Accelerate Therapy & Performance - July 2020

THE Recovery Review

YOU CAN BECOME YOUR BEST SELF!

July 2020

As a physical therapist, my job is to help people overcome their pain and become their best selves. When

I know our health care system is broken. I see examples of this every day. So many people are not getting the care they need and are actually getting the opposite. I have several doctor friends in general practice and a variety of specialties, and they are saying the same thing. Now, we know that many of the pills prescribed to help with a variety of issues are actually contributing to the problem. That isn’t to say that certain medications don’t have a place in our medicine cabinets. When it comes to acute issues, such as infections, many medications save lives. They are necessary for recovery and maintaining good health. But other medications have gotten in the way of good health. Anxiety, for example, was treated for decades with certain pain pills that didn’t work. Instead, they made things worse for a lot of people. I saw it happen to a veteran friend of mine. He was severely injured while in the military and was left with a physical injury, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His doctors treated his anxiety and PTSDwith pain pills, and like so many Americans, he became addicted to them. Eventually, he went through rehab, and the Department of Veterans Affairs developed a new philosophy of care: meditate not medicate. It’s a philosophy I can get behind. In many ways, it’s part of the philosophy we practice at Accelerate Therapy & Performance. You can’t be your best self if you’re covering up the problemwith medication. When you come to Accelerate, you have a goal in mind. You may want to get rid of your pain or restore motion to your knee or shoulder. We’re here to listen to your goal, develop steps that will get you there, and guide you every step of the way. We want to know you . I’ve learned that when I get to know someone and their goals, I can better help them become the best version of themselves. I can support them and give themwhat they need to achieve their goals and get back to doing what they love.

people come to us for care, they are usually living in pain or dealing with a part of their

body that is not working right, often after an accident or an injury. They are vulnerable, and their lives have been disrupted, leaving them unable to do the things they love. Sometimes, it takes a lot of hard work and consistency to become your best self. In fact, it can take months. But that effort is worth it. We’ve helped people transform their lives and rediscover themselves. The type of care we offer focuses on fixing the true source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms.

“We’ve helped people transform their lives and rediscover themselves. The type of care we offer focuses on fixing the true source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms.”

- Delaine Fowler, PT, DPT

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