Synergy PT Sports Med August 2017

THE SPECTATOR

August 2017

A High Level of Care

Right Here, at Home Welcome to our new and improved newsletter! We decided to make a few changes based on your feedback and for a few behind-the-scenes reasons. You wouldn’t know it at first glance, but creating a newsletter takes a lot of work. Just ask my husband, John! Well, we’re excited about the changes and excited to share the updated newsletter with you. Since starting the newsletter last spring, we’ve heard from a lot of you, and we wanted to say thank you! So, thank you! Thank you for your feedback, and thank you to everyone who has been attending our physical therapy workshops. We’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of new people over the summer, and we look forward to meeting more going into the fall. For now, though, we hope you enjoy the newsletter, with its articles and insights on the world of physical therapy. But most of all, we hope you learn something new along the way. This month, I wanted to talk a little bit about how I got into physical therapy. It’s a question that comes up from time to time, and I wanted to share that story. It began when I was a college freshman. I was pre-med and taking a lot of the science prerequisite classes.

At the time, I didn’t know PT was my passion. I hadn’t been exposed to it before. Then, I began doing some volunteer work, as well as work on the sidelines with student athletes. The more I worked directly with fellow students, the more I realized I loved what I was doing. It was hands-on work, and I was making a real difference. And the more I did it, the more I loved it. This led me to becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) as part of my undergraduate education. From there, I went after my Master of Science degree in physical therapy, which then turned into a career. Though I’ve been practicing PT for a number of years, there is still so much to learn. The profession grows practically every day. There are new and better therapies and techniques to share, and we are always learning new things about the human body, from how people sustain injuries to how they can be effectively healed. Today, physical therapy goes beyond the idea of therapy and rehabilitation. There is an increased emphasis on health and wellness. For a greater number of patients, PT is an alternative to surgery and medication. It’s still a critical companion to certain surgeries, in terms

of rehab and restoring function, but more research is coming out that shows PT can be just as effective as surgery in some cases. It all comes down to education. One of my goals is to not only continue to learn how to treat our patients as effectively as possible, delivering a high level of care, but to educate our patients on the potential of PT. In many ways, that’s what we hope to accomplish with the newsletter. We want you to know your options and to encourage you to ask questions. We’re here to help you, your

family, your friends, and your colleagues discover a new level of care, pain relief, and healing right here at home. Kira Boyd

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