In my personal and clinical experience, the most common feelings when in pain are:
- Fear. “I hope this isn’t serious?”
- Anxiety. “I hope this goes away”
Most of the time our fear fades as the alarm bell of pain decreases with time, and then everything gets back to normal. This happens innumerable times throughout our life. Sometimes the pain does not go away or it goes away slower than we had hoped.
I believe there are few things more immediate and inescapable than our physical pain and function. Also, there are few things that affect our quality of life to such an extent.
If you are in pain. I would like to help you. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I am equipped to perform a thorough examination and find what is causing your pain in the vast majority of musculoskeletal pain conditions. Instead of wasting time and money on unnecessary physician, specialist, and imaging services, seeking care from a Doctor of Physical Therapy through Direct Access is the most cost-effective route as was demonstrated in the Virginia Mason Health System in Washington state (see diagram below). In addition, a study by Ojha et al. 2014, showed that patients seeing Physical Therapists through Direct Access had a lower number of visits and superior outcomes!
However, there are times when a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, or another health care provider may be the first step and physical therapy or other treatment at that time could be detrimental. This will be identified in the first 30 minutes of the first visit.
At the end of the initial consultation, I will be able to give you the information that you should demand from any healthcare professional providing care:
- What exactly is my condition, and what caused it?
- Are you the most appropriate health care provider for treatment of my condition?
- If not, who should I see?
- What is my prognosis (how much better will I get and when)?
- How will I know the treatment is working?
- How can you (the clinician) help me?
- What can I do to help myself?
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