In a Student’s Words…David
My outpatient geriatric patients are a great part of my clinical education! While most of them are coming in for orthopedic concerns, they often require me to think about comorbidities that affect their treatment plan. Conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and heart conditions affect my patients’ ability to perform therapeutic exercise, so I often need to think on my feet for ways to adapt treatment plans for their individual needs and daily status challenges. This not only gives me a bigger toolbox of ideas to draw from as I grow professionally, it also keeps me current with research supporting geriatric interventions. I learn quite a bit from my older patients, and they are helping me grow into a better future therapist.