The Culture of Physical Therapy
I went to a wedding in New Jersey last weekend. My parents and I flew the two hours from Milwaukee to Newark to attend the wedding and celebrate the occasion with my extended family. The ceremony was outdoors on a Friday night at a beautiful reception hall.
I have lived most of my life in Wisconsin (minus a few years in Minnesota) and have been to many weddings. I also had a summer job during college at a country club where I worked countless wedding receptions. In Wisconsin, like many other states, the schedule of events at a reception is fairly predictable. We eat a lot of food initially, combined with some beer, followed by dancing.
At the New Jersey wedding, the meal was intermingled with dancing between each course. After the appetizers were served the DJ would play a few songs, many of the guests would dance and then return to their seats for the salad. This happened again for the entrée, and again for the dessert. By the time the meal was completely finished, it was nearly 10:30 p.m. Wow! (In Wisconsin, we stay seated for the entire meal).
My cousins and I were seated together and kept discussing how different the reception was compared to others we had been to. One of my cousins mentioned how she had heard from a friend how different the culture of weddings was on the East Coast. We had a great time at the wedding and wouldn't have changed anything but we were also surprised at the experience.
So of course, I got to thinking... is physical therapy different in other geographical areas? Do treatment sessions incorporate the same components? Do we progress our patients at the same rate? Does evidence-based research unite our approaches to patient care?
Have you ever worked in different areas and noticed remarkable differences in the way therapists work?
I haven't had enough experience in various locations to know the answer to those questions. We are all aware of the minor variability between facilities and habits we acquire based on our specific patients' needs. I'm hoping you can give me, and the other readers, some feedback on the experiences you have had.