Having an exercise partner is helpful in many ways. Exercising in a group not only benefits a patient but also is useful for a therapist.
Have you ever had a situation where you are actually working with one patient? While your patient is resting, she starts talking with other patients sitting in the rehab gym. They become friends, start going to some activities together, go-to dining room together and to stretch it a little further, they stay friends even after going home! Yes, I never thought about it, but socialization is very important and magical (to some extent!) for the majority of our patients. It gives them courage, positivity, and hope that they are not the only one in their fight. It motivates them to fight harder, achieve their goals and go home.
This brings me to our topic for today – Group exercise and its benefits in Physical Therapy. Group therapy is not only cool from a patient’s perspective, but it is also very efficient and productive from the therapist’s side. What more as a therapist you can ask for when your patient is already motivated to come down to the gym happily and do all her exercises!! Happy patients and happy therapist, win-win on both ends. So let’s talk about the benefits of group exercises.Continue reading “Group Exercise: Seven Reasons to Consider as a Treatment Of Choice”
I have developed this Physical Therapy evaluation form based on what I usually need to know from my patient. It was designed mainly for sub-acute or inpatient setting, but it can also be utilized in various other settings such as outpatient and home health. The purpose of this article is to help other therapists have information quickly available when they need it. Feel free to add/remove items based on your professional needs. A downloadable version is attached at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “Physical Therapy Patient Evaluation Form – Format and Sample”
Arthritis is a buzzword you may have heard whether you are a healthcare professional or not. Most commonly, Osteoarthritis is referred to as arthritis. Furthermore, a lot of times and joint pain related to aging is also labeled as arthritis or Osteoarthritis. As a physical therapist, I cringe when a condition is generalized without facts. The truth is, It’s not necessary to “always” have pain with arthritis, but of course, I bite my tongue (often) and just give a pretty smile. So, my aim with this post is to make people (mainly non-healthcare providers) aware of what arthritis is, and provide tips to deal with the discomfort associated with the condition.
The physical therapy program is becoming more and more popular. Physical Therapy school is hard and it can become challenging to hold onto your hopes till the completion sometimes. I want to write this blog to educate current Physical Therapist students how a day looks like a Physical Therapist routinely. So here is to the life in the day of a Physical Therapist!!
So its time for the interview. Maybe first; maybe one after other unsuccessful interviews. Once we finish our internship and final semester, it is time to look for places where we can actually use our knowledge and help people! Granted, after having a PT degree, you are going to get a job. If you have some contacts in the field, you may even start working under direct supervision prior to clearing your NPTE. In any case, yes, you will get a job – no worries there.
Recovery after SCI (spinal cord injury) depends on the level of injury as well as the type of injury. This is a case of 65 years old healthy woman who fell from seven steps and had a loss of consciousness for a few minutes almost a year and a half ago.
Learning to walk again after SCI
The patient sustained C7 cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) from a fall. Her injury was classified as ASIA A SCI and she had to undergo cervical spinal fusion after the injury. She received basic rehabilitation at the hospital and had few complications like PNA and UTI during her hospitalization. She came to our facility for neurorehabilitation. Gait training was the most difficult task for my patient to achieve after her injury. And of course, gait training was one of her main goals. This article summarizes her progress in rehab and the creative ideas I had to use during her gait training. Continue reading “Orthosis in Gait training – Successful Story of recovery from Spinal Cord Injury(SCI)”
Often times, physical therapists are put into a place where we need to have a conversation with family explaining their loved ones cannot go home, can’t live alone, won’t be able to drive, can’t feed themselves, or their impulsivity or memory causes harm to their independence. Sounds so familiar, isn’t it? Being able to have a difficult conversation is a key part of the physical therapist’s routine. We may have to have this kind of conversation once a week or month or more often!!
Time management and being Organised are tow key factors to be successful in a day. It takes good skill, a lot of patience and of course a smiling face to complete daily requirements in a given time and to go home to the family. This is especially true in a career involving human service like healthcare. with over ten years of experiences, training and trailing many different ways, I want to discuss some key factors that will land you a successful day in Physical therapy career.
Traumatic brain injury is a type of injury that often results from an accident. It involves a long recovery process way past physical healing. This type of brain injury requires a lot of patience as well as persistence from all parties involved.