Most physical therapists I have met over the years have similar reasons for entering the field and practice: The willingness to help others. But somewhere along the line, that passion can get lost. We get caught up in other entities of the job and lose sight of what we entered the practice for. There are productivity standards and expectations. Committees and side projects that do not have much to do with patient care. Documentation is no longer a review of what worked and what didn’t—it is a satisfaction of the requirements of the insurance company (so we can get paid.) So how can we keep the passion for PT in this new “business" environment?
Ten years. It was ten years ago that I took the NAIOMT upper quadrant course which consisted of Cervical II and Shoulder/elbow/wrist. It was ten years ago that I left the course and distinctly remember calling my husband and telling him that it was just too hard. I was so excited about what I was learning but was convinced that I could never pass the tests. I told him (and myself) that I would continue to take the classes for the knowledge but would never be able to pass the exams. They seemed impossible for me to pass.
A patient came in with complaints of dizziness, facial tingling, disturbed vision/hearing and pain in her neck. She had history of a bad MVA approximately 25 years ago and her symptoms had persisted since the accident. During subjective history she mentioned that all of her previous physicians thought she was crazy. As I was performing the subjective examination, I thought her symptoms sounded like what Erl Pettman has described as “trigeminal symptoms.” It occurred to me she might have a C2/3 dysfunction that was contributing to trigeminal convergence creating these symptoms.
Some people think that manipulation is one of the hardest skills to obtain in physical therapy education. I would like to challenge that and say that clinical reasoning is one of the hardest skills to achieve. When I teach, I often use the example of my eight-year-old. Believe it or not, I have taught him how to manipulate my sacro-iliac joint and my talo-cural joint! Yes, even at his young age, he can perform the skill quite well. What he can’t do is discern when to perform the skill.
What happens when you put together people with a common passion, nature, food/drink and people who have a heart to give back to others?
Why does mentorship matter so much in our physical therapy profession? And why do we keep harping on this? Here goes.
Why pursue training and mentorship with The North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)? Here are three reasons:
Topics: cervical spine, cervical spine course, Manual Physical Therapy, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, PT continuing education, Clinical Fellowship Program, Clinical Reasoning, clinical skills
Today NAIOMT faculty Stacy Soappman, PT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT weighs in on one of the most overlooked skills by PTs. Watch the video or read the transcript below filled with valuable insights about developing skills and experience over time, and the immense value of mentorship for a physical therapist.
In our field, mentorship matters. I have had the ENORMOUS privilege and honor to work with mentors in my OMPT practice and other areas of my life. Gail Molloy and Jim Meadows have been constant relationships, and they are two mentors that I look up to and still ask questions of.