Call Them Heroes. Physical Therapists.

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For the last few years, it seems that I have spent an inordinate amount of time working with Physical Therapists and their assistants. Let me restate that comment…I am trying to complete the work that my Physical Therapist and his Assistants conjure up for me. That sounds like they are sitting there in a dark office trying to magically figure out how to move me from Point A to Point B. Hmmm…maybe that is true!

 

To arrive at Point BΒ seems like Dorothy trying to find the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz. There are so many obstacles in the way.

  • Like my lower back.

  • Like my entire back.

  • Like my left leg that hurts because my back hurts because I think that my shoulder hurts because my neck hurts. Car accidents have consequences that are ongoing.

  • Like my less than strong coreΒ (I wonder if that is the right word…see I just know nothing at all!)

  • Like my lack of ability to jump on the table without the stool to step on.

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    Did I hear correctly what the assistants were possibly saying…words that Dorothy heard? Β 

“Going so soon? I wouldn’t hear of it. Why my little party’s just beginning!”

Or…

“So, you won’t take warning, eh? All the worse for you. I’ll take care of you now instead of later!”

 

OK… probably I just imagined that conversation…they are all actually just too nice to say those words! This is the best Physical Therapy Team that I have had in this journey to being able to move without as much pain in my back…in this journey to find my original self. Truly, I am so lucky to have met them and I look forward to Tuesday/Thursday mornings. Imagine that…me looking forward to Physical Therapy! Amazing!

 

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The following is what I think it takes to make Physical Therapy a positive experience…

  • Happy and friendly Physical Therapists and Assistants

  • An atmosphere of positive energy

  • A slow pace if necessary

  • A fast pace when it can be achieved

  • Constant encouragement

  • Fun, yet productive conversations

  • Ability to listen to the patient

  • Ability of the patient to listen to the Physical Therapist and Assistants

  • Not too crowded…time for one-on-one work

  • An incredible base of knowledge for everyone

  • A sense of joy…for better health is a joy for everyone

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    I am lucky to have such a wonderful Physical Therapy Team…I want to thank them for being there for me…for being incredibly patient and for making me laugh at every visit!!

    Evidently I really did find the Yellow Brick Road!

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19 thoughts on “Call Them Heroes. Physical Therapists.

  1. My daughter in law is a Dr of physical therapy and is an amazing woman, mom, wife and therapist! Love her to pieces. She has this high soft little voice that has steel underneath it. I will never forget when my dad had his knee replaced and she was working where he went. He asked if he really needed to do all those exercises. Her response, “Well, Grandpa, it all depends if you want to just sit around or if you want to get back to work.” Needless to say, he did his exercises.

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