This semester I have particularly enjoyed seeing the different types of conditions that walk into the physical therapy clinic. The PT clinic has shown me such a larger variety of injuries and conditions in comparison to the athletic training clinic, and it gives me a more global outlook in regards to the profession as a whole. For example, I am working with a patient in the clinic right now who has a diagnosis of abdominal migraines. The patient has a constant 5-6 pain on a numerical pain scale, and the pain is predominantly concentrated in his legs. His ultimate goal was to be able to ride his bike again, which he has been doing for 20 laps around the parking lot as a warm-up for his rehab session. He has been able to perform each exercise in the clinic easily, but still complains of pain. His case is a particularly confusing one, and I am unsure of what will be deemed as successful at the end of his rehab. Additionally, there has been a patient that I have been working with a lot for about two months. He is recovering from a bilateral rotator cuff tear, where his right rotator cuff underwent a repair. He was completely immobilized for six weeks and has struggled gaining much of his ROM back since then. His pain is gone for the most part, but the lack of range of motion is frustrating for both us and him. Those are just a couple examples of the cases that I have seen that are different from those that I would be exposed from in the AT clinic.
This semester’s clinical experience has also allowed me to make new relationships. I have met so many incredible people in the physical therapy clinic, and I have been able to learn from so many different people in that clinic. Everyone there has a different style of rehab, and it was awesome to be able to pick and choose what I liked most from all the different people. I also have created awesome relationships with the patients in the clinic. I have learned that it is important to be much more gentle, both physically and with my words, when interacting with the patients in the clinic. It has been easy to communicate with athletes, but learning how to communicate with other individuals has been a really fruitful experience.
This week I earned attempts from Beth’s PBL and one attempt in the clinic.