Guest Blog by: Tom Teter, DC
Developer of FAKTR's Rehab to Fitness
When working with athletic populations one of the primary challenges in clinical practice is transitioning patients from passive to active care. At times we seem to aim our focus in the wrong direction, choosing to rely solely on the reduction of pain rather than instead the restoration of function as our metric for success. Even in our attempts to restore function, we often fall short by not considering the true nature of function for the athletes under our care. It is often our shortcoming in bridging the gap from rehabilitation into a structured fitness program that becomes a risk factor for reoccurrence of injury and lack of optimal performance.
Although everyone has slightly different variations of their goals when working with patients, there are some extremely consistent ideas that guide clinical practice.
In this guest post from FAKTR's Rehab to Fitness Instructor, Dr. Tom Teter, you'll learn the five foundational goals of patient care that should drive your clinical decision-making.
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This time of year, I redirect my thoughts towards my patients. Pain in patients can be a tricky thing. Sometimes, it seems fairly obvious why they are in pain. Perhaps they slipped and fell, or maybe picked something up wrong. Many times, the pain has nothing to do with physical injury. Instead, it’s suffering steeped in years of deeply rooted mental or emotional trauma that forces its way to the surface during holidays. Holidays can become a weak spot in the seemingly impenetrable armor of the people who hide it well for most of the year.