Small environment with motivated patients.
Pros: decreased volume of patients, motivated patients
Cons: only 1 pt and 1 pta; therefore, decreased observance of various physical therapy techniques
As a student physical therapist, I was able to assist my CI and gain knowledge of a physical therapy initial examination in an orthopedic outpatient facility. I was able to enhance my manual skills from beginner level to an intermediate level, and work on many of my note taking skills. Secondary to being my first clinical experience with actual patient care, it was difficult getting over the nerves of treating patients as a beginner student physical therapist, but I was able to gain much more knowledge of the human body and of human interaction on this rotation. I was able to apply newly acquired skills of goniometry and manual muscle testing. Novacare was a wonderful place to begin my physical therapy journey.