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Rachel Richers, DPT

Hello,

 

My name is Rachel Richers, DPT. Thank you for stopping by!

 

About me -

Professionally: I graduated with the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa with experience as a student in

  • burn unit care

  • in-patient orthopedics

  • cystic fibrosis treatment

  • out-patient orthopedics

  • pediatric physical therapy.

I have been practicing physical therapy for over 5 years in the out patient orthopedic setting, and I love what I do. My days are filled with patient care from 5 year-olds to 95 year-olds. My patients may be pre operative, post operative, or someone with acute (new) or chronic (been around a while) pain. Neck, back, hips, knees, feet, shoulders, hands and everything in between - I haven’t seen nearly everything in my short career, but I enjoy the variety that comes with generalized out patient therapy.

 

Areas of specialty include:

  • LSVT BIG certified - treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1 Certified

  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Specialist

My answer to the question “what is physical therapy” is working with patients as teacher, coach, cheerleader, and confidant to provide an environment where their body can heal itself through movement. I work to offer a safe space for patients to feel hear and cared for, while being challenged to work toward their optimal goals and highest functional returns. My purpose is not to length life in years, but rather to ensure every year holds as much quality of life possible.

 

Physical therapy is a team effort - I educate most people about anything associated with musculoskeletal injuries - bone, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, movement and the list goes on, but I can’t know anything about how to help my patient without my patients confiding in me. They provide the puzzle pieces, and it’s my job to organize them, and together, we can make a picture of healing.

 

About me:

Personally: I am, to put it simply, a perfectly imperfect person who cares deeply, thinks a little unconventionally, and is just trying to be better today than yesterday. I’ve been married almost 4 years with 2 babies whom I live and breathe for. I used to believe my life purpose was to be a physical therapist and help to heal others. Now I know that my life purpose is to be their Momma and his Wife.I love to cook, cross-stitch, and watch really bad TV. I love to work out, but am guilty of not taking enough time to do it. I’m a workaholic spending most nights documenting for patient care or creating a website to get all my physical therapy thoughts and opinions out.

 

Disclaimers:

I am a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing full time in an outpatient orthopedic setting for over 5 years. My thoughts, opinions, ideas, and viewpoints on subjects discussed on this website are mine, and mine alone. I will site sources when information is being directly referenced, otherwise, it will be my viewpoint of best practice in regards to patient centered care - I acknowledge that this viewpoint may not always coincide with my employer nor some areas of the medical community; therefore I recommend always reading everything online with caution. The information I write about, recommend, and demonstrate will be in accordance to what I believe to be true. I am a strong believer that, in physical therapy, if I can’t touch your tissues, I can’t be sure what is wrong. Therefore, the information I am providing is for education purposes only. I am not diagnosing conditions, prescribing activities, or directing treatment. Information provided is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advise. Use of this information, products, content is of your own volition. If you experience pain stop immediately. You assume all risks for any injury, loss and damage. I cannot be your physical therapist unless you are a patient in my clinic. Before starting, be sure to consult your healthcare provider to ensure participation is both safe and appropriate for you specifically. I (Rachel Richers, DPT) make no representation about suitability of this content for you personally. Seek medical attention for any and all ailments detrimental to your life, movement, independence, and quality of life.

 

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