A major part of living with brain injury can become the doctors appointments, therapies, and healthcare system - but it doesn't have to be overwhelming.
This week on Hope Survives® | Brain Injury Podcast, Dr. Kelsy Rayl is here to walk us through some steps to be more empowered as a patient, including practical tools on what to do to show up at appointments informed and get the most out of them. We also discuss managing symptoms in appointments, identifying personal recovery goals, and how to find the right medical team. It is important to know which doctors will help you to do which things, so that you can get your needs and symptoms addressed.
This is an encouraging and very important conversation for anyone navigating the healthcare system post-brain injury. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver, or family member listening - you'll leave more empowered and informed to know that you can take an active role in this healthcare journey!
Listen below or on your mobile device by subscribing on podcast platforms!
5:30 Introducing Dr. Kelsy
8:30 Identity Post-Brain Injury
9:40 Lifestyle Change of Dr. Appts
13:30 Patient Empowerment
16:30 Identifying Strengths/Limits
17:45 Provider Perspective
19:00 Understanding Roles of Different Providers
30:15 Managing Symptoms w/ Appts.
36:00 Practical Tips for Documentation
42:15 Identifying & Prioritizing Recovery Goals
47:40 Seeking Second Opinions
50:00 Words of Hope
MEET OUR GUEST:
Kelsy Rayl is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in concussions, vestibular rehabilitation, and general orthopedics. She works at Activcore in Castle Rock, CO which is located inside Optimal Health Chiropractic. Kelsy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She then attended the University of Kansas Medical Center where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Kelsy has continued to expand her expertise in the vestibular and concussion realms as well as in orthopedics. Kelsy is a certified vestibular therapist through the American Institute of Balance and concussion certified by both the American Institute of Balance and ImPACT. Additionally, she has completed her Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) as well as her Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) certification. Kelsy believes that, in our current healthcare climate, you have to be the biggest advocate of your own health. She loves supporting patients and helping them get the most benefit from their healthcare experiences. By working with a patient's larger healthcare team, she feels patients receive the most benefit. Kelsy strives to not only be a skilled provider but also a trusted ally for her patients. While she enjoys helping all types of people achieve their activity and lifestyle goals, Kelsy particularly enjoys working with patients dealing with disorders that result in dizziness and patient’s recovering post-concussion. Kelsy is proud to be a part of her patient’s journey as they return to the core activities and daily abilities which make them feel like themselves.
Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate.
Connect: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com
About This Podcast
Have you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, or ABI? This podcast is for you. Sharing hope, support, and education for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and families. Hosted by award-winning TBI survivor, advocate, and singer/songwriter Cristabelle Braden, this is an uplifting podcast to bring hope to your darkest days. Subscribe and stay tuned for messages of encouragement, interviews with professionals, and survivor stories.
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