"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

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Future of Physical Therapy

"The future is already here - its just not evenly distributed"

William Gibson's most famous (and over-quoted) quote. He also coined the word cyberspace and won the Triple Crown of science fiction literature: the Nebula award, the Hugo award, and the Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Neuromancer.

But, today I want to tell you about some physical therapy writers - or, more accurately, their work.

First, is a new, fascinating article in PT in Motion called Virtual Realities: Visions of Science, Technology, and Physical Therapy - Virtual Realities beyond 2020.

You'll read about...

  • augmented reality of stroke patients moving their limbs
  • holograms of patients homes
  • robots in the clinic
  • exoskeletons helping kids walk
  • and more...
And, this article I wrote for Advance for Physical Therapy called Future Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Directions that describes...
  • video documentation of patient movements
  • interoperable patient records in the PT clinic
  • smart phones used easily in the PT clinic
  • scheduling patients with text messages
  • and more...
Its an exciting time to be a physical therapist.

Are you ready for it?

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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.

Tim can be reached at
TimRichPT@BulletproofPT.com .

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