Louisville Sports & Injury Center, Inc - November 2018

Louisville Sports & Injury Center

4227 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40213 www.usinjurydr.com

502-451-5959

NOVEMBER 2018

work for nearly two decades. Every time I help a patient recover from their injury, I am reminded of the reasons I went into this career in the first place. When I was in high school, I suffered a severe neck injury playing football, leaving my dominant arm completely paralyzed. Beyond throwing and catching the pigskin, I was also an artist. Without the ability to use my arm, I would lose both passions at once. I was completely devastated. Fortunately, after working with a chiropractor for a year and a half, I restored full function. The relationship my chiropractor and I forged in those formative years inspired me to pursue a career in the field. I joined Louisville Sports & Injury Center eight years ago, and there hasn’t been a day in which I don’t love what I do. I particularly enjoy being patients’ first point of contact after they leave the ER following their accident. That way, I can serve as an advocate in their recovery process. So many of the injuries I see might initially seem trivial; sprains, strains, and whiplash, for example, sound straightforward. But treated incorrectly, these injuries can have a snowball effect, leaving the patient with a laundry list of complex problems. That’s why I like to

Why I Love What I Do How Our Team Helps Patients Get Their Lives Back

When people think of patient care, they tend to assume that all clinics follow the same approach. But the truth is that there are a lot of different ways that chiropractors help people on their road to recovery. One particular theory I’ve chosen to mimic throughout my 18 years in this field is widely known as Orem’s Model of Nursing. In 1959, Dorothea Orem began developing a patient-care model based on her experience. What were patients constantly telling her? To put it simply, they didn’t want help with every little task; they wanted to take care of themselves. Orem found that when she gave them space to perform their own self-care activities to the best of their ability, patients recovered more quickly. Here at Louisville Sports & Injury Center, my team and I help our patients set realistic but ambitious goals at the beginning of their recovery process. That way, they are not only able to walk out of our office pain-free, but they leave with knowledge of how to take care of themselves in the future. In this way, we

function as the support system in their personal journey to recovery. That is the most amazing part of my job: helping patients return to the life they had before they came into our clinic. You see, unlike other fields predicated on customer service, people don’t make appointments to see us because their lives are going exceedingly well. Instead, patients walk through our

“That is the most amazing part of my job: helping patients return to the life they had before they came into our clinic.”

doors during some of the most stressful times in their lives. Whether they’ve just been in a major car accident or became injured out on the football field, our goal is to help patients’ lives return to normalcy. We want to help them get back to work, back to playing with their kids, back to practicing with their soccer team, and back to living their lives without constant pain. The consistent joyfulness I feel when I am able to build these professional relationships has fueled my passion for my

advocate for my patients. After that, I like to use a holistic approach — which usually involves our talented team of massage therapists — and work to treat every single patient according to their individual needs. Over time, I’ve noticed that our combination of patient advocacy, our self- care mission, and our hardworking team is what continues to make our clinic truly successful.

–Dr. Trace Kelley

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