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SCAPTA Elections are open until April 27
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Please note you will be required to enter your APTA member ID before casting your vote. This poll closes on April 27 at midnight EST.

The opportunity to vote will be made available in three options:
  1. using the above electronic link;
  2. by mail (see instructions below); or
  3. at the SCAPTA Annual Conference. Ballots will be provided at the conference.
You may cast your vote only once using any one of the options above.

Mailed ballots: For those who do not have an email address with the SCAPTA office, we will mail a ballot. You may also request a ballot be sent to you through April 20 by contacting the office at and include your APTA Member ID #. These will not be sent after April 20. Mailed ballots must be received in the SCAPTA office by April 27 to be accepted, therefore we recommend those mailing a ballot put it in the mail by no later than April 24.
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April 17 is the last day to register in advance and save money for the SCAPTA Conference in Greenville, SC, May 1-2
All registrations will close after April 17 and your only option will be to come to the conference to register. There will be no guarantee at onsite registration that the session hasn't sold out, and
Registration rates double onsite.
  • ADDED! Strength Training After Stroke
  • Build Your Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education in Physical Therapy Practice
  • Sticky Coding & Billing: Staying Legal & Getting Paid
  • Effectiveness of Combined Decongestive Therapy in Lymphedema Patients
  • Basic Pediatric Kinesio-taping for Children with Disabilities
  • Physical Therapy in the Occupational Health Setting
  • A Novel Model of Pain Treatment: The Biopsychosocial Model
  • Integration of the Pelvic Floor Muscle Group and Diaphragm into Functional Core Stabilization
  • The Role of A Physical Therapist In Cancer Treatment
  • Aquatic Rehab for Athletes and Higher Level Patients
  • Concussion: The Physical Therapists' Role in Concussion Management
  • Introduction of the use of KTAPE. Current reaearch, history and application techniques
  • Student Course: Treat, Code, Get Paid, and Stay Legal in Outpatient Therapy
  • Algorithmic Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-arthritic, Intra-articular Hip Pain
  • Current Trends in Running Shoe Selection
  • Beyond Movement Dysfunction: The FMS and Treatment
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction

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Save the Date for SCAPTA's Inaugural Moving Forward 5K Race
Held by the South Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) to celebrate October National Physical Therapy Month and benefitting SCAPTA and partial proceeds towards Charleston's Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE).

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
9:00 a.m.
James Island County Park in Charleston, S.C.

Achieving Wheelchair Equality is a Charleston, S.C., organization that serves the wheelchair using community and mobility impaired population in order to become involved, productive members. They educate and increase awareness to others about accessible resources in our environment for those with mobility impairments whether it be with daily activities with peer support and direct services including building ramps or in participation in recreational activities such as the Lowcountry Wheelchair Sports including and not limited to basketball, tennis, racing with hand cycling, swimming, triathletes, and more!

Watch this page for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and registration.

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Providing health care with the Affordable Care Act
In 2015, we will be coming up on five years of passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After five years, we can step back to see a picture of how the law has affected the landscape of health care as providers, and the impact on our clients. There have been positive aspects of the bill, including expansion of Medicaid in most states, coverage of preventable care, and the end to pre-existing conditions. However, these changes have forced the insurers to make changes that negatively impact the consumer.

The insurer is now forced to take more risk that results in higher costs. In order to mitigate that risk, the insurers have responded unfavorably. Some insurers have limited provider participation, increased out-of-pocket costs (i.e. higher co-pays), and narrowed their networks.

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Hot new trend in physical therapy is freezing cold
Like roads on a map, scars along Ian Wallace's arm track his journey as a former rugby player, Coast Guard member and then sports enthusiast. "(I) tried to push myself as an athlete, stay and shape and work out; and years of that caught up with me and my shoulder gave out," Wallace said. Eager to return to an active lifestyle, Wallace turned to the hottest new medical trend — an ice-cold treatment called cryotherapy.
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Both physical therapy, mental practice important in stroke recovery
While recovering from a stroke, a patient should undergo both physical therapy and mental practice, according to a new study at Georgia State University in which researchers examined how the brains of stroke patients changed after treatment.
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Early and guideline adherent physical therapy reduces costs, resources in LBP patients
The Medical News
A study in the scientific journal BMC Health Services Research shows that early and guideline adherent physical therapy following an initial episode of acute, nonspecific low back pain resulted in substantially lower costs and reduced use of health care resources over a two-year period. Physical therapist researchers John D. Childs, PT, PhD, et al analyzed 122,723 patients who went to a primary care physician following an initial LBP episode and received physical therapy within 90 days.
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Higher proportion of vigorous physical activity lowers mortality risk
PT in Motion
A new study from Australia concludes that while achieving at least the minimum amount of recommended weekly physical activity is key to a lower mortality risk, upping the amount of vigorous physical activity in an individual's exercise mix can reduce that risk even further.
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The claim game: How to manage overpayment
If you've recently discovered that a patient or insurance company overpaid you for services rendered, you might be tempted to consider it "free money." It's like you're playing Medicare Monopoly, and you just pulled a Community Chest card that reads: "Insurance error in your favor. Collect claim overpayment." However, overpayments give you an inflated appraisal of your total revenue and might even encourage embezzlement — both of which can wreak havoc on your balance sheet. Worse yet, if you're dealing with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), failure to pay back those extra funds within 60 days of identifying the overpayment — or by a corresponding cost report's due date — puts you at risk for some hard consequences, including lawsuits, hefty fines, and even jail time. The best way to manage overpayments? Keep them to a minimum.
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Therapy tricycles help people with disabilities
Gainesville Times
Not every child learns to ride a bike, but the University of North Georgia is working with a national nonprofit to help more children do so. The university's departments of physical therapy and visual arts are teaming up with AMBUCS, a nonprofit that creates AmTrykes, or adaptive tricycles for children and adults with disabilities.
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Supervised exercise best for intermittent claudication
People with intermittent claudication that causes leg pain, cramping or fatigue while walking are able to walk further after months of supervised exercise therapy, compared to unsupervised exercise, according to a new study. But both groups end up with a similar quality of life and similar amount of walking in their daily lives, according to the study.
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5 exercises to prevent ACL tears
With the right training, many ACL injuries can be prevented. Here are five deceleration exercises that can significantly reduce your chances of suffering a season-ending ACL tear.
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When neck and back pain wouldn't go away, this woman went to extremes — and it worked
Yahoo Health
Imagine you have pockets of a highly pressurized, toxic gas caught in your shoulders. Now imagine these painful pockets keep growing in size, every hour of the day, inflaming your muscles and pinching your nerves. And, as a result you're miserable — grasping to keep your sanity. Then imagine you find a medical professional willing to puncture your skin and release all that painful pressure.
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The best exercise to prevent falls
The Huffington Post
Odds are, you know an older adult who's fallen in her home. Perhaps she ended up with a few bruises, or maybe her injuries sent her to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder, broken hip or worse. Possibly, it's happened to you. You're not alone. According to the National Institute of Health, a third of Americans age 65 and up fall each year. Of that group, more than 1.6 million end up in the emergency room with their wounds.
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Don't let desperation drive your decisions
By Anne Rose
You're short-handed and desperately need to hire another employee, so you hire the first breathing person that mails in a job application. Or maybe your bank account is desperately low and you need a client fast, so you accept the first prospective customer who calls on the phone. We've all been in those situations and know the fear and panic that can set in. But when desperation drives an impetuous decision, it seldom solves your initial problem and usually adds more problems. The wrong person is worse than no person.
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Could this ankle exoskeleton help stroke survivors with mobility problems? (Medical News Today)
Stenosis findings point to need for patient-provider conversation about physical therapy as 1st treatment (PT in Motion)
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