Four Corners Rehab - November 2017

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Why I Love Being a Physical Therapist

W hen a patient comes into a physical therapy practice, they’re often at a low point in their life. For whatever reason, their body has turned against them. An injury can be a heavy burden, and it can be difficult to think of anything else when your body is afflicted with persistent pain. “We can take a patient from their lowest point to their highest, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of that process.” In high school, I was an active athlete who had to overcome several injuries, so I understand the toll injuries can take on the psyche. Back then, basketball and football were central to my life, so when I dislocated my shoulder, brutally sprained my ankle, or tore any number of vital ligaments, it shook me up on a fundamental level. Even being off the court or field for two weeks made me feel terrible. There I was on the sidelines, watching some of my closest friends and teammates scrambling around trying to make it work without me. When you’re injured, you know it (usually) isn’t your

fault, but you still feel some degree of guilt, and that’s on top of the aches and restrictions the injury forces upon you. That’s why I find my work so meaningful. As a physical therapist, it’s my job to alleviate

patients’ pain, but it’s also my mission to help them emerge from that low point in their life and leave therapy feeling better than they did even before the injury. Over the course of the few weeks or months patients regularly come into the practice, I get personally invested in each patient’s story. I’ll ask them about their goals for the treatment, but beyond that, I’ll get to know and understand them as a person. Honestly, you’d be amazed at the kind of personal relationships you can forge when you see the same person twice a week for a couple of months. They come in depressed about their injury, and every week you leave them feeling a little better, until finally they’ve returned range of motion and eliminated pain at the source, and it’s time for them to take over the treatment for themselves. The moment when a patient leaves is always bittersweet. Obviously, I’m always proud of their progress and thrilled that they’ve

achieved their goals, but by that time, I’m often saying goodbye to not only a patient, but a friend. Luckily, we have a bunch of patients who stop by to say hello. When they come through the doors, at first I’m always worried. “Oh no,” I think, “What’ve they injured now?” But then, when I find out they’re just there to check in and chat for a minute, it’s incredibly gratifying. Transforming a patient’s body from a hindrance that they have to battle against every day into something that enables them to do the activities they love is the best part of the work I do. We can take a patient from their lowest point to their highest, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of that process

-Luke Kron

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