Posted On: December 5, 2017
I am Dr. David A. Johnson, the Director of Clinics at North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation. I am licensed as a chiropractic physician and a physical therapist in Illinois. I practice as a chiropractic physician and physical therapist in Highland Park and Lake Bluff.
I have trained many a young chiropractor and physical therapist over the years. I would like to share some of the knowledge I have gained from this experience.
The first thing I try to do is meet the intern where they are at in their learning process. Most of the interns have had the basic clinical sciences when they come to work in my clinics. I have to not only have familiarity with their curriculum and training, I also have to probe them as to their knowledge base.
I usually probe by having them observe me examine a patient. I often ask after the history, what they think is wrong with the patient. I listen to their ideas. I may then ask some leading questions as to what I think is wrong with the patient. I then perform the exam and formulate my diagnosis. I report my findings to the patient and what plan we should follow. After the exam, I sit down with the intern and discuss why I came up with the diagnosis. Through this process, I look for gaps in their understanding and do my best to help fill in those gaps.
Most interns are trying to consolidate their knowledge into a cohesive whole rather than a lot of disparate components. I do my best to try and help them do this. I can still remember what it was like to be full of knowledge yet lacking understanding. I also remember how hard I worked to pull all the parts together. I enjoy helping interns gain in their depth of understanding as to what is needed to practice good medicine.
One of my favorite things to do is to help them get right sized. All to often I get students who having gotten good grades and they therefore assume they have the knowledge. I pick areas of weakness and give them case examples, challenging their knowledge and exposing their weakness. Once exposed, I explain to them that learning is a life long endeavor and that recognizing ones weakness gives rise to the opportunity to fill in those gaps.
By continued exposure to conferences, the clinical literature and post-graduate training, each intern has the opportunity to recognize their own gaps and work to develop into the best clinician they can be. Being a good clinician is a life long endeavor and by pursuing it, the clinician will help thousands of people while enriching their own lives.
North Shore, Dr. J and the staff were great. I started out with a pinched cervical nerve which was causing extreme pain and numbness in my arm. Surgery had been ruled out by the neurosurgeon after an MRI. My physical recommended a regimen of physical therapy which I undertook with NorthShore in November. At that time I had consistent pain in the range of 8-9 out of 10. I had trouble sleeping, driving and performing most normal daily activities due to the constant pain. I have now been through two series of physical therapy sessions with North Shore over a couple of months and the pain and numbness are completely gone. Based on my experience I would highly recommend North Shore for physical therapy treatment and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful as a bonus! Jon HeintzelmanJonathan Heintzelman
All aspects of the rehab program were done with professionalism. Intake evaluation, exercise program, massage therapy and exit evaluation were all excellent and yielded excellent results for me. All of the staff are friendly and efficient. Dr. Johnson, Jeannette, Cyprian and Mary are friendly and make an otherwise difficult experience much more tolerable. I have gone to them on two occasions over the last several years for different injuries and, in both instances, my problems were resolved. I highly recommend them.Lee Eddy
I was a patient 6 years ago, with lower back pain and herniation. My PT was excellent and I was back to exercise and resolution of pain and herniation. Recently I have had hip pain and and tingling down my leg. My evaluation with DR Johnson was very thorough and spot on. The PT with Dre was incredible. I am now pain free with a resolution of the tingling as well. I will definitely return for any future problems that may arise!Barbara Bank