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Physical therapy is a proven method for helping people of all ages who have injuries or medical conditions that limit their daily function or mobility. Having a comprehensive personalized physical therapy treatment program can help people resume their daily activities, prevent future injuries, and get people back to doing what they love.

Different from traditional physical therapy, VIP PT provides personalized and comprehensive luxury care to their patients. A comprehensive plan that focuses on the whole body, not just the area of injury or pain, ensures the whole body is getting stronger and recovering from any possible contributing factors that cause added pain. This type of physical therapy can be easily combined with other healthcare regimens, meaning your overall health will be improved.

This model creates a strong relationship between therapist and patient and provides more opportunities for open lines of communication. Working with the same patient gives therapists the ability to more accurately track the patient’s success and milestones. Treatments can be more personalized and tailored to the patient’s exact needs.

5 Benefits of Personalized Physical Therapy

  1. Understands the Problem

Having one-on-one sessions with a trained physical therapist gives the therapist time to really understand your needs as a patient. From a diagnosis standpoint, this helps therapists get to the root cause of the problem and your pain. When a deeper understanding is possible, a more comprehensive plan for care can be created to provide positive outcomes. 

2. Accurately Tracks Progress

Because our therapists are focusing solely on one patient during your session time, it is much easier to track your progress with detail. VIP PT’s personalized programs mean the same therapist works with the same patients throughout their entire treatment plan. This is very important if you are an athlete or very active and working toward specific goals to resume your desired lifestyle. Having a baseline from where you started to see how your progress is improving can get you back to doing what you love, faster. This model creates a strong relationship between therapist and patient and provides more opportunities for open lines of communication.

3. Opens Lines of Communication

The more a patient and therapist can be open and honest with each other, the more successful treatment will be.  It can be unnerving when you don’t know what to expect during therapy sessions or what symptoms change throughout the course of your treatment. Being honest about how you feel during exercises or between sessions helps our therapists tailor your treatment to suit you best. 

4. Tailoring Treatment Plans

The goal of each session is to improve function and mobility. Having a purpose for each session can help maximize the time you and your therapist have together. We understand that your time is precious, which is why our treatment plans are specifically tailored to your needs. This means we won’t have you do any unnecessary “warm-ups” but only things that improve bodily function or mobility. When working with a personalized therapist, they are able to correct your posture, form, and help facilitate better and more accurate movement, rather than having you do exercises alone while they treat other patients. 

5. Preventing Future Injuries

We frequently see patients who are being cut off from insurance despite their treatment plan not being complete. Insurance companies care about “functionality” which often means patients leave their treatment program when only 80% finished their rehab program. However, this means patients are more likely to have a repeat injury or other injuries. Resuming daily activities or hobbies without being fully rehabilitated increases the risk for further damage and pain. The VIP PT model of personalized care and treatment educates you and focuses on getting you back to 100% in a shorter amount of time. 

Not all patients should be treated equally. Our bodies move and change, and your physical therapy should reflect that. Contact VIP PT today to learn more about our personalized physical therapy programs or fill out the form below. 

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When you think about a person going into intensive care, you probably picture someone who’s very ill and likely fighting for their life. They may be on a ventilator or other equipment that’s keeping them alive. When you’re in that situation, surviving would be a win. But what happens after these people survive? Do they recover and go back to life as it was? What’s the road to recovery look like?

Fortunately, medical advances have led to higher survival rates for people who end up in intensive care units – it’s now between 71% and 90%, which is great. But, survival is not the end goal, and getting out of the ICU is not the end of the battle. Many patients show significant losses of physical, mental and cognitive abilities after discharge. It makes sense – if you don’t use it, you lose it! This cluster of problems is called Post-Intensive Care Syndrome or PICS.

PICS is now recognized as a public health burden. Interventions against PICS need to start in the ICU. Then they need to continue after discharge.

Physical declines often include significant losses of strength, endurance, and mobility. These can lead to serious difficulty completing basic daily tasks like getting to the bathroom, preparing a meal, or walking to the mailbox. This may keep some people from returning home. For others, it means they need a caregiver to safely return to their previous setting. 50% of ICU survivors have limitations in daily activities 1 year later, so this is a serious and long-lasting problem.

Mental health is also a very real concern for ICU survivors. They show significant rates of depression – the mean is 28%. 24% of survivors have anxiety and 21% report PTSD. Again, these conditions have a real impact on the quality of life after leaving the ICU.

Last, declines in cognitive abilities are very common in ICU survivors. 77% have cognitive impairments at 3 months post-discharge and 71% have impairments 1 year out. Cognitive issues after discharge can include poor memory, slower thinking, problems making decisions, or difficulty concentrating.

Physical therapists play a significant role in the fight against PICS. PT typically begins while the patient is in ICU, focusing on getting the patient up and walking early. Patients begin a progressive exercise program as soon as it’s safe for them. We expect a rise in PICS due to the number of people who COVID-19 has put into critical care and/or on a ventilator.

While we can’t prevent every problem that critical illness causes, recognizing the losses that remain after discharge from the ICU is an important step. Physical therapists play an important role in combating the effects of PICS and helping people return to higher-quality lives.

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