Physical therapy clinic says the future is outside, especially during COVID-19 era

Mountain States Hand and Physical Therapy
Posted at 5:26 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 20:36:44-04

ARVADA, Colo. -- At first glance, the area outside of Mountain States Hand and Physical Therapy might look like just another nice park, but it was designed with a special purpose.

The terrain park helps patients navigate obstacles they would find in real life, plus it has an added benefit of being outside. As COVID-19 remains a threat, outdoor space helps with social distancing and preventing the spread of the virus.

"Certainly with the coronavirus, it’s a healthier environment," said Pam Bohling, co-owner and physical therapist.

Bohling said she started working on the concept two years ago and work was underway on the park as coronavirus started to spread. The outdoor course is proving to be an ideal way to help keep patients safe during the pandemic, she says.

During stay-at-home orders, the clinic remained open but appointments were scaled back out of an abundance of caution.

"We only saw the patients that would’ve otherwise regressed during that time period. That reduced our volume by 50%," said Bohling. "The PPP was an essential part of us maintaining staff. We didn’t have to furlough anyone or lay anyone off."

Patient Andy Nix said she's not only more comfortable being outside, but it's more fun too.

"I think it’s fantastic because it’s so hard to social distance," said Nix.