Patients recovering from stroke and experiencing mobility difficulties are a common diagnosis seen by Steven Nicholson, PT. Neurological patients present some unique challenges in the inpatient environment. We asked Steven how he works with an acute care approach to neuro, and he recommended these three focuses to help short-term patients reach a safe and improved level of stability before discharge.
The initial goal must be education for both the patient and the family/primary caregiver. Because the patient may be experiencing cognitive impairment due to the stroke, it is important to provide comprehensive education for the family.
Over the past decade we have seen an explosion of research on how to become more effective in dealing with patients who are in pain. Global statistics consistently demonstrate 25 percent of the world’s population deal with chronic pain. Looking at current research, one of the overriding treatment strategies is patient education.
It’s the time of year to discuss running safety with patients and communities. Sharing your expertise and advice can help properly prepare a body for running and jogging season–and hopefully prevent injury.
Tracy Milius, OT
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 13 million US citizens have incontinence. What many of these people do not realize is that they have viable treatment options within PT or OT to improve their quality of life.
In an effort to promote awareness, we asked Melissa Clarke, OT who has been treating patients with incontinence for three and a half years, a few questions:
What patient demographics do you typically treat and what patient education do you provide?
Brenda Kemling, PT
Evidence-based practice is defined as the “integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.”¹ The demand for and interest in applying evidence to rehabilitation practice has substantially grown in the past decade, in part, by the increase in publication of systematic reviews (over 700 relevant to the practice of physical therapy alone), other articles related to evidence in practice, and transition towards quality value-based reporting and payment models.
Bill Mannewitz, PT
Every business looks for that edge that allows them to have the most qualified and most capable employees. The key to creating this environment is to hire only those who are able to perform the job specific tasks required of them. Rehab departments can help local businesses achieve this goal, decrease the risk of injury, and decrease costs associated with worker’s compensation premiums by offering post-offer employment testing and fit-for-duty testing.
Dry needling is a relatively new treatment option for physical therapists. Although it is not an approved intervention in all 50 states it is within the scope of physical therapist practice issued by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and becoming more common practice in some of our clinics. Dry needling has shown effectiveness for patients with everything from low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hip pain, tension headaches and migraines, to fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis and tendinitis.
Is your rehab department maximizing its potential? This post is the fifth and final in a series. It’s based on some items RehabVisions focuses on when we manage therapy departments, but it’s also a conversation starter about things you could be doing differently.
#5 Think About Your Image
Remember Andre Agassi in those old Canon camera commercials in which he professed, “Image is everything”? Well, right or wrong, what he said is ultimately true. People base a large portion of their perceptions on what they see. The image your rehab department is showing may be the deciding factor in whether a patient chooses you as their rehab provider.