Sean Alvarez, a physical therapist here at Life Care Center of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is now a certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy.
Alvarez, who has worked for us since 2013, earned this specialty in August 2015 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has been a PT for 24 years, much of which has been spent serving the geriatric population.
Alvarez had to undergo special training and testing in order to achieve this designation. This involved a five-month, self-guided study over topics such as geriatric rehabilitation, medicine and pharmacology, as well as a test that included 200 questions.
“I wanted to advance my current knowledge base of evaluation and treatment of our elderly and their unique physical challenges,” said Alvarez. “And I wanted to have the credentials that would reflect this specialized experience and skill set for the purpose of community outreach and education.”
For Alvarez, the extra effort has paid off.
“This experience has made me a more prepared and knowledgeable PT,” said Alvarez, “having studied over many of the fine details over a number of specialty subject matters that I haven’t been exposed to when participating in traditional continuing education courses.”