As a patient’s pain gets more complicated, so do their lives. The presentation of the patient is no longer just a simple acute injury that should go though the normal healing stages. A lot of times with acute injury, there is no story attached to the injury, so the healing does not get complicated. As the pain becomes more chronic, the source starts to become blurry. The longer the pain persists, the more confusion that happens, as the patient gets further away from and perhaps forgets the initial source.
As a therapist, I take a lot of ownership in my patients and their outcomes. I feel great responsibility in seeing they get the best care that I can give them. If they are not responding to my care, then I work just as hard to get them where they need to be even if it is a competitor. In time, the favor will be returned.
As we prepare for an exciting time connecting with enthusiastic student leaders and seasoned PTs alike at the APTA Next Conference in Nashville this week, we wanted to introduce you to an inspiring manual therapy leader based in Tennessee, NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Instructor, Rebecca Lowe, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT.