Gilbert PT March 2018

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The Gilbert Gazette

A SUCCESS STORY How Mindset Plays a Role in Recovery

Over the years, I’ve treated many patients who have made lasting impressions on me and the team. One of my favorite stories comes from a patient who exemplifies perseverance and hard work. He is a prime example of what can happen when your mindset is right and you invest all you have in your recovery.

and what it will really take to become pain-free forever. What physical therapy does is help break down tissue in the body so that it can be built back up again, stronger than it was before. The work you put in today directly affects the results you see tomorrow.

he was never discouraged. He remained

dedicated to the program (which was much longer than our average patient program) and his faith never waned.

This patient came to Gilbert Physical Therapy after having many back surgeries. He was on a lot of pain medication, and he had a hard time walking any significant distance. His pain and mobility were so poor that he even had a hard time walking from his car into the pharmacy to get his medication. After his assessment, we knew that it was going to take a long time to get him back to where he wanted to be: mobile and pain-free. At first, there were only certain things we could do before the pain became too much.

At the end of his treatment, this patient could walk as long as he desired. He began skiing again,


something that he hadn’t been able to do in 20 years, and he was once again able to drive to visit his children and their families. This story is always at the forefront of my mind because it was a life- changing event for this man, and because it is the perfect example of what is possible through physical therapy. Everyone who visits our clinic is in a different spot in their care. Some people only need a little improvement to get where they want to be, and

others need the world. This patient was able to achieve his goals because of his level of dedication and commitment to his care. I truly believe that mindset plays a huge role in recovery. If you believe in your care and you believe in the process, you are much more driven to get your result.

This patient had tried physical therapy with another clinic in the past, but it hadn’t helped. So, we had to start with the absolute basics, pare down our approach, and focus on the long term for this man’s care. We often see patients who come into the clinic with a short-term goal in mind: “I want to experience less pain.” However, most of these patients don’t understand the process

Our patient had multiple back surgeries and fusions, which greatly affected his treatment. We wondered, “How much improvement can really be made with a fused spine?”We started out with a minimal, tolerable program, and there were many ups and downs along the way. The course of recovery is not linear, and this patient (just like anyone else) often took three steps forward and one step back, but

–Michael M Gilbert, DPT | 1

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