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What Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Do?

by Angela Stevens on February 8, 2010

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I am what some might call slightly-to-moderately accident prone. Okay, I admit it. I have had to go through numerous bouts of physical therapy for various accidents. It is not like I’m reckless, far from it actually. I am safety girl. I wear my seatbelt, look both ways when I cross the street… heck, I don’t even speed. But I swear I’m an accident magnet.

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Which brings me back to physical therapy. I’ve never been to the same clinic twice, but I have noticed there are always physical therapy assistants floating around – often helping me, because I obviously need the help. At first I was a bit miffed that I wasn’t always getting the top dog physical therapist, but I eventually realized that a physical therapy assistant was pretty darn useful, too. So, what does a physical therapy assistant do? [continue reading…]

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When the Customer has Changes in Prescription Coverage

by Angela Stevens on January 11, 2010

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Recently, my husband informed me that our health insurance coverage was going to be changing. We had four new options, all with benefits different from what we have had for the past several years. Some of these changes are good, but some, like our prescription medication coverage, is not so good. My husband works for a company that employs a large portion of the population where we live, and I knew these changes would be affecting all of their employees to some degree.

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I was thinking about this, and how much of a headache it was going to be for me when I went to my pharmacy to get my prescriptions refilled. [continue reading…]

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Understanding the Five Most Common Phobias

by Angela Stevens on December 14, 2009

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While there are literally hundreds of phobias that one may encounter while working in the field of therapy, there are some that are more common than others. A phobia is an intense, even disabling fear of something. Some of the symptoms of phobias include shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness, hot or cold flashes, sweating, nausea, trembling, and chest pain.

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Fortunately, almost all people  suffering from a phobia are able to find help with cognitive-behavioral therapy. The following phobias are some of the most common that I have seen, however, the ranking is not absolute. [continue reading…]

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While working in the mental health field, I’ve met many people who suffered with some form of anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders, and severity can range from mild to debilitating. Typically, by the time a person seeks help, the anxiety disorder is seriously affecting some portion of their life.

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

by Angela Stevens on October 19, 2009

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sunbelt-narcissistic-personality-disorderWorking in the mental health industry, I have seen a variety of mental health disorders. For each disorder or condition there is usually one patient that epitomizes the condition for me. The person that best exemplifies narcissistic personality disorder is Violet. [continue reading…]

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How Physical Therapist Can Help Kids with Physical Handicaps

by Angela Stevens on September 23, 2009

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As healthcare providers, we sometimes forget how hard it is for some of our patients to handle their physical handicaps. Children, especially, need supportive physical therapists at school, for a number of reasons. Taking steps to make sure the children you work with are comfortable with you will help them handle their condition at an important time in their lives.

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When Herbal Remedies and Medications Don’t Mix

by Angela Stevens on August 10, 2009

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It is completely normal for people not to want to take medications. There are adverse side effects to worry about as well as the potentially overwhelming cost. Because of these concerns, many people opt to try herbal or “all natural” remedies for their ailments. They may even try these remedies just to improve their overall health. Unlike prescriptions, however, these remedies do not usually come with a warning about any harmful drug interactions.

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