Don't Accept Limitations

Living Without Limits, By Dulcie Derube BS, MSPT

My journey into physical therapy began at a young age. I was always active in sports, and inevitably incurred the injuries that come with progressing in the athletic realm. I had several injuries in high school that I still need physical therapy for, but my first true idea of PT as a profession was when I tore my ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus and dislocated my kneecap.

Being taken out of my daily active lifestyle was a terrible thing. to Having absolutely amazing therapists that helped me return not just to recreational activities, but also to collegiate volleyball, showed me both the emotional and physical strength Dulcie with son that can be gained with skilled rehab. I was hooked!

Being a physical therapist is so much more than injury prevention or treatment. As a therapist you have such
a personal relationship with your patients. There is an emotional component to having pain and dysfunction, lacking the ability to participate in activities, or even being unable to do something as simple as get up from a chair. It really is a case of "you don't know what you have until it's gone.

Once there is an injury, pain or traumatic event, being able to be a sounding board, emotional support as well as the one guiding an individual back to wellness isa huge responsibility and one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I still have relationships and stay in touch with people that I treated years ago.

Physical Therapy is unlike any other professional in that it allows us to really encourage, teach, listen, connect and build foundations of trust. We take our physical bodies for granted and being in a job that encourages global wellness and function holds a very unique position. On the flip side, I have learned far more from my patients than I think I even Dulcie with Mireille Bierenstaught.

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My greater goal is to encourage others, particularly women, in the idea that they can be a life long learner and attain any goal. If you continue to educate yourself and evolve your mind and opportunities, every situation can be a learning opportunity. Also, for young women I want to lead and encourage them in looking to themselves, being self-re-liant and finding ways that they too can own businesses, lead companies and not accept limitations, however subtle they may seem.