THE NEW YORK TIMES: Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing
An article in Monday’s New York Times, titled “Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing,” captures the essence of the special relationship a physical therapist develops with his or her patient.
- This article dives into the undeniable bond that patients and physical therapists develop with one another. The amount of time spent between a patient and their physical therapist is more than a regular doctor might have, but there are other factors. The author explains how that nature of these public exercises makes a patient vulnerable. With pain that is hard for really anyone else to understand, the questions that a patient asks a physical therapist are personal and open. How do I go about my daily tasks – show me how.
- Because the article describes the hands-on, intense nature of physical therapist treatment, there could be some who find the article of concern because it might raise red flags over how long the person spent time in PT or the pain patients sometimes endure on their road to recovery – and we must be sensitive to those real concerns. However, THE OVERARCHING THEME THAT CONSUMERS SHOULD TAKE FROM THE ARTICLE IS THE SPECIAL BOND THAT DEVELOPS BETWEEN PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND THEIR PATIENTS. Ask the plentiful ECRC patients who return to ECRC after a second injury or a flare-up of the original injury; this bond brings them back.
If you want to read the full article on how the bond between a physical therapist and a patient is like no other, click here.