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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Don't Panic with a Plateau

What do we do when a patient just isn't getting better? When they feel frustrated? Or when we don't understand why they aren't making more progress?

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These plateaus can be a major challenge in our clinical practice. They make us feel insecure, defensive, or like we're just guessing.

In this 'sode we go through how to examine a plateau and how to respond (not react!) for the best patient outcomes.

Three tips for dealing with plateaus:

  1. Plateaus aren't necessarily bad! They can be expected and also give us more time to implement long-term strategies to benefit the patient's overall health.

  2. Don't knee-jerk into a change. If you are going to change strategy, make sure you've given your original plan a chance to work!

  3. Pre-frame with your patient. Progress isn't linear in anything to do with our health, but we need to let the patient know what to expect.

As Nicole said in the full 'sode...

"A Plateau can look like 2 things, that the patient gets a bit better and the improvement levels off; or symptoms are getting better BUT other symptoms start to pop up." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

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Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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