Hands-on care makes all the difference
In his 36 years as a physical therapist, Darrel Knick has seen healthcare trends come and watched them go. All the while one truism remains: Nothing beats one-on-one therapy and hands-on care.
That is why Knick is so happy to have joined The Knee Institute and Regenerative Medicine in West Bloomfield. “What they have created is very, very special,” he said. “Everything is geared toward getting people away from surgery and off the drugs – which is what should have been done in the first place.”
The only Michigan facility accredited with the OsteoArthritis Centers of America, The Knee Institute helps people improve their quality of life by enhancing their ability to move. Cutting-edge regenerative medicine procedures like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma are virtually always paired with a physical therapy regimen – an approach Knick calls “back to the basics.”
“We address your problem fully, not just throw you on a piece of machinery,” he said. “So many of these trendy clinics are really just mills or gyms. A lot of them put a restriction on how much time you can spend with a patient. But that is the No. 1 thing that gets the person better – hands-on attention and the educational process so they do their homework.”
That “homework” often involves doing exercises at home, something some people resist in favor of an illusive quick fix. But the body just doesn’t work that way, Knick said.
“It takes time to fix a musculoskeletal problem, which is why it’s so important to teach patients what to do and why. Once they understand, they automatically take more responsibility to assume control and follow up at home. I love when that ‘aha’ moment occurs, when they realize that this makes sense. When you’re getting results from day one, who wouldn’t want to continue on?”
Everything in the body is connected and thus affects other areas, Knick said. “When someone’s right leg hurts, 80 to 90 percent of the time that is not where the problem started, unless there was an injury to that spot. Low back problems are typically because the pelvis is off. We find out where other areas are not doing what they should be.”
Therefore, he continued, “We work in the three dimensions – left to right, top to bottom, front to back – because when you move something, you will always move something else. Some clinics may tell you that they will only treat one joint at a time, but you can’t do effective therapy that way. It has to be a balancing act.”
The Knee Institute also takes the time to look at the big picture. “You have to address as many issues as you possibly can – what kind of food are they eating? Are they getting enough sleep? Are negative people in their life causing a lot of stress?” Knick said. “But that is not the popular view in modern medicine, because you’re not making money that way. We take a step-by-step gradient approach and always work with what the person can do – not what they can’t – and then bump it up little by little.”
For more information, call The Knee Institute at 248-430-5113 or visit thekneeinstitutes.com.
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