I think the on-going challenge is to get better at how I speak to my patients, how I educate them, and how I help them understand their condition. Maybe how I motivate them. All of that is a little bit of the art of what we do. Trying also to look to the science of what are we supposed to be saying, or what sort of things should we stay away from, in terms of our explanations. Are we doing harm with how we’re explaining what we think might be wrong?
– Ken Olson
Welcome back everyone! This conversation is with Ken Olson. If you are at all active within the manual (physical) therapy community, or have attended a conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), you have likely heard of Ken. He has been heavily involved in all depths of the AAOMPT and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Ken is past president of the AAOMPT and is currently the president of IFOMPT. Ken also is co-owner of Northern Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Specialists and has multiple clinic sites in the Northern Illionois area. If you’d like to learn more about Ken and what he is up to, check out the links below.
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Tuning in to the patient and asking the right questions, then asking the right follow up questions. Some of those skills, I think, for the expert clinician, that’s where the development often times lies… is with that interaction with the patient.
– Ken Olson
Links of interest:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Northern Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Specialists
Manual Physical Therapy Of The Spine