As therapists grow in their skill-sets it’s beneficial (for both therapist and patient) to occasionally get “back to the basics.” Mary Cater, PT explains why you should take breaks from equipment, and get back to hands-on exercise.
Many of us therapists can become bored with the same routine at work. We get into the habit of performing the same exercises the same way on each patient. It is no wonder patients become bored and we become frustrated that they don’t seem to be progressing. We can get so involved in using fancy equipment and new treatment techniques that we forget the basic exercise techniques we were trained in. Maybe it is time to return to the basic fundamentals of exercise without the use of all our equipment.
With the recent release of “Concussion” in movie theaters, much attention has been given to the subject of concussion injuries in sports. But concussions don’t just occur on the football field. Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur in non-athletes at the workplace, in the home or while out performing daily tasks or errands. We asked Makayla Tremel, PTA to share her own experience with the topic:
A year-and-a-half ago I was loving life and in excellent health. I was halfway through training for my first half marathon. Little did I know that on a warm Monday morning in August all of that would change. I was at work seeing patients as usual when I had a few cancellations come up. I took advantage of this “down time” to complete regular chemical maintenance to our department’s therapy pool. Unfortunately, I injured myself on an unforgiving metal beam in the process. I remember being in tremendous pain, thinking to myself, “Geez, I about gave myself a concussion.”
Stacy Ashley Murphy
Having grown up in a city like Omaha, Nebraska, I don’t understand small-town living. When I hear the population sizes of some of RehabVisions’ rural locations, my reference point is my high school–we had 2,400 students in four grades. “That’s about the size of my high school or two of my high schools,” is what I’m thinking, and I try to imagine what life would be like.
I can sort of comprehend the knowing-everyone-in-the-grocery-store phenomenon as my neighborhood is pretty tight, and I feel like I know everyone sometimes. But having everything I need and know within a few miles is something of a mystery to me.
Last month we posted about the importance of educating referral sources and communities on the importance of early lymphedema diagnosis and treatment. Equally important is the actual creation and marketing of a lymphedema program.
Many different kinds of swelling can be treated in the same manner as a lymphedema diagnosis, and the program can also be marketed as swelling management services. There are a few basic elements to consider, according to Rehab Director Jennifer Fuentes, PT:
Outsourcing rehabilitation therapy is a sensitive subject for hospitals. Many facilities still have an institutional memory of the early 1990s (before the Balanced Budget Act) when it was almost impossible to find a physical therapist and if you attracted one you had better hang on.
In the intervening two decades much has changed, as it has in virtually every area of healthcare, and while therapists are still sometimes hard to find, the bigger challenge is ensuring the compliance and performance of your therapy service.