Louisville Sports & Injury Center
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their current predicament is absolutely necessary in order to generate the most viable treatment program. In the end, our primary goal is to get the patient to the point where self management is possible, and then they can become their own teacher. It’s a way of proverbially passing the torch. Perhaps the most important aspect of patient education is understanding the true cause of a symptom and knowing which symptom motivates people to seek out treatment more than any other: pain. Eradicating pain is certainly an important aspect of treatment, but using it as the metric by which you determine your treatment is a dangerous game to play. Pain, or more importantly the lack thereof, is misleading. I’ve seen countless cases where a patient will stick with their exercises until their existing pain subsides. It seems as though once their pain dissipates, so too does their motivation. Then, thinking they’ve fully restored function, patients resume the same physical activities they participated in prior to being injured, which often results in a flare-up. Patients will only understand the value of sticking with their appointments and exercises if they are made aware of the deceptive role pain can play in their treatment process. For a list of ways to maintain motivation after the pain has subsided, see Page 2 of this newsletter. In addition to the significance education holds in the health care sector, teachers in general hold tremendous value in our community and society at large. If you can think of an educator who made a difference in your life, be sure to let them know this month!
The Value of Education And the Role It Plays in the Treatment Process
While the origins of Teacher Appreciation Week are somewhat unclear, the National Education Association credits Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge as the one who prompted this countrywide appreciation of public servants in the early 1950s. Woodridge apparently implored Eleanor Roosevelt to take action, who then appealed to the 81st Congress. Thus, Teacher Appreciation Week was born. Although many Louisville locals are likely aware of the contention surrounding the field of education currently, here at the Louisville Sports & Injury Center, we supremely value teachers and the arduous — albeit sometimes thankless — work they do.
on spreading awareness and imparting educational material is similar to that of a teacher. In fact, when it comes to a patient’s journey of recovery following an injury, my team and I know that education makes all the difference. It’s how we guide our care and empower patients to stay motivated throughout the treatment process, and it serves as the backbone of our clinic. Through my team’s and my combined experiences, we’ve found that outcomes are drastically improved when patients become involved, but they can’t truly be involved unless they are informed. We start by listening to the patient’s story. Whether they were injured in an accident or suffered a sports-related injury, knowing the circumstances that led to
I may not stand at the front of a classroom every day, but my emphasis
–Dr. Trace Kelly
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