While keeping track of his patients' progress in physical therapy, Dr. Ralph Pici encourages them to set personal goals.
If arthritis in a patients knee is preventing her from walking more than 100 feet, her goal after undergoing physical therapy might be to walk 500 feet, said Pici, medical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville.
I design a personalized outpatient physical therapy program for them with specific goals in mind: reduce pain, increase mobility, and restore function.
Prescribed exercises will vary, depending on the degree of pain and the patient's condition.
Pici said he not only prides himself on his ability to improve physical capacities in his patients, but also educates them with regard to their specific diagnosis. He said patients often leave his office with a better understanding of their bodies and a tight grasp on which activities they can handle and which ones to avoid.
"They learn about proper body mechanics while under my care, preparing them to effectively perform their individualized home exercise program."
If a patient requires additional services beyond physical therapy, Pici can recommend pain management, acupuncture or even surgery.
With the great strides made in joint replacement operations over the 25 years he has worked at Lawrence Hospital Center , Pici is particularly impressed with the increase of total hip replacements performed, especially the minimally invasive anterior approach. As a result, he has noticed a dramatic decline in recovery time and less reliance on post-operative care.
The anterior approach to hip replacements means there are less precautions afterward, said the West Harrison resident.
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