Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

John J. Stachura, PT DPT MBA Cert. MDT FAAOMPT

Abstract

In physical therapy practice, multiple diagnostic classifications exist that assist the clinical decision-making process regarding treatment. One classification system that may be applied to any injury is identification of the stages of healing. This system is categorized into 3 sequential phases: inflammatory, proliferation, and remodeling stages of healing. The human body undergoes a natural healing process inclusive of all 3 phases, and physical therapists rely on the characteristics of each phase to structure treatment plans and progressions. However, how a physical therapist identifies what stage of healing a patient is in may vary based on the therapist and the characteristics that the therapist focuses on. This project is a review of the literature with respect to the differences amongst physical therapist’s clinical decision making abilities.

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