Friday, October 9, 2009

My colleague presented a wonderful collection of rehab Haikus at our last staff meeting. I work at a Planetree hospital and the start of our staff meetings always have a reminder of how we can help beyond PT/OT/ST and treat the person as a whole. My colleague has generously allowed be to reprint these for you all here. They are about - in order - OT, ancillary staff, PT, and ST.

OT with sock aid
ADLs begin the day
Patient dressed,

Crisp morn, charts askew
Efficient fingers, phone
Calm restored . . . coffee

PT smiles, enters
protests occur
Patient ambulates

Teary eyes, cough,
Silent aspiration beware
Mechanical soft

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dear Orthopaedic Section Member,

The Orthopaedic Section mourns the loss of Richard Erhard, PT, DC, who
passed away Sunday, October 3, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Dr.
Erhard was a colleague, a teacher, a researcher, a mentor, and a friend to many
in the Orthopaedic Section. Dr. Erhard was a world-renown manual physical
therapist and he taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States
and internationally. His work has been instrumental in development
clinical prediction rules and clinical practice guidelines for low back

Dr. Erhard's contributions to the clinical practice of orthopaedic physical
therapy were recognized by the Orthopaedic Section with the establishment of the
Bowling-Erhard Clinical Practice Award. Dr. Erhard and Richard Bowling
were honored as the first recipients of this award during the 2007 Combined
Sections Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Erhard elevated the
physical therapy profession through his work, his mentorship and his friendship
and he will be greatly missed.

A viewing will be held Thursday, October 8 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm and
Friday October 9 at 10:00 AM with funeral to follow at the John S. Maykuth Jr.
Funeral Home, 7 River Ave, Masontown, PA 15461-1959.

A memorial service will also be held at Heinz Chapel at the University of
Pittsburgh on October 16th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. A reception will follow
at the Holiday Inn in Oakland. Please contact Tina Fuller at or call 412-383-6579 to

Cards and condolences may be sent to Natalie Erhard, PO Box 424, 145
Messick Lane, Lottsburg, VA 22511