What we’ve learned
It’s hard to believe it has already been a year and a half since we officially started our Postural Restoration Integrative Multidisciplinary Engagement™ (PRIME) Program. We have seen a lot of very interesting people and I feel have helped a lot of people who were struggling with integrating multiple systems with a Postural Restoration® approach. The PRIME program was developed to assist patients with engaging with multiple disciplines at the same time to ensure maximal ability to attain and obtain the ability to inhibit old patterns of activity and start the process of relearning new patterns of activity. We also want to assist our colleagues across the country with their patients. We’ve had some successes, some challenges, and have learned an extraordinary amount from each patient we got the opportunity to work with.
In order to have successful outcomes (in whatever way you want to measure that) we have learned that you need a few important things. 1) An engaged patient willing to follow-through with recommendations and stick with the program. Things aren’t usually very straight forward. Sometimes things have to feel worse before they can feel better. 2) Actively engaged professionals willing to communicate with each other and with the patient with each have common goals and an understanding of each other’s roles and how to best integrate together. 3) The combined expertise to help manage complicated systems from multiple angles, and 4) In the vast majority of cases, a local PT or practitioner who can be our eyes and ears to provide valuable feedback before they come, after they are here and with any return visits necessary. In some cases patients do well with their own progression and communication with us but for most it has been invaluable to have a local PT that can help.
Having not always been an employee here at the Hruska Clinic, I remember the struggle knowing you have a patient who wants to get better, and you just don’t have the tools to get the job done. I wished on more than one occasion to have an option to offer to my patients, in order to help me help them. I don’t want PRIME to become the last resort some people have; unfortunately that may be the case for some. I want it to be a useful tool for good PTs and health care practitioners to use to help themselves help their patients access what they need to move forward. I often tell my patients that Postural Restoration® shouldn’t be that hard. We should be able to see and sense progress, whether objective or subjective, fairly quickly. If results aren’t lasting or progression can’t be made we need additional tools to take care of the problem. My hope over the next few blogs is to share a patient experience on a patient we’ve helped through our PRIME program, how our process works, how we integrate and assist referral sources with integration and progression, and ultimately how we can help your patients. This case is still a work in progress but it shows how things can and should work starting with an engaged Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) therapist that took a risk and made a referral to us to help her patient out, a truly engaged patient that wants to get better, and an engaged integrative team that worked together to figure out the best way to accomplish the goals.
If you have any questions on our PRIME program, how to engage with us please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.primengagement.com.