The Art of Finding and Creating Patient Referrals for your Rehab Practice
We all know there are numerous animals out there that could benefit from our magical touch. Whether it is the widely under marketed geriatric patient, agility and working dogs, or the post op patients that never seem to make it to that Rehabilitation consult. We're always looking for ways to create new sources of referrals and just get the word out there about what we do. Many of us are blessed with working in specialty hospitals with on staff surgeons. Or we are the doctor and therapist in one, referring to ourselves. These scenarios are ideal, and allow for a pretty consist flow of patients. So what happens if we have neither of these sources bringing in patients? Well, you get creative and have to get out there and make potential referring practices understand what you have to offer.
Patient selection is key to utilizing a quad cart to act as part of a rehab treatment plan. Geriatric patients that may be diagnosed with Polyneuropathy, Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar Disk Disease, FCE, or just very weak in all four limbs due to age related changes in muscle strength, make good candidates for assistive intervention. A quad cart will keep the patient in a standing position, and promote an opportunity for the patient to walk with assistance. You may also use this in combination with proprioception training and gait patterning to improve recovery. It is definitely easier on a therapist to accomplish this without having to hold the patient up in a standing position at the same time. Especially when your patient is overweight and learning to walk again. A quad cart will allow more movement and encourage weight bearing earlier in patients with Tetraparesis.