AZ Sports Medicine: Balancing Innovative Treatments with Personalized Care

Mar 6, 2015

Delicia Johnson

by Delicia Johnson
PTA, CKTP | Arrowhead Location

Delicia Johnson, PTA, from our Arrowhead clinic is here to give her personal words on how Foothills is teaching her to be cutting-edge AZ sports medicine expert:
Foothills Rehab is a leader in physical therapy, sports medicine and training physical therapists. As a physical therapy assistant currently practicing and learning at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, I can say I’m learning far beyond the industry “standard”.
When asked, “How do you continue to formulate new ideas to treat your patients?” The answer is simple. By continuing my education, keeping up with current research and learning from my peers, I am constantly growing as a physical therapy professional. My goal is to not only help patients feel better and improve their quality of life as quickly as possible, but to give personalized care.
Most recently, I completed two kinesio taping courses. Kinesio taping is also known as elastic therapeutic tape. It is a newer practice of taping around tendons and muscles to help avoid further athletic injury. Additionally, I have taken various manual technique and 3D Body Reaction courses to improve my knowledge of the body and how it responds to different stimuli.
All of us at Foothills are constantly striving to further our educations. We never stop learning and improving ourselves as professionals. We have clinicians at Foothills who are certified and knowledgeable in a wide variety of techniques. I am able to learn everything from Trigger Point Dry Needling, to ASTYM (soft tissue therapy), vertigo treatments and creative exercise techniques.
The staff at Foothills Rehab strives to learn more and become better at what we do, setting us apart from other clinics. We are taught that people are the heart of what we do. I am a firm believer in treating the person, not just an injury.
Patients come to me from a variety of backgrounds and different stages in life. Rarely do their goals for recovery match what some clinics would call “standard treatment”. At Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, we are committed to making sure each patient gets the personalized treatment and attention they deserve. I go out of my way to learn about my patient’s individual goals, note their concerns, form a relationship and give my patients confidence in their ability to get well.
Recently, I had a patient tell me, “Thank you for treating me like a person and not just a copay”. I was sad hearing this because I realized that Foothills is often the exception, not the rule when it comes to superior treatment. The patient had transferred from another clinic that hadn’t cared for them as a person.
I chose physical therapy as a career because I take great pride in improving every patient’s quality of life and I am honored to get the chance to be a partner in their recovery. My deep level of concern and extra effort for my patients are always reinforced by the Foothills Rehab standards of care—it’s why I chose to work here.
Our physical therapy experts at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, like Delicia, know how to help you recover from an injury. If you have questions about an injury or are interested in kinesio taping, make an appointment today for your physical therapy consultation! To learn more about AZ sports medicine and what our certified professionals can do for you, check out the Foothills blog!

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