In our 14th episode of the Performance Concepts Chat, I sit down with local physical therapist Dean Kotopski to discuss his evolution as a physical therapist and his recent efforts to improve therapeutic outcomes with the use of stem cells and his rehabilitation algorithm known as “Force Balance Technique”. Dean discusses how he has been – throughout his entire career – driven by achieving the best possible results for his patients using primarily mechanical means supplemented with other regenerative techniques. While this may seem like an obvious goal for a physical therapist, it is not uncommon to find people in the rehabilitation field who are not results oriented, unwilling to measure baselines and track improvements throughout the therapeutic process.
These are the types of issues that have driven Dean Kotopski to search out the best methods for patient care and, in the world of sports, the most efficient and durable means of returning an athlete to competition. The use of stem cells for all types of medical treatments has grown exponentially in the last five years and orthopaedics is no exception. Dean makes note of the progress achieved by practitioners such as Dr. Chris Centeno of Regenexx and Dr. Roddy McGee of Total Sports Medicine as motivation for him to provide the same level of care for his patients in Vancouver, Canada. As Dean emphasizes, successful rehabilitation about the process and not fixating on one specific tool. His vision of building a comprehensive system around patient care and return to competition is constantly evolving, building on previous successes and refining inefficiencies.
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