The Power of Pain

Pain. The 7th vital sign. It’s our body’s way of warning us about danger and disease. When working with my patients, it’s a question I always ask: Do you have any pain right now? As clinicians, we utilize multiple pain scales to objectively rate this subjective symptom. It’s such an important question, I’ve even learnedContinue reading “The Power of Pain”

The Power of Gait

I evaluated a new patient over the weekend. She had a stroke, and her notes from acute care said she required maximum assistance of two people to get out of bed and into a wheelchair, and that she had limited use of her left side. I was pleasantly surprised that she appeared in person soContinue reading “The Power of Gait”

Here we spin again…

As I rolled over in bed early Friday morning, my old nemesis vertigo re-emerged. I was hoping the feeling was fleeting and that by the time I woke up to get ready for work, the sensation would resolve itself. Alas, my hope was extinguished when I tried to pop out of bed with my alarmContinue reading “Here we spin again…”

My take on COVID-19

The question has officially been asked of healthcare providers: do you want to be included in the first round of vaccinations? At one time, I thought this day would never come. I’m actually surprised that the therapy staff were included in the first go-round, but pleased. That being said, I will get the vaccine eventually,Continue reading “My take on COVID-19”