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4th Quarter, 2010

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The Prescription for all Patients?
What if there was one prescription that could prevent and treat dozens of diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity? Would you prescribe it? Certainly.

Exercise is Medicine!

  • Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.
  • More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in healthcare settings.
  • All physicians and healthcare providers are urged to make exercise consultation a regular, important part of your interaction with every patient at every visit.

Can a “Home Program” Trump PT?

One “substitute” for supervised physical therapy might be the “home program.” Home exercise programs are a routine part of most physical therapy episodes of care. However, utilization of a home exercise program with an in-office pamphlet or handout is different.

Home exercise program efficacy consists of 2 parts:

  1. Skill Acquisition (psychomotor accuracy)
  2. Compliance

In other words, patients must “do the right thing the right way,” and “keep doing it” for efficacy to be achieved. Consultation with a physical therapist is needed to effectively prescribe and utilize exercise as part of the physical therapy management of a patient. It is essential that you develop a collaborative relationship with a physical therapy group that you can trust to help administer this exercise prescription.

Success Stories

"I broke my shoulder skiing with my doctor in Vail. What is worse than skiing with your doctor? Being told to get in shape for next year!"

"I had multiple fractures on my shoulder and had a 50/50 chance of recovery without surgery. Who better to beat the odds but Elite? My doctor recommended me to Elite to increase my range of motion from a paltry 40% to almost back to normal. In fact, I can now do everything I used to do, including golf and pushups. I tried a therapist early [based on] the recommendation of my surgeon–not my doctor. What a mistake."

"After visiting Elite they instilled a sense of confidence that life could return to normal without surgery. The secret? Attention to detail, discipline, a method to the program and an attitude of caring. I recommend Elite to all my friends...at least the ones who do not know my doctor. Next year, I hope to ski the expert slopes again and buy my therapist a coffee–not more therapy. You are with the best if you get on their busy calendar."

D. Thomson–Leawood

Highlights

PT Judy Hensley attended a one week mission trip to Haiti to help rebuild housing and assist those in need.

Matt Timm and Biagio Mazza taught a continuing education course, 3D Functional Exercise Progression, for area PTs in November.

Congratulations!

  • Pam King, Patient Service Specialist, had grandchild Remi Lynn on November 7th.
  • PT Kim Pointer and husband, Corey, are expecting child number three in February.
  • PT Matt Timm announced that he and wife, Katie, are expecting their second child in July.
  • PTs Matt Timm and Biagio Mazza graduated with Transitional Doctoral degrees in physical therapy on December 10th.

Not all physical therapy practices are the same! Skill level, education, specialization, and quality of care can vary tremendously from one practice to the next. World Class Care is available for you right here in the KC Metro! Contact us at (913) 888-0014 or (816) 941-2550

Our mission is to help you improve how you move through life with personalized, precise, and elite care.

As we near the end of 2010, we would like to thank ALL of our friends, family, patients, referral sources, and business associates for a fantastic year. 2011 should be even better!