When physiotherapists graduate, they're often thrown into busy clinical settings where their time management and multi-tasking skills are challenged. I remember feeling overwhelmed by trying to find a balance between managing the administrative part of the job with optimal patient care.
Herein lies a very common problem. With an emphasis on caseload management, retaining patients and orientating to the busy flow of private practice, it is really easy to lose track of the guiding principles of physiotherapy; getting people moving.
With an emphasis on caseload management, retaining patients and orientating to the busy flow of private practice, it is really easy to lose track of the guiding principles of physiotherapy; getting people moving.
With the right approach however, the private practice setting is an opportunity to reach and educate a large number of patients. If we boil the profession of physiotherapy down to its most basic form, we are in the business of getting people moving. Whether through manual therapy, exercise or needling, we increase range of motion, decrease stiffness, strengthen and return people to function.
When I begin to get caught up in the whirlwind of a busy schedule, I try to fall back on the fundamental basics of movement assessment. Watch the patient move, measure the limitations, find the reasons for those limitations and then decide on an appropriate treatment to correct it. By keeping these principles in mind, there will be observable change with time and this is value that cannot be overlooked. So despite the difficulties that come with managing a busy caseload, therapists can make a difference if they keep one thing in mind, that we are made to move.
So no matter who and how busy you are, don't forget that we are made to move.
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Made to move.