November 28, 2015

For Medical Providers

Referral Request Form

Thank you for considering referring a patient to Black Diamond PT. We value our relationships with referring providers and understand that you want what is best for your patients. Dealing with our clinic may be a unique experience for you. Here’s why:

We understand where you are coming from

Our physical therapists are current on the medical literature, not just the physical therapy literature. Time is spent in the operating room and alongside physicians in their own clinics. We have been invited to hold exclusive memberships in physician/surgical societies such as AOSSM, ISAKOS, and ISHA and attend their conferences regularly. We are trusted by sports medicine staff within collegiate and professional athletic organizations and are able to communicate clearly with physicians, patients, coaches, and parents.

Staying true to the science, not the fads

Black Diamond Physical Therapy is a teaching facility holding select affiliations with physical therapy schools nationwide. Our clinicians are involved in research and professional education, able to synthesize the most complex information into simple, honest application. We try to avoid the next great fad in rehabilitation and stay true to the core needs of the patient.

Our focus is on protecting injured structures to allow them time to heal while systematically increasing strength and tissue tolerance so the patient can return to their desired activities as quickly and safely as possible. For those with more persistent or chronic pain, we focus on graded exposure and encouraging self-efficacy to help address the psychosocial factors that may also be at play.

We love hard objective data. All of our postoperative cases go through a comprehensive testing regime before return to sport. This includes the most current functional tests and isokinetic dynamometry. It’s not just a judgement call, it’s an objective data call.

A focus on exercise

Our main goal for rehabilitation is to get the patient stronger. We quickly find movements that are safe and tolerable and then begin building the patient up. This does not mean underloaded “rehab exercises” but seeking true strength improvements. We know advanced principles of strength and conditioning – three of our therapists are also Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). Appropriate cases are evaluated on an isokinetic dynamometer demonstrating objective strength changes over time.

As one of the 5 concerns noted in the American Physical Therapy Association’s involvement in Choose Wisely, under-dosed exercise programs is a real problem in our profession. We take that seriously and make sure that strength gains are tracked for our patients in a safe and fun environment. Even for our older and/or disabled populations.

Communication

We openly communicate with all members of the patient’s medical team, making sure to speak the “medical language”. There will be no confusing PT-specific jargon heading your way. We speak in direct terms of range of motion, strength, power, function, etc. All patients fill out scientifically validated patient reported outcomes specific to their injury on a monthly basis which are included in every physician report.

This also means we attempt to optimize communication with our patients as well. We focus on the “4Es” of communication as outlined by the Institute for Healthcare Communication:

  • Engaging the person
  • Empathizing with their concerns
  • Educating, using clear, concise language and checking for understanding
  • Enlisting the patient as a partner and focus of the care

Appropriate utilization of benefits

We only use what we need. Some patients only come in for a one-time visit. We also offer a second opinion service. For those that require more, frequency will often fluctuate under our care. Some need a few quick visits to get them going and then only come in for the occasional check-in. Others may just need the occasional check-in and time to heal during the protective phase after surgery and then more visits later as they are more aggressively building strength or returning to sport. We also like to focus on teaching patients self-management skills that they can use at home instead of clinic-focused care, making them more independent faster.

All of this is dependent on the patient and their specific situation. Many are motivated and know their way around a gym already. Some are learning how to commit to a regular exercise program for the first time. Others simply have financial hardship – we are very willing to find a way to make accommodations for these patients as well.

Stop by for a visit

Please let us know if you would like a tour of our facility or would like to shadow a therapist for half a day. We are always happy to chat! Contact us for more info.