Month: July 2014

  • HOPE

    July 20, 2014

    When I was began working as a physical therapist 17 years ago, I was young and full of energy to get every one of my patients back to their prior level of function. I would do things that were considered unconventional, not within the boundaries of the capabilities of the patients that I was treating, and was told on more than one occasion that I was giving people “false hope”.

    This has bothered me since those words have passed over the lips of the people uttering them and although I may not promise that all of my patients will achieve all of their goals in the time frame that they have in their heads. I tell my patients with new and chronic neurological injuries that the only time that I have not seen progress of some kind in my patients is when they stop trying.

    I will use the definition of hope from my Christian background, “Hope The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.” I believe that if I can instill a sense of hope in someone they have more inner drive and will attain results beyond what they initially were told and what the text book describes as the level of function that they will achieve. I am not telling every health care provider that they have to tell their patients that they will achieve something, because we may not do that in good conscience or have anything to back up saying that they will. Likewise, I believe it is similar that you do not know if they will achieve something that is unlikely based on their injury or disease. Therefore, if we can live with hope and give hope to our patients by helping them achieving little goals or big goals, then is it wrong to instill this as practitioners? I leave you with another quote from someone who has aspired many…” Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve”

    Dr. Phil Cadman, PT, DPT

  • Daily Victories

    July 13, 2014

    The human spirit always seems to amaze me in new and wonderful ways.  I have had the unique and awesome experience of working with a young man who suffered a T5 spinal cord injury about 8 months ago.  I have worked with him for a very short time and I have been very impressed with how quickly he has made progress and showed me parts of his inner faith and beliefs throughout the 3 short weeks that we have worked together.  He has allowed me to reflect on myself and on how much I would like to help him succeed in walking again.

    From the first day, when he came through the doors of Premier Physical Therapy Services with a cautious and reserved hopefulness, to what I witnessed yesterday which was nothing less than a hopeful and gutsy effort.  He walked 2 times the distance he had walked the previous day and 4 times the distance that he walked 3 weeks ago for the first time in therapy.  It was awesome to see the other patients in the clinic watching and either quietly or loudly cheering him on and being pushed themselves to do more than they thought was possible.  Additionally it was touching to see his family, including his younger brother, his mom and dad see him accomplish this new personal walking record sealed with a hug from a beaming younger brother.  The sense of accomplishment of a job well done by my patient and a sense of pride from his family in seeing it unfold in front of them is another example of why this is the greatest job on the planet!

    Dr. Phil Cadman, PT, DPT