Kaitlyn Surasky – Independent Project

Kaitlyn Surasky – Independent Project

Class of 2017

Introduction to Topic

For my independent project, I interned at ATI Physical Therapy in Bel Air. I decided to shadow here because my aunt is a physical therapist and she always tells me stories about some of her patient’s’ recovery process. Hearing other people’s stories and how well they recovered is awesome. Patients come so far along and being a physical therapist you get to be a part of that recovery process with them. Physical Therapists get to be with them every step of the way. According to google.com

“Physical Therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery” (What is Physical Therapy).

Helping people is one of my favorite things to do and with the knowledge I will have, once I have obtained a degree, I know that this is the best job for me.

Project Description

I decided to intern at ATI Physical Therapy in Bel Air. The physical therapists I shadowed was Mr. Jim, Mrs. Lori, and all the physical therapy assistant’s workers as well. While I was there I would observe all the patients and go with one of the therapists and watch how they connect with the patients and what exercises they tell them what to do depending on their injury. Since I had to come up with an innovation to try and help the place work better, I mostly looked at areas that could be improved. The area that I saw that needed to be improved the most is people not doing their exercising correctly because the physical therapists have a lot of other patients. They would show them how to do the exercise once or twice and then walk away. That is why I decided to make an app with videos to show the correct form they need to be doing while they exercise.

Experience Description

I loved shadowing at ATI Physical Therapy. All the people there were very nice and were willing to help me out with my project. Whenever I would ask to come with a physical therapist or PT assistant they would always allow me to. They would let me talk to the patients one on one and get to hear all of their experience of how they injured themselves and the exercises they are doing to help better themselves. One of the most interesting stories I was told was when I met a new patient and a few months previously she had a total knee replacement on one knee and the other knee had arthritis so bad they decided to perform a surgery called lipogem. Lipogem is where you take fatty tissue from stomach and replace it within the knee. She explained that she felt a lot of pain. The PT taught me a couple methods in detecting what exercises need to be done to help the patient get well. I learned a lot about the computer program that they use to tell when people are coming in and it also tells you if they are an athlete or not. Then once the physical therapists clicked on their name what their injury was the exercise plan for them would come up. Since I was not a real physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant, I could not really do anything because I was not certified. The only thing I did was fold a lot of towels and if patients needed a certain object I would go get that for them. I could also help them set up for an exercise. For example, I would set up the bands for the specific height it needed to be for that specific exercise. I also learned a lot about the STIM machines and where they go on depending on what injury the patient had. It was interesting to learn how they tape a patient and why it is done in a particular  way.` Another cool story I liked was when one of the patients had the same disease as me, the disease is called Osgood- schlatter disease (OSD) which is where there is an inflammation of the patellar ligament at the tibial tuberosity. Patients also had other problems wrong with their knee, but this stuck out to me because it is something that I have at a very serious level. Any Osgood disease could not be helped by Physical Therapy because it is kind of just a growing thing and you can not really fix the problem, but that is not really the reason they are here. Patients are hoping that once they fix the other problems the pain that they have associated with their knees will go down. It was a valuable experience to see a patient that had some of the same problems you have had. It was awesome to hear all the different ways people got hurt, but what was even better was seeing people heal in a timely manner.

Innovation Description

The results of my shadowing experience as described in the last paragraph is an innovation. I wanted to come up with a new way for patients to exercise and make sure they are doing it correctly. I decided to do this idea because I shadowed at ATI for over eighty hours and most of the time it ran smoothly. But there was a consistent pattern that I kept noticing. The problem was that a patient would be called back and right away they knew what exercise they should start off on, because they have been here so many times. Therefore, the physical therapist just left them alone and went off to do something else or help another patient. This was a problem because the patient would act like he knew what he was doing, but in reality, they just kind of assumed and went along with it. Another scenario is when the physical therapist office is super busy and a physical therapist assistant shows the patient what exercise to perform next. The PT assistant will only show them how to do it once or twice and then they will leave because they have to go help another patient. The patient will say he understand how to correctly perform the exercise, yet when he goes to do the exercise, it is different than how the physical therapist assistant performed the exercise. This means the patients are not getting the full benefit from that exercise and it could potentially take them a longer time to heel. Therefore, I have decided to create an app. The app that I have created is great for both the Physical Therapy office and at home. This app will help those patients who lose their paper of exercises that they are supposed to complete. When this happens, the patients either just do not do them because they forget what they are or complete them incorrectly. Even if they can remember most likely they are not going to perform it correctly with just their memory, or even just a piece of paper with pictures on it. What my app includes is a username and a password for the patient to sign in. Once the patient is signed in, he will need to put in the code he was given. Everybody’s code is different from another person to ensure that no one else can log into the same account. Once the patient is logged in a screen will come up with four injuries.  Mr. Jim, a physical therapist said “the four most common injuries that we tend to see in here the most are the lower back, knee, ankle, and shoulder” (Elliott).  So, whichever injury requires the patient to have PT for, he would choose that injury. The next screen that would pop up is a list of 8 exercises that I received from my mentor, “The most 8 common exercises for those injuries are” (Elliott). I listed the exercises under each injury. These exercises would be personalized for the patient and his injury because one of the physical therapists would run this app so they could modify the workout whenever an exercise was changed. So, the patient would click on the exercise and a video would pop up with reminders of how to perform the exercise correctly. This screen will also tell the patient the number of sets and reps the physical therapists wants he perform. You may also click on the white part of the phone and it will change and go to a full screen, just like a regular video does. The videos that the patient will see when exercising at home or at the physical therapy place will be me performing the videos. This is how I am justifying my ten hours that I had to spent on my innovation, I also made an app that I spent a lot of time on to make sure it looked just like a real one and is user friendly for the patient. This aspect is to ensure the patient will perform the exercises correctly.

Project Topic

Introduction to Topic

For my independent project, I interned at ATI Physical Therapy in Bel Air. I decided to shadow here because my aunt is a physical therapist and she always tells me stories about some of her patient’s’ recovery process. Hearing other people’s stories and how well they recovered is awesome. Patients come so far along and being a physical therapist you get to be a part of that recovery process with them. Physical Therapists get to be with them every step of the way. According to google.com

“Physical Therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery” (What is Physical Therapy).

Helping people is one of my favorite things to do and with the knowledge I will have, once I have obtained a degree, I know that this is the best job for me.

Project Overview

Project Description

I decided to intern at ATI Physical Therapy in Bel Air. The physical therapists I shadowed was Mr. Jim, Mrs. Lori, and all the physical therapy assistant’s workers as well. While I was there I would observe all the patients and go with one of the therapists and watch how they connect with the patients and what exercises they tell them what to do depending on their injury. Since I had to come up with an innovation to try and help the place work better, I mostly looked at areas that could be improved. The area that I saw that needed to be improved the most is people not doing their exercising correctly because the physical therapists have a lot of other patients. They would show them how to do the exercise once or twice and then walk away. That is why I decided to make an app with videos to show the correct form they need to be doing while they exercise.

Experience

Experience Description

I loved shadowing at ATI Physical Therapy. All the people there were very nice and were willing to help me out with my project. Whenever I would ask to come with a physical therapist or PT assistant they would always allow me to. They would let me talk to the patients one on one and get to hear all of their experience of how they injured themselves and the exercises they are doing to help better themselves. One of the most interesting stories I was told was when I met a new patient and a few months previously she had a total knee replacement on one knee and the other knee had arthritis so bad they decided to perform a surgery called lipogem. Lipogem is where you take fatty tissue from stomach and replace it within the knee. She explained that she felt a lot of pain. The PT taught me a couple methods in detecting what exercises need to be done to help the patient get well. I learned a lot about the computer program that they use to tell when people are coming in and it also tells you if they are an athlete or not. Then once the physical therapists clicked on their name what their injury was the exercise plan for them would come up. Since I was not a real physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant, I could not really do anything because I was not certified. The only thing I did was fold a lot of towels and if patients needed a certain object I would go get that for them. I could also help them set up for an exercise. For example, I would set up the bands for the specific height it needed to be for that specific exercise. I also learned a lot about the STIM machines and where they go on depending on what injury the patient had. It was interesting to learn how they tape a patient and why it is done in a particular  way.` Another cool story I liked was when one of the patients had the same disease as me, the disease is called Osgood- schlatter disease (OSD) which is where there is an inflammation of the patellar ligament at the tibial tuberosity. Patients also had other problems wrong with their knee, but this stuck out to me because it is something that I have at a very serious level. Any Osgood disease could not be helped by Physical Therapy because it is kind of just a growing thing and you can not really fix the problem, but that is not really the reason they are here. Patients are hoping that once they fix the other problems the pain that they have associated with their knees will go down. It was a valuable experience to see a patient that had some of the same problems you have had. It was awesome to hear all the different ways people got hurt, but what was even better was seeing people heal in a timely manner.

Innovation

Innovation Description

The results of my shadowing experience as described in the last paragraph is an innovation. I wanted to come up with a new way for patients to exercise and make sure they are doing it correctly. I decided to do this idea because I shadowed at ATI for over eighty hours and most of the time it ran smoothly. But there was a consistent pattern that I kept noticing. The problem was that a patient would be called back and right away they knew what exercise they should start off on, because they have been here so many times. Therefore, the physical therapist just left them alone and went off to do something else or help another patient. This was a problem because the patient would act like he knew what he was doing, but in reality, they just kind of assumed and went along with it. Another scenario is when the physical therapist office is super busy and a physical therapist assistant shows the patient what exercise to perform next. The PT assistant will only show them how to do it once or twice and then they will leave because they have to go help another patient. The patient will say he understand how to correctly perform the exercise, yet when he goes to do the exercise, it is different than how the physical therapist assistant performed the exercise. This means the patients are not getting the full benefit from that exercise and it could potentially take them a longer time to heel. Therefore, I have decided to create an app. The app that I have created is great for both the Physical Therapy office and at home. This app will help those patients who lose their paper of exercises that they are supposed to complete. When this happens, the patients either just do not do them because they forget what they are or complete them incorrectly. Even if they can remember most likely they are not going to perform it correctly with just their memory, or even just a piece of paper with pictures on it. What my app includes is a username and a password for the patient to sign in. Once the patient is signed in, he will need to put in the code he was given. Everybody’s code is different from another person to ensure that no one else can log into the same account. Once the patient is logged in a screen will come up with four injuries.  Mr. Jim, a physical therapist said “the four most common injuries that we tend to see in here the most are the lower back, knee, ankle, and shoulder” (Elliott).  So, whichever injury requires the patient to have PT for, he would choose that injury. The next screen that would pop up is a list of 8 exercises that I received from my mentor, “The most 8 common exercises for those injuries are” (Elliott). I listed the exercises under each injury. These exercises would be personalized for the patient and his injury because one of the physical therapists would run this app so they could modify the workout whenever an exercise was changed. So, the patient would click on the exercise and a video would pop up with reminders of how to perform the exercise correctly. This screen will also tell the patient the number of sets and reps the physical therapists wants he perform. You may also click on the white part of the phone and it will change and go to a full screen, just like a regular video does. The videos that the patient will see when exercising at home or at the physical therapy place will be me performing the videos. This is how I am justifying my ten hours that I had to spent on my innovation, I also made an app that I spent a lot of time on to make sure it looked just like a real one and is user friendly for the patient. This aspect is to ensure the patient will perform the exercises correctly.

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