The Person Sitting in Front of You

I saw my patient walking up to the door as I pulled up to the clinic. A tall and very thin woman. She was heavily dependent on her rolling walker, I saw that immediately. It struck me. Saturday hours at the clinic were supposed to be simple post-op patients. Quick in and out’s. I think I was even slightly pessimistic at this first glance…because I could tell she was struggling. I estimated this was more work than I bargained for at 8:30 am eval on a Saturday. Four weeks status post a Continue reading

#GetPT1st

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Gaining access to a skilled physical therapist is extremely important and is one of the major issues we face as a profession and health care system.  We are after Self-Referral… or Direct Access. Meaning, if a member of the community thinks they need services from a physical therapist, they should be able to directly access that service, and that therapist.

Here’s the problem: WE know who could benefit from our diagnosis, prognosis, interventions and thought processes… but the public often does not. If they don’t know what we do (other than “pain and torture” or “massage”) then why would they seek us out? Continue reading