"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Monday, May 2, 2011

Video Technology Frees Physical Therapists from the Tyranny of Narrative

Jay Culver demonstrates camera technology by GlobalMedia at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Tampa, Florida that may be applicable to physical therapist documentation of movement impairments such as squatting, walking and kneeling.

Could we replace thick charts of paper documentation?

Many paper charts are full of what some physical therapist leaders call "meaningless drivel".

Further, therapists are tyrannized by the garbage concept of "skilled physical therapy" that we must try to communicate through written narrative.

Can pictures and video free us from the tyranny of narrative?

As Jay Culver says in this video - "A video is worth a thousand words!"

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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

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Tim has implemented a computerized Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system in his clinic since 2006 that serves as a Reminder, Alerting, Prompting and Predicting CDS using evidence-based tests and measures.

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