The Value of a Partnership Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a physical therapist and the role that I play in the recovery of my patients. Physical Therapists are specially trained health care professionals who are experts in understanding how movement, posture, and function affect the wellness of the individual. A physical therapist’s goal is to promote healthy activities that maximize productivity and enjoyment in both work and recreational pursuits. Physical Therapists promote healing by reducing pain and inflammation, by increasing range of motion and strength, and by improving posture, body awareness and body mechanics. For me, as a physical therapist, I am a partner, a teacher, and a guide who helps people recover from injuries, conditions, or illnesses and who helps people learn to better care for themselves. I do not make you healthy; I help you to make yourself healthy. I do not determine your potential for success. You, and you alone, determine your potential. You must be an active participant in your health, and not a passive recipient of care. You are the most important part of the solution.
The odds of your success dramatically and exponentially increase with your active and dedicated participation in your program of care, whether it is physical therapy, massage therapy, psychological counseling, personal training, yoga therapy or nutritional counseling. The primary way that we provide physical therapy treatment at Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah is to educate and guide our patients through rehabilitation exercises. Countless studies looking at effective treatment options for conditions that are as varied as low back pain, knee arthritis, hip bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and neck pain have demonstrated the fact that exercise is the best way to achieve long-term recovery and health. We are an exercised-based physical therapy department of a multi-disciplinary clinic. We are partners with our patients as they advance along the road to recovery. Underlying this partnership are the principles of trust, commitment, and responsibility. These values form the cornerstone, the bedrock, and the foundation for everything that we do in the physical therapy department of Rehabilitation Options of Issaquah. As trust, commitment, and responsibility grow, you will become more empowered to make meaningful change and to care properly for yourself. Trust can be defined as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. You are entrusting us with your health. You trust that we are providing skilled expert treatment and guidance. You are giving us the honor and the privilege of helping you recover from an injury, a condition, or an illness. More importantly, you will develop the ability, the knowledge, and the strength to make the right decisions when it comes to the health of you and your loved ones.
Commitment can be defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a person, a cause or an activity. You must be committed to your personal wellbeing and to your health. You must invest your time, energy, and resources. You must do your part as a patient to increase the likelihood of your recovery. I must be committed to your wellbeing and health. If we both do our parts, then the odds are in your favor that you will succeed. Responsibility can be defined as a duty or task that you are required or expected to do or something that you should do because it is right. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and to make healthy decisions. It is the right thing to do. It is my responsibility as your physical therapist to help you do this. As you fulfill your responsibilities, you will unleash your potential. The principles of trust, commitment, and responsibility can be developed over time. We can have a lasting impact on our lives and the lives of those close to us by practicing these values. If we approach physical therapy as a partnership between you, the patient, and me, the physical therapist, then the choice to move toward meaningful change and lifelong health will be yours.
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