This month’s physical therapist of the month is Aaron Parr, PT, DPT, and CSCS, from our Surprise physical therapy location. Every month we will be presenting one of our physical therapists, to showcase our exemplary staff.
Aaron joined the Foothills family in August of 2013. A graduate from St. Louis University, Aaron said that attaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree was a win-win because he loves the field and loves the social aspect of interacting with patients daily.
He is also in his residency at Foothills Rehab to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. “Each person I have been mentored by during my residency has helped shape my approach to patients and physical therapy for the better,” said Aaron.
Aaron also said he intends to research the nervous system with orthopedic injury in the future.
As a physical therapist, Aaron truly knows how to connect with his patients. He even shared his personal experience of how he first came in contact with physical therapy.
“When I was a high school senior, I tore my ACL,” said Aaron. After only six weeks of physical therapy, he said he was invited to play at a tournament. Even though his wise therapist said “no,” Aaron played the match anyways and ended up tearing his ACL again. From then on he listened to his physical therapist diligently.
Aaron said that he can definitely connect to athletes who are in rehab. “I know they want to be back as soon as possible,” he said.
However, Aaron emphasizes to patients that bodies need time to heal. Beyond healing athletes, Aaron said the most satisfaction he gets from his job in physical therapy comes from helping those in chronic pain.
“I meet people every day who have been told their pain is in their mind,” said Aaron. “We help them get back to a better place. We turn them around.”
Some patients have been in pain so long that it causes them to fall into a state of depression. Giving them hope and relieving their pain is something Aaron truly looks forward to. “To have a patient say that they’ve regained a piece of themselves is amazing,” Aaron said.
Aaron’s successes are documented— numerous discharge letters from patients, praising his empathy, therapeutic skills and the patient interaction. “The biggest thing is treating people like individuals and with compassion,” he said.