For example, one person may want to receive a passing score on their yearly work performance review. While another individual may view a stellar review as the minimum requirement for success and a monetary raise or promotion as a mandatory indicator of their success. Even if they receive a stellar review, they feel somewhat unsuccessful without the monetary or positional change.
As physiotherapists at SPARK, we hold a high criteria of professional success.
- We want to see rapid improvements in the client’s quality or degree of movement following treatment interventions.
- We desire for our patients to have somewhat immediate improvements in pain complaints with each treatment session.
- We measure success in terms of strength gains, mobility improvements, and other objective measures.
- We aim to provide high level patient education that frees our clients from fear-inducing, movement avoidance activities that only create greater pain and promote continued movement deficits.
We consistently seek to measure, gauge, and track this information so that if an intervention, treatment, exercise or piece of information creates minimal to no change we can redirect our efforts elsewhere. IF THERE IS NO CHANGE, OUR PATIENTS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER.
We believe that these are the ways that your physical therapist of physiotherapist should measure their success in treating your complaints. If they seem to be focused more on seeing high numbers of patients, occupying your time with seemingly meaningless exercises, or completing documentation on their computer you are probably not receiving the care that will get you results!
If you are reading this, you probably want treatment that will make changes in your pain, performance, movement, and lifestyle. Ask how your health care provides measure their success and if they don’t measure up to these standards you should probably consider alternative care.
Dr. Kristen A Lattimore, PT, DPT, CSCS, CMTPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist. She has also had experience as an athlete and coach of the speed and jumping side of Track and Field. She is passionate about integrating her knowledge and experience with fast and powerful exercise into the practice of physical therapy. She also enjoys working with patients whose concerns and complaints have been overlooked and perpetually deferred to the next medial professional.
Kristen continues to challenge herself with varied exercise including interval running, weight lifting, yoga, and Pilates. She is passionate about making her patients their best selves and adding power and intensity back into physical therapy. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.