Let’s Fight Childhood Cancer Together!!!!

We created Missing Link Physical Therapy as a place where dreams can be realized; it is ‘our’ utopia! One of our main goals is to give back to the community and to those in need. This year we have chosen to be affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

In October 2014 I had the pleasure of visiting Children’s National and was given the Grand Tour by Doctor Anne Angilillo (Director of Leukemia and Lymphoma Program Division of Oncology Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders) and Martha McCollum (Director of Development at the Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders). The visit was quite profound as I have not had a loved one affected by this deadly disease. This visit made me realize that childhood cancer is a burden not only on the patient, but on the family as a whole. Often we live in this bubble and we don’t recognize the hardships that many people experience.  On the outside of the bubble we don’t see the financial costs of treating cancer and the emotional stress it poses to the parents, siblings and extended family. As a father of two children I cannot imagine being faced with such a situation; consequently, we don’t want to wait until a loved one is affected by this deadly disease to play a part in finding a cure and in improving the quality of life of children suffering from cancer.

At Children’s National you see where the money is spent. The facility is patient and family centered. Clinically we see significant changes in survival rates; for example, children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (most prevalent cancer treated at Children’s National) has a 95% survival rate today as compared to years ago where there was a fatal diagnosis. We must look beyond the children’s survival because they also need support for medical expenses as 75% of the children suffer long term conditions due to treatments. This progress can only continue with ongoing funding.

We at Missing Link Physical Therapy want to ensure that the progress made in research is ongoing. Please assist us in raising funds for Cancer and Blood Disorders!! We have set a goal to raise 15,000.00 by February 15th, 2015 and sincerely appreciate any donation you are able to offer, please remember that any amount helps. Let’s continue the fight against Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Thank you for your consideration and for being part of this worthwhile cause. Please use the following link to make your contribution today!

http://www.gofundme.com/MLPTforCCA

 

Overcoming the Challenge of Today’s Healthcare System

As a young Physical Therapist growing in experience and knowledge I question our effectiveness in the healthcare setting. I don’t mean to generalize everyone, but I think we have lost the love for people. We have lost the sympathy and empathy on which healthcare was built on. Because of financial restraints we have cut the time spent with patients. Along with the time lost we have lost the ability to perform personalized care. I am not an exception and have been guilty of this; and with the loss of personalized treatment I believe that outcomes are not optimized. Being a healthcare professional does not only mean giving the right drug or correct treatment. By building an intimate relationship with your patient, a relationship of trust can actually enhance the affect of the drug or treatment provided. Yes, there is no research to show this, but through my clinical experience I have seen first hand that a combination of the right treatment and good relationship have positive outcomes. Conversely, the right treatment with flawed patient interaction showed poor clinical outcomes.

I don’t believe that we are going to heal everyone, but I do believe that we can optimize the quality of life and function of individuals with more TIME. I believe that with more individual time we can change peoples lives and we can ‘LOVE’ them more. We can be better at achieving the functional goals of the patient instead of priortitizing our own clinical goals with the time we have. I believe that with more time there will be less money spent overall and better utilization of our patients’ healthcare dollars.

In my young Physical Therapy practice there is a common trend of people coming to therapy only once a week. This is because with a one hour treatment focused on individualized care we are able to achieve the goals of the patient in a timely manner. People are, over time, paying less and also spending less time away from their overall ‘dysfuntion’. Individuals are optimizing their function and becoming an active part of society.

Our chronic population needs more individualized time as we are not only dealing with the physical affects of pain, but also the psychosocial aspects. We need to continue to challenge insurance companies on reimbursement for our respective skill sets. We are worth more!! We need to get back to patient centered healthcare where outcomes, quality of life and function are our primary goal. This is my utopia because I see it is possible with what I do on a daily basis. Patients and clients will testify to my ‘crazy talk!!’ The missing link to healthcare is not necessarily the next super drug, surgical technique or diet but rather the intangibles that cost us nothing. It is the eye contact, smile, attention, hug, holding of a hand… the list goes on! I challenge all those who are in healthcare to try this and see what your outcomes are. See the reaction that is driven from it.

Let’s love each other and the healing will follow.

Welcome to the Missing Link!!!

What is Missing Link Physical Therapy (MLPT)?? (MLPT) is a fee for service Physical Therapy Clinic focused on improving the function of patients in a timely fashion. We provide Physical Therapy services on a one on one basis in a private treatment room setting. The time you spend at MLPT is all yours. We also provide massage and personal training services (with specialty in restoring movement and decreasing injury for those in the performing arts).

This is the place where ‘Mind, Body and Soul Connect,’ MLPT focuses not only on the individuals mechanical deficits but we also focus of the emotional and psychosocial reasons for an individuals pain as this can contribute to chronic pain. So how do we accomplish the ‘Mind’ and ‘Soul’ aspects of care? Well first we love on you!!! This is important because by caring and providing a loving environment we are able to calm that nervous system down thereby decreasing pain and also the anxiety driven by pain. We also collaborate with other health care professionals when we feel their services will be complimentary to ours such as Clinical Social Worker’s, Personal Trainers, Orthopedic surgeons and the list goes on.

We have created this blog to inform the community about their health care options and to let individuals understand that they don’t have to live in pain. During the course of a series of  blogs we will address common acute/chronic injuries we see and have been successful in treating. We will also share our philosophical views on healthcare and ways we can improve outcomes and not over utilize resources.

We hope you continue to follow us on the path of healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. COME JOIN US AND HEAL WITH US!!

www.missinglinkpt.com