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Physical Therapy Essential for Recovery

I missed writing a Blog from Sunday, I was driving back from Austin. I attended my daughter’s couples’ wedding shower. Loads of fun! She is in Physical Therapy School. Hmm... that reminds me of a recent question from a patient. “What does a Physical Therapist do?”

Here's what Google says: "Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability."

But I believe perhaps one of the most important goals for the therapist to accomplish is to motivate the patient to be involved in the recovery process. Having a patient who only does therapy while with the therapist (no matter how good they are) is doomed to do poorly. The patient must commit and participate in the recovery process. Having a therapist that can accomplish this is of untold value to the patient’s well-being and ultimate success in treating the disease and returning to optimum health.

I had a great time at the Women’s Health Seminar sponsored by Lake Area Medical Center on July 15th, and am looking forward to the Healthy Woman Anniversary event Health Expo set for Thursday, September 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Sweet!

Blogging at you next week, Dr. H

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