Visually Educating Patients
Patient education is an important part of physical therapy, and some may even argue that it is the most important aspect that physical therapists are responsible for. The power of educating a patient about their diagnosis, impairments, etc. carries beyond the clinic and is a main component to achieving success in the long term. A simple way to educate a patient is through an informational video. Here is a patient education video that I created about patellar tendinopathy. The goal of this video is to help the patient get a basic understanding of what is causing their problem, how it may have occurred, and what they can possibly expect during their time in the physical therapy clinic. Having a base of go to videos can be useful and if used properly can be an effective tool for any physical therapist.
-Jim Tersak, SPT, CSCS