A Day in Dentistry and Physical Therapy
Today I got the chance to shadow Dr. Deb, the pediatric physical therapist on the medical team. We saw a handful of patients throughout the morning, but the most intriguing was a young girl with cerebral palsy. She was 14 years old and her capacity was limited. Dr. Deb was an amazing teacher and showed me the correct way to give her treatment. This treatment stretching her arms and legs according to her muscle’s needs. I was able to help with this therapy first hand by performing the stretches on her. We gave her a splint to take home, which she will wear a few hours each day to maintain her leg mobility. I learned about the importance of routine therapy and factors that contribute to quality of life when a person has this condition.