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Is Your Doctor (or physical therapy clinic) Taking Care of You?

Recently, I joined my mother-in-law for a visit to a physician’s office.

The physician she saw has a solid reputation and is known as a “go-to” expert in his field.

During the visit he spent a total of 5 minutes with my mother-in-law, glossing over test results and providing very brief recommendations.

He appeared to be speaking as fast as he could so that he could finish the visit and to get to his next patient. After his rushed explanation, we attempted to ask questions, which he answered while backing out of the room.

Sadly, experiences like this are very common in the world of healthcare and I do not blame the healthcare providers because they oftentimes are not left with much of a choice.

The health insurance industry consistently reduces reimbursement to health care providers, forcing them to schedule more patients within a fixed time period. As a result, the quality of care suffers, and everything becomes less personalized.

This also occurs in physical therapy, forcing many clinicians to resort to “cookie cutter” protocols.

If you go to Physical Therapy because of lower back pain then you get put on the lower back pain protocol, shoulder pain=shoulder protocol, etc.

Many times, this works, however, it is not the best choice for those looking to live an active, pain free, and healthy life.

For this reason I typically seek out practitioners that are out of network with health insurance as it enables them to provide me with the highest quality of care possible. In this approach I am treated like an individual and I get to ask all the questions that I would like so that I can a better understanding of my health.

We are out of network providers here at Cohen Health and Performance. We strive to get the best possible results for our patients in the least number of visits, while also providing the education necessary to prevent future issues from occurring.

People can feel better, move better, and enjoy an active lifestyle.  Our mission at CHP will always be to take the best possible care of our patients and that is why we are out of network with health insurance.

Interested in learning more about how this approach can help you? Contact us here!

What The End Of My Sports Career Taught Me

Boy have times changed. Look at all that hair! Apparently they couldn’t do anything about the sun on picture day…

“I need to stretch more. Maybe I should try Yoga.”

“I’ve heard Pilates is really good for my core. Maybe I need to check out a class?”

“Strength training is important so perhaps I need to start lifting weights but where do I start?”

Most of us have had thoughts like this when considering different types of exercise.

The world of health, fitness, sports physical therapy and injury rehabilitation is huge and may seem overwhelming. I recall when I felt confused about how to proceed with my fitness journey.

After finishing my college football career, I no longer had coaches to guide my training. No longer did I have prescheduled practice, conditioning workouts, weight training, and recovery workouts (usually a mixture of foam rolling, stretching, yoga and light cardio).

I was unsure of what to do so I simply continued training as I always had. I lifted weights as per my usual off-season program and performed a couple conditioning workouts per week.

After a few weeks of doing this, I decided to ask myself a simple question. “Why?”

What was my training goal now? What were the best ways to achieve these goals? Upon some reflection and jotting down a few notes I quickly realized that my training program was not in line with my goals at that time.

My football career was over. I finally had the opportunity to get healthy and stay that way.

However, I really enjoyed feeling strong and the process of lifting weights. Also, I was studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) so had to practice what I preach (this was prior to physical therapy school).

I decided to create a strength training program that consisted of exercises to promote strength, while also improving my mobility. The goals were to improve my strength and muscle mass, while feeling great overall.

This was the optimal training approach for me at the time and I was only able to realize that by slowing down and asking a few simple questions.

When was the last time you did that? Try asking yourself the following questions.

  • What are the outcomes that I am looking for from my training? Do I want to become stronger? Do I want to live with less discomfort? Become more mobile? The key is being honest here!
  • What are the best ways to achieve the outcomes I am looking for?
  • If I am not sure of #2 above, who can help me figure that out?

As you can see with question 3 above, you do not need to have all the answers yourself. There are many people out there available to help you reach your goals but no one can determine what those goals are.

Once you gain clarity about your goals, our team of Performance Physical Therapists in Chevy Chase would love to help you achieve them. In addition to being Doctors of Physical Therapy, our team of Performance Physical Therapists are Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists that specialize in helping injured athletes get back in the game.