Maritza was playing soccer with a group of her friends on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. She was the goalie and Sarah kicked the ball in attempt to score. Maritza did stop the ball from going into the goal but at a cost. When she hit the ground, she heard her left arm snap and could not get up because of the pain. All of her friends ran over to her. Sarah immediately called Maritza's mom after figuring out was was wrong. Her mom immediately made an appointment at the local physician’s office for the next day because that is what people traditionally do when someone gets an injury. The next day when she went to the doctor, she first had an x-ray to see how much damage was done to her arm. The doctor said that the break was so severe that she would need surgery to repair it. Until the following Wednesday, her arm was put in a cast to stabilize it to prevent any further damage. After a few weeks of recovery, the doctor said that she would need to begin physical therapy so she could strengthen her arm and make the process of healing much faster. Neither Maritza or her mom knew why but they followed the doctor’s order and began physical therapy twice a week for 10 weeks so that she could play soccer by the end of the year.
The 2016-2017 Honors Mentorship Program capstone project has allowed me to discover many new things regarding my mentorship, which is physical therapy. I specifically targeted the topic of evaluating how the relationship between physicians and physical therapists is changing and has changed over the last couple of decades. By doing this research, I was able to get a much better idea of some basic background information about physical therapy. This includes the treatments for certain injuries and the wide variety of them. Then I searched for the traditional relationship between physical therapists and physicians. I found that we could still see the traditional way of caring for an injury in today's culture. However, I also found some changes have come about in the last couple of decades. As a result of my research, I am able to see how both practices depend on each other. Knowing this, and being I enjoy working at my mentorship, I want to do all I can do to help both practices while sticking to what my monetary conditions may be. This is one factor I found that has resulted in change between the relationship between physical therapists and physicians. Name: Megan Durkas My mentors: Brendon Blake and Melissa Hausworth Physical Therapists Location: Back in the Game Physical Therapy in Flowery Branch, Ga