Advance PT March 2018


9362 W. Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 March 2018

my frustration and what had happened instead of controlling the elements of the situation I could, the whole process would’ve have been a whole lot worse. Don’t get me wrong — I hope I never have to go through a car accident again. But all things considered, I feel like I was pretty fortunate. As I was filling out what felt like an endless pile of forms and trying to find a way forward, I couldn’t help but think of my patients. A lot of them are going through a similar experience, especially during early visits. Having a car that doesn’t work is inconvenient, but it’s much easier than going through your daily life in pain. When many people begin the journey of physical therapy, they are worried that it won’t work for them. Many of them have had a moment like I did, when they felt it would be easier just to give up. After a few visits, however, they realize their proactive approach is starting to pay off. Regardless of the situation, it’s always worth it to take time to do things the right way. The path of least resistance may be tempting, but it never yields the greatest rewards. When something bad happens in your life, embrace what you can control and try to ignore what you can’t. Your attitude makes the difference between falling back or springing forward. “The thought of simply saying, ‘This stinks,’ and throwing my hands in the air definitely crossed my mind. But I’m so glad I didn’t opt for that approach.”


was in a pretty crummy mood. The thought of simply saying, “This stinks,” and throwing my hands in the air definitely crossed my mind. But I’m so glad I didn’t opt for that approach. Dealing with a car accident is nobody’s idea of fun. Tackling the problem head on, however, eliminates a lot of headaches down the road. Immediately after the accident and before the tow truck even showed up, we called the police to file a report on the accident. In retrospect, that was a smart move. I’m glad the person who rammed into me admitted the accident was entirely her fault, but that doesn’t make dealing with insurance any easier. I had to stay in contact with both my provider and the other party’s. She was hard to get hold of for a few days after the accident, but we were still able to get everything figured out. Had I simply dwelled on

Sometimes, crummy events come out of nowhere. It’s a fact of life that you can’t control everything that goes on around you. When something bad does happen, just focus on doing what you can to remedy it. One of these events happened to me recently when I was T-boned while driving down Five Mile Road here in Boise. I had left the office for a break to take my dog Harry — who prefers a different kind of T-bone — on his afternoon walk at the ballfields. I was in the middle lane when somebody smashed directly into my passenger side. Apparently, she “didn’t see me.” Luckily, nobody sustained any severe injuries, but I can’t say the same for my car. Harry was pretty shaken up. I don’t think he had been in an accident before. Between calming Harry and watching my car get towed from the scene, I

Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Advance: To move forward; to make progress; to move ahead. • 1

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