BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – Claire Kantrow, a local physical therapist is working to change the mindset on pain management through physical therapy wellness visits.
“We are full on in an opioid epidemic and crisis and people are dying rapidly because we don’t like to be in pain and we don’t understand pain,” Kantrow said.
Claire Kantrow, PT, DPT believes the cause of our pain isn’t always what we think it is.
“Find the pain look elsewhere for the cause,” Kantrow said.
That’s the motto Kantrow lives by, and the theory that drives her passion for helping others.
Growing up Kantrow was an athlete, and knew how important physical therapy was.
“I had been in and out of the physical therapy clinics most my life.”
Because of her history, she knew she wanted to work in the physical therapy field.
“A lot of physical therapist when they start off, they were athletes and they’ve had an injury, and you think OK that’s what I’m going to do and ‘m going to work with athletes,” Kantrow said.
But during her training she discovered her true passion.
“It was the second that I got into my field work and into our rotations, and I started putting my hands on people and I realized that there was this gift there of what I could do with my hands, and how meaningful manual therapy is for me,” Kantrow said.
That’s when her focus shifted from athletes to chronic pain patients.
“I found this group of patients who’s needs were not being met, and that was chronic pain patients. And that all of a sudden became a new passion and new drive,” Kantrow said.
After graduating she quickly learned her passion wouldn’t be utilized in a traditional insurance model, so she took a leap faith.
“I don’t want to just address a diagnosis, I want to look at the whole person, and it was a chance that we took that OK people are paying cash for quality let’s see if it works, and it did,” Kantrow said.
Today she is the Clinical Director and Lead Physical Therapist at Elevate, an overall wellness clinic.
“One of the things we’re trying to push here is the idea of a wellness physical therapy visit,” Kantrow said. “Where you’d be coming like you would see a dentist. You see a dentist twice a year, you get your teeth cleaned. If something is wrong you have it treated, and if not I’ll see you in six months.”
The goal is to free people of pain by finding the cause, addressing it with manual therapy and then working on prevention to avoid further injury.
“When you connect with someone and you teach them about what’s going on, you say maybe this is a hip arthritis, but maybe it isn’t,” Kantrow said. “Let’s see, and you kinda normalize and release some things and all of a sudden they’re pain free.”
She hopes to continue to educate and empower patients to live a pain free life.
“The more people understand, the more proactive they are, and we can get back what we lost in the opioid crisis and set a new parameter for what health and wellness is and what pain management is,” Kantrow said.
If you would like to learn more about Kantrow’s method or to schedule an appointment at Elevate visit their website.