Elevate rehabilitationPhysiotherapist, Ryan Flatt has been practicing in Lander for over 8 years. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Recently he spoke to County 10 and told us a bit about himself.
Meet Ryan Flatt PT, DPT, OCS:
What made you want to become a physiotherapist?
I spent much of my childhood playing sports like soccer, wrestling, and track and field. Turns out I was pretty injury prone and ended up spending a lot of time rehabilitating with our local therapist in my hometown. He was great and definitely influenced me in my decision to go into the PT field.
What do you like about what you do?
I like allowing my patients to resume the activities they enjoy doing. Unless you’ve suffered a serious enough injury, you don’t know how much it can affect your life and day-to-day activities.
What is your job exactly ?
Working with a patient may include assessments of movement, mobility, strength, and pain patterns. Then be able to take that information to develop a unique plan for that patient to recover through exercise, modalities, and hands-on manual therapy.
How did you start as a physiotherapist?
I did my first clinical rotation in Fremont County during my graduate studies. I fell in love with the Winds and Lander and always thought I could come back to start my career here. I moved to Lander two weeks after graduation and have been here for over 8 years now.
What field do you specialize in?
I am a certified clinical specialist in orthopedics. I am also certified in dry needling and I am LSVT BIG certified for the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease.
What is the hardest part about what you do?
I think there is still a big gap in the knowledge of what we do as physiotherapists and what the general population thinks we do as a treatment option. The profession has grown considerably over the past two to three decades and there are many ways to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
What is the most rewarding?
It is gratifying to be able to first see a patient who is in great pain and is severely limited in what they can do during the day, and then to see them progress on their plan of care. Watching them regain their functional abilities and return to normal life confirms why we as therapists enter this realm.
What is the common misconception people have about what you do?
We don’t just subject you to exercises. Treatment sessions include many other resources to relieve pain and improve mobility and are developed uniquely for each patient.
What are the most common things patients come for?
Spine injuries are probably the most common diagnosis seen in the clinic. 80% of the population will have back pain at some point in their life and it is a huge burden on our health care system.
What would you like to be able to say to each patient (and they actually would) and why?
Drink more water and sleep more! These are two of the simplest things you can do for your health, but they also have some of the most dramatic effects when it comes to improving your health.
List the services you provide.
I focus on manual therapy to complement exercise in the treatment of my patients. Soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations, myofascial release, and trigger point release are some common techniques that I use. I also use dry needling and suction cup treatments. Besides the practical treatments, I offer the manufacture of custom orthotics, LSVT BIG treatment for Parkinson’s disease and postoperative treatment of orthopedic surgery.
What brought you to Elevate Rehab?
I was thrilled to be part of a team that not only works together to provide the best treatment for our patients, but also to ensure that we also get what we want from our careers and lives outside of work. . The well-rounded approach provides a much better experience for everyone. I was also drawn to the idea of having individual treatment sessions with each patient to allow me to give each patient the best care that I know I am able to provide.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever given to a patient?
Try to treat your wounds early before they become a long-term problem that takes longer to heal.
What simple exercises do you tell each patient to do every day to stay healthy?
Any exercise that involves better posture. Every aspect of our body can be traced back to the spine and our daily posture and the better you hold it, the better you’ll feel overall.
Context, leisure, family …
I grew up in northeastern Montana, in a small town further out than Fremont County. I live in Lander with my wife, 2 year old son and our two dogs. When I’m not working, we usually try to hike, camp, hunt or fish.
Elevate Rehab’s dedicated team of highly qualified and specialized therapists will help you on your journey to better health and mobility. To make an appointment with Ryan or one of our therapists, Click here.