Medical

12 Things You MUST Know Before Applying to PT School

Are you or a friend thinking about applying to Physical Therapy school?  If you’re not, you probably know someone who is.  The process is relatively straightforward, but can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared.  Becoming a PT is hard work and takes years of dedication, but the end result is worth it.  Here are some helpful points of advice for the aspiring young PT: Focus on your grades. Duh! While this may seem like a no-brainer, some students simply don’t realize how high your GPA needs to be until it’s too late. While you may find a few people who get accepted with a 3.2 or 3.5, it’s not the norm. Every school has different requirements, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, put the work in and do everything you can to get an A.  In EVERY class. Having a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA is a definite advantage when applying. A high GRE score is also a likely requirement. It takes a while. Physical Therapy schools are now almost universally doctoral level programs. This means you… Read more

By Troy Hounshell, ago
Medical

Want Better Performance? Quit Stretching!

You know that pick-up basketball game you play every other month?  Before stepping onto the court to dominate the other 40-somethings with beer bellies, you do your usual 90-second stretching routine.  You sit down, spread your legs and, of course, keep your knees straight!  Gotta stretch those hamstrings, after all.  A few arm circles, 3 jumps in the air, and the proverbial calf stretch, and you are ready to go all Lebron James on your over-worked accountant friends. WRONG! Much of what the sporting world has long believed to be beneficial about proper stretching techniques may actually have the opposite effect.  You should never stretch cold muscles. Especially before an athletic competition!  But what about simple static stretches?  You know – the kind where you hold the stretch before a workout or competition?  Nope.  These actually decrease your strength, power, and performance! I can’t tell you how many times we went straight into stretching before football practice in high school.  Sports science has come a long way since then.  Always warm up first.  Always.  You DO need to stretch, but… Read more

By Troy Hounshell, ago
Medical

Your Patient Said WHAT??

Are you in healthcare? Do you know anyone in healthcare? Chances are, you do. Or are. Or want to be. If you don’t know it yet, you are sitting on a gold mine of side-splitting stories about patients, their families, and other healthcare workers. For example, if you are fortunate enough to know an ER doctor or nurse, they’ve surely regaled you of the time they pulled a phallic shaped “whatever” out of “there.” It’s never the patient’s fault, you see. In the immortal words of Frank Costanza, “It was a million to one shot, doc. Million to one!” If you aren’t familiar with Seinfeld references, they’ll be used a lot here. Not all healthcare stories are quite as graphic, fortunately. Others are quite sad. I remember the one time in my physical therapy career that I called Adult Protective Services. While walking a patient through the home she shared with her sister, I noticed that the walls were coated with a strange coat of brown paint. It was irregular in its application, but liberal in its visibility. And then… Read more

By Troy Hounshell, ago