This week in clinical was not very exciting, with winter sports over both the high schools had very little going on. However, I was placed at the physical therapy clinic this week, Mountain States Rehab. I was able to go Wednesday and Thursday. I was able to experience a bunch of shoulder rehabs and chronic back pain evaluations. I met a lot of really nice and energetic people. On Wednesday, I met and a woman who was in rehab to attempted to regain strength and function of her hands. She was not only in physical therapy but also occupational therapy, which is what I would like to go into. However, this woman was not a fan of occupational therapy, mostly the therapist herself. The woman claimed that they did the same thing every day she came, putting pegs in holes on a board. Once I finish my undergrad in athletic training I would like to go on to be a pediatric occupational therapist.
The older gentleman was one I was looking forward to meeting, however he fell and was unable to make it to therapy that day, so I didn’t get to hear all the fun stories that everyone has talked about. The most exciting day was defiantly Thursday because I was able to watch something most students don’t. Pre- job health screens, where the applicant is tested on job related scenario, for example a man was being testing for a paramedic position had to be able to carry a body and put it on a table the height of an ambulance and be able to push and pull the body across the table. They were also tested for their health to ensure that they were able to physically do the job. I was able to see two men go through, one was applying for a paramedic position and the other was applying for a pipeline position. The job specific scenarios change with the different jobs, so both of those guys tests were the same in ways but totally different. Towards the end of the day I also met a man that reminded me so much of my grandfather, a man that never stops going and doesn’t let injuries get in the way. This man has had a knee replacement, hip replacement, and just had his ankle realigned. When he was in high school he sprained his ankle and never allowed it to fully recover, so as he has aged he has walked more and more on the lateral side of his ankle, almost to where he was walking on his lateral malleolus. He had his surgery in December and only has two weeks left in his boot. Once he took his boot off we could see his knee was internally rotated and his foot was internally rotated which caused he to walk on the outer part of his foot only. He was trying his best to walk straight and was making process.
I was not able to get any more attempts this week but hope to get back on track this week.