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Standing, Walking, and Sitting Hip Orthoses

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Orthotics are typically thought of as rigid braces that restrict mobility, however that is not always the case. A parent of a child with cerebral palsy created an orthoses to help their child in standing, walking, and sitting by controlling their hip joint.   The design of the… Read more »

Second Annual Professional Development Summit

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     This weekend, The Ithaca College Doctorate of Physical Therapy program held the second annual Professional Development Summit. This year the conference was held at Ithaca College’s Center for Health Science exclusively for the Ithaca College Physical Therapy graduate students.   The conference included presentations covering everything from the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 5

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Losing a Limb, But Not a Life

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Our Pediatric and Outpatient Physical Therapist, Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, was able to attend the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this year; this even not only offered a plethora of lectures about all different areas of orthotics and prosthetics, but it also gave her the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 4

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Trunk Exercises – Improve Your Core

By Ashley Valentine, PTA   Core exercises improve the strength in the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen. This leads to better balance and stability, therefore improving function in daily activities. Here is a list of five exercises that should be done daily to improve core strength and stability.      … Read more »

Arthritis is Growing in Everyone

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Today one in every two people in the United States have osteoarthritis (OA), that is twice as much as the one in every four in Europe. This number is especially high right now as our baby boomers are aging and obesity rates are rising.   Upon being diagnosed… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Part 1

By Sarah White, OT I love my job.   I’ll say it again. I love my job. But let’s face it – there are days and sometimes weeks when I just get stuck in a rut. Don’t get me wrong, things are progressing. I always show up bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to work…. Read more »

Physical Therapy Assistants Specialize

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) just announced Advanced Proficiency Pathways for Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA’s) to help them specialize in different fields. This post-graduation program offered by the APTA will replace the PTA recognition program, which would recognize PTA’s that took continuing education courses addressing a single… Read more »

Autism Texts!

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT       A father of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder that is non-verbal wanted to her give another method to express herself, so he made an Android application that mimicked other programs that are typically used to help children with Autism verbalize their wants and needs.   His… Read more »

Welcome to the Team!

We are excited to welcome to the Lifespan team 3 new therapists and one returning therapist!  Here is a little bit about each of them to help you get to know our therapists better.   Amanda Schlenker, OTR, 6 Years in Practice I’m excited to work at Lifespan because I can tell it is a… Read more »

Are you Billing your Best?

 By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Billing is a mysterious creature that many therapists must learn on the job, and typically they learn from untrained peers or through clinical instructors. Learning from individuals that do not specialize in medical billing or coding can pass down bad habits and may prevent therapists from learning about… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice (3)

By Dana Mandel     I have continued to receive feedback from many of you regarding my posts in previous Lifespan E-newsletters related to my path to becoming a physical therapist and reflections on my 30th year of practice. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my postings.   I concluded… Read more »

Modeling and Imitation

By Angela Grant Cerasaro     All children have an innate need to develop and grow. This is true even if their own personal timetable is not the same as our adult-imposed timetable. If a child is struggling with a behavior or skill, there are some evidence-based ways to help them succeed by modifying their… Read more »

How to Beat the Heat!

By Molly Osterhoudt     School’s out, the kids are home and the heat is on! Camp lasts 1-2 weeks of the summer and visits to grandma and grandpa’s can only last for so long as well. Soon after you’ll hear the infamous “I’m bored…there’s nothing to do.”   With the intensity of this summer’s… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice (2)

by Dana Mandel     I would like to thank everyone that responded to me about my post in last month’s Lifespan E-newsletter. I appreciate your congratulations and enjoyed learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice. Given the interest and response, I thought I would continue to share the… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice

By Dana Manadel   This June, I will begin my 30th year of practice as a physical therapist.  My path to choosing and training for this profession began while I was a student at SUNY Binghamton, majoring in English and General Literature.  While attending college, I was employed at Broome Developmental Center as a Mental… Read more »