Advanced Physical Therapy - February 2020



In physical therapy, everything we do is based on our patients. From exercises that treat your specific type of pain, to finding out your favorite activity, it’s all based on helping you get back to the things you enjoy. We incorporate your interests so you can connect them to your goal of getting better and actually look forward to physical therapy. If my patient is a golfer, I’m going to work with them on swinging a golf club and eventually work with them on balancing on one foot while swinging a golf club. Right now, with a patient who’s a basketball player, we’re recreating movements she would do in a game. I’m having her pass on one leg and creating other situations that strengthen and improve the areas that will help her stay injury-free in her sport. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU CATERING OUR PROCESS TO OUR PATIENTS Balance is key in so many situations. This is especially true during this time of year when there’s snow and ice on the ground. We tend to see more people around this time due to slips and falls, and many people come in with back pain from shoveling. Please

Patients will tell us, “I actually feel better!” For us, it’s not a surprise — what we thought would happen was correct; it's the outcome we planned for when we put together their program. For a patient, though, the process can feel miraculous — physical therapy actually works! People are often surprised that they feel better, that physical therapy helped them get back to where they were. In our waiting room, we’ve hung up success stories from the patients we’ve worked with. They are stories of recovery, of healing, of people making their way back to their lives. It’s powerful. Anytime I need a boost, I go look at this wall. It’s a reminder to anyone who walks in that they too will get better, that they are there to get better, and we’re going to help them through that journey — every step of the way.

be careful out there, and use caution as you move around in cold weather. If you’re experiencing balance issues, PT can help. Whether it’s from vertigo, an ankle injury, or just plain age, we have specific ways to treat balance deficiencies. Talk to your primary physician or come get seen by a PT (Connecticut is a direct access state, meaning you can come get evaluated without a referral). In physical therapy, a lot of what we ask patients to do is to trust in the process. We know it can feel like what we’re asking you to do isn’t going to make a difference. It can be hard to grasp how it’s helping. “How can all these small movements make me stronger? How are they going to help?” Small movements over time lead to results. As much as we ask our patients to stick to the program we’ve created, we also ask them to have faith in the process.

–Kevin Smith

There’s a word we tend to hear a lot of as physical therapists: “actually.”

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