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MOTM # 166: When the PT Becomes the Patient with Dr. Lauryn Ginsburg

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Most of us get in to physical therapy because our love for movement runs deep. As a practitioner, it’s simple to tell a patient to stop doing the activities that are hurting them. But as a patient, when movement is everything to you, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep at it. To hell with whatever the “correct” path is.

That’s where Dr. Lauryn Ginsberg comes in. She’s been an athlete her whole life, and is no stranger to regular run-ins with her PT. Lauryn became a physical therapist to help other injured athletes, but as her own injuries worsened, she had had to reconcile her goals as a weight lifter and the part of her brain that knows in order to get better, she should stop the activity that means most to her.

Our patients want to keep doing the things that bring them meaning. We may think we know what the “right” treatment plan is, but we can’t forget what it’s like to be on the other side.

In This Episode You'll Hear:

  • Lauryn’s gymnastics career and run-ins with knee injuries
  • Getting into Olympic weight-lifting
  • The realities of orthopedic injuries
  • Wanting security and comfort as a patient
  • Conflict between the PT brain and the Athlete brain
  • Sacrificing what’s “right” to pursue passion
  • Psychological fallout
  • Taking it one day at a time as a provider
  • Creating opportunities as you build connections

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