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Seven Questions for a Physical Therapist

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Seven Questions for a Physical Therapist

Jul 26, 2017

On this episode of Seven Questions for a Specialist, The Scope speaks with Rob Shingleton, a physical therapist at University of Utah Health. Why is exercise so important for the body? What role does diet play in physical therapy? Rob has the answers to these questions and more.

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Interviewer: It's time for Seven Questions for a Specialist. Today we have Rob Shingleton. He is a physical therapist. I'm just going to ask you seven questions, seven answers. You ready?

Rob: All right, shoot.

Interviewer: All right, here we go. What's the best thing I can do for optimal body function?

Rob: Our motto is exercise is medicine.

Interviewer: All right. What's the worst thing I can do other than not exercise?

Rob: Well, not exercise.

Interviewer: Sure. Is there something else?

Rob: Well, overeat.

Interviewer: Yeah, sure. That's a big one, right?

Rob: Under eat, overeat.

Interviewer: What's the most common problem that you encounter as a physical therapist?

Rob: Probably obesity.

Interviewer: All right. I know you specialize in a specific type of physical therapy.

Rob: I do.

Interviewer: Is that the case in your specialty as well?

Rob: I think as a whole obesity is a very overriding problem.

Interviewer: Why is physical therapy so awesome?

Rob: Wow, isn't that obvious? I think it's just because we get people moving. We try to get them healthy. We try to instill a positive attitude in the patients.

Interviewer: A lot of times you're kind of a cheerleader, aren't you?

Rob: Oh, definitely.

Interviewer: Yeah, in addition to giving knowledge and helping people get back to work quicker.

Rob: Cheerleader, social worker, case manager, trainer.

Interviewer: What can't physical therapy do?

Rob: Well, we can't cure your underlying disease.

Interviewer: Yeah. You just make it a little bit better maybe.

Rob: We can help you get through it.

Interviewer: I thought you were going to say it can't do itself, that it's really up to the patient to do a lot of the stuff.

Rob: Well, we can certainly give you good home programs, but ultimately it's up to the patient.

Interviewer: Got it. Is there an exercise that you think everybody should do?

Rob: Aerobic exercise, whether it's walking or upper body aerobics or water aerobics or . . .

Interviewer: Get that heart rate up.

Rob: Yeah, get your heart rate up.

Interviewer: Why did you specialize in physical therapy?

Rob: Originally I kind of looked into medical school, some other areas in healthcare. I was always involved in sports in high school myself, had a lot of injuries, went through a lot of physical therapy, so it was just kind of a natural transition for me. It was something I had experienced and thought, wow, I'd like to be like that guy.

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