This week was so cool! I finally got to see how the PT assistants made exercise programs, I observed and helped set up the traction machine, and I got to oversee a patients doing their exercises. It was also really cool to see how my time at the Vault helped me with talking to patients. For example, I got to help a patient do some resistance training with bands and pulleys to strengthen her upper back, and I recognized some technique and form that I learned at the Vault. I helped her with changing her form so that she would strengthen and not strain any muscles. I also observed Ben, one of the PTA's do exercises with his patients and hook them up to the electric stimulation machine. He also showed me the website that he uses for PT's to help create exercise plans. It is called HEP2Go, and you can type in a specific injury or part of the body, and it will give you hundreds of movements you can give to a patient. This will be really helpful to me with my project, which I also started thinking about during this week!! The PT's asked me if I had every had an injury that I could do an exercise plan for myself, but since I hadn't, I had the idea to create a plan for my dad. Since my dad got out of PT about 5-6 years ago, he has lost a lot of strength and ROM (range of motion; that is PT talk ;) ) and he would like to start PT again. I thought it would really cool to actually create a plan from what I have learned here. So yeah, a lot in the first first!! Everyone is really helpful and great at answering my questions. I am so happy that I am here, because I am learning so much already.
Picture 1: This is the office! Picture 2: This is one of the Electrical Stimulation Machines