A Healthy Focus On Prevention And Proactive Care
By Rob Levey, Manchester Union Leader
For Cathy Leer, owner of Family Physical Therapy Services (FPTS) in Bedford, a Reader’s Choice Award in Best Physical Therapy is “deeply gratifying.”
“Our team at Family Physical Therapy is humbled by the response of so many of our patients, suppliers, and partners in health who believe in us,” she said. “They have showed us and New Hampshire that they are confident in our skills and commitment to help them achieve solutions to their health issues.”
In reflecting on the recognition, Leer said she cannot help but think on how it all started in 1991 with her as the practice’s only therapist and her mom serving as receptionist.
“One orthopedic doctor took a chance and referred a patient,” she said. “Eventually, other doctors did as well, as they recognized our shared belief in the importance of ‘care’ in healthcare coupled with achieving the best outcomes.”
Acknowledging tremendous changes in health insurance and healthcare delivery, Leer attributes FPTS’s continued success to its consistent devotion to their core values for family, staff, and patients.
“Through individualized and 1-on-1 care, we expect to provide the best treatment outcomes without sacrificing the care delivery to provide the best quality of life for staff, patients and their families,” she said.
This care, she said, is distinguished in their emphasis on the development of programs that focus on prevention and proactive care.
“Preventative care saves millions of healthcare dollars yearly, so it only makes sense with the rising costs of healthcare that we make these options available for our clients,” explained Leer. “With technology advancements and greater availability of information to the public, we are finding that our patients are interested in ways to not only reduce healthcare costs, but to live longer, more productive lives.”
She said preventative and proactive care differs from reactive care in that both aim “to keep the body in top working order to prevent injury” rather than providing a remedy following one. She said her team works to assess each individual body for imbalances and then prescribe exercises or lifestyle changes to avoid potential problems in the future.
“Surgery and more invasive and reactive care is more expensive,” she said. “The sooner we are able to implement proactive and preventative care and improve one’s overall performance, the greater the chance tp prevent abnormal wear and tear and injury in the future.”
Leer said one example of their approach is their Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Program, which assesses strengths and weaknesses in athletes of any age to determine how they can play to their strengths and work on their weaknesses. In their Injury Prevention and Athletic Performance Program for the Young Athlete, young athletes learn the proper way to train with an emphasis on tissue recovery and regeneration to prevent overuse and injuries from an early age.
“If we can develop good habits before bad habits take hold, then these young athletes have the potential to perform at higher levels of play and with fewer injuries to help them ‘stay in the game’ and prevent injury,” she said.
In looking to the future, Leer said she wants everyone to know FPTS is here for everyone.
“We will continue to provide the best quality support people of all ages require to keep going forward and ‘stay in the game’ of life,” she said.