If the human body is a machine, then a physical therapist is a mechanic. That’s the analogy that physical therapist and Redmond Clinic Supervisor Kaity Post uses to help illustrate the importance of PT to her patients.
“Injury and overuse changes how the machine (body) functions and you become less efficient,” explained Post. “A physical therapist is a specialist who can look at how your body is moving to optimize your ‘machine’s’ function.”
A PT’s role extends beyond assessing a patient’s physical function; therapists can also serve as patient advocates throughout the rehab process, said Post. “When patients find someone they know and trust who is willing to advocate for them (in their rehab), it makes a big difference.”
Post uses a mix of treatment approaches in her PT practice to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions. “I use manual therapy on patients to restore correct movement and function (to their bodies), and exercise to reinforce and maintain those positive changes,” she explained.
Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Post’s interest in physical therapy as a profession was piqued when at age 14 she developed Osgood-Schlatter disease — a condition that commonly occurs during adolescent growth spurts and causes knee pain.
Her knee pain subsided after undergoing physical therapy. From that point on, “I knew I wanted to be a PT,” said Post.
She realized her aspiration; upon completion of her bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Post obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida (Gainesville).
Post joined Rebound in November 2019, bringing her experience as a clinic manager and orthopedic PT with her. “We have a really good team that makes coming to work a joy,” noted Post of her Redmond clinic colleagues.
She also enjoys her role as a PT to help patients achieve their goals. “It’s gratifying to use your knowledge and skills (as a PT) to make meaningful change.”