas, we share personal experiences and reflections on the challenges faced in navigating the fast-paced world of outpatient care. Explore the frustrations and nuances of teamwork, scheduling, and documentation, all while pondering potential solutions for fostering a more collaborative and communicative environment.   Thank you for listening! Don't forget to check out our socials ..read more
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Navigating Compassion Fatigue in Physical Therapy: A Personal Journey
The PT Assistants
by Ken, PTA & Laura, PTA
6M ago
In this episode, we delve into the topic of compassion fatigue in the field of physical therapy. Sharing personal experiences and insights, we discuss the emotional toll of constant exposure to patients' struggles and the importance of recognizing and managing compassion fatigue. The episode explores techniques for self-care, highlights a practical approach with acronyms, and concludes with a PTA story, emphasizing the need for self-awareness and the possibility of finding a more suitable work setting to protect one's emotional well-being.   Want to read the article? Check it out HERE! &n ..read more
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