Educating your patients is one of the most important things you can do as a physical therapist. You can be the best physical therapist in the world but without proper education and communication with your patients they will never fully trust the process. Most of our competition in physical therapy is the pharmaceutical companies. Think about it- how many people just take a pill when they get injured? It's easy and has been the way for a very long time. However, if we as physical therapists can educated our patients and the general public better about what to do when getting injured then we can help so much more.
One of the questions I get all the time from people outside the clinic is what to do when getting injured. Many will suggest rest and ice. Again, this is the common way of thinking for the mass but as physical therapists we know that is not always the best course of action. We need to do a better job of educating the public so that they can understand that controlled rest becomes the norm. In an article I was recently featured in, I explain some of the most important concepts for the general public. Check it out below.
Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy/Strength & Conditioning Coach/Fitness & Medical Writer
Sports Physical Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
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