Monday, June 11, 2007

June 11, 2007

Here is an example of a common challenge we run into as physical therapists. You will have a patient with a sprained ankle. The patient has a soccer match in just a few days. As a therapist, I have two jobs - one to rehab their ankle so they can play and, two, to make them aware that it might not heal in time to play.

My question to you is, how do you know when to allow the patient to start playing again? Do they have to be free of pain? Can they have some pain? Can they go back to playing no matter what? How do you decide?

Think about it, post your thoughts and I'll get back with you in a few days.


Monday, May 28, 2007

May 28, 2007

Welcome to my blog. I'm doing this so you can learn a little bit about physical therapists, what we do at our job, what our patients are like and what goes on in a physical therapy dept.

I work at The Ohio State University Student Health Services Sports Medicine Department. I've worked here for 14 years. Our patients are students at The Ohio State University. What's wrong with them ranges from students with sore necks from poor posture to athletic injuries and rehabilitation.

From time to time I will tell you about some of our patients, the difficult things we have to deal with and some of the fun stuff we get to do too. Hopefully you will learn more about what we do on a daily basis and have an interest in pursuing physical therapy in college.