Physical Therapy Documentation May Include Motivation by Furry Helpers

Physical Therapy Motivation Furry HelpersPediatric physical therapists evaluate and provide treatment for kids who have problems with motor skills associated with developmental delay, chronic illness, an injury or a birth defect. In the course of the treatment, they make physical therapy notes usually in the SOAP format that signifies Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan. Physical therapists often use the services of a professional medical transcription company to transcribe their dictations containing information regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and progress of the patient.

These physical therapy transcripts are important from the point of view of patient care, accurate medical claims submission and efficient administration of the hospital/healthcare organization/clinic.

Physical therapy helps to develop the strength and range of motion children require to move easily and efficiently. The goals of this therapy include assistance with developmental milestones such as sitting, standing, walking and crawling. Therapists evaluate the need for orthotics such as braces and splints and recommend adaptive equipment. Now, physical therapists may have to record a new and effective form of therapy that is proving successful. Children undergoing intensive therapy at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio as they recover from surgeries or serious accidents are now receiving extra motivation from furry helpers who are working side by side with physical therapists. Interestingly, some of these dogs have special needs themselves which seems to be inspiring the young patients all the more. The dogs used for therapy proved to be a huge comforting presence to the kids at the hospital.

The hospital’s Doggie Brigade program includes more than 70 canines who make bedside visits, and cheer up sick children with friendly cuddles, wagging tails and unconditional love. With these loving caregivers, kids relearn how to walk and balance. According to a physical therapist at the hospital, the dogs can assist immensely with patient motivation. How do these animals help the children?

  • They provide fun and relief from a mundane task the patient is asked to do
  • They provide emotional support and help calm down kids who are upset. They also rest by the side of the children providing comfort during treatment sessions.
Julie Clements

About Julie Clements

Joined the MOS team in March of 2008. Julie Clements has background in the healthcare staffing arena; as well as 6 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at a 4 star resort. Julie was instrumental in the creation of the medical record review division (and new web site); and has especially grown this division along with data conversion of all kinds.