I wanted to do about work for the people.
ーー First, please teach me why you became a Physical Therapist.
I wanted to do about work for the people. I wanted to use my brain and, also using my hands. Also, And I wanted a profession which revenue has been stabilized for many years.
First of all, I wanted to help people. My grandmother went to rehabilitation for femoral neck fracture and, and my mother had a frozen shoulder. So, I had been longing to physical therapists from my childhood.
When my family went to the hospitals and clinics, that physical therapist looks like enjoying his job. Of cause, that might be coming from his character, however he communicated well with my family and it was enjoyable.
So, when I determining the major, Physical therapist was in the corner of my head. For pre-requisite, you must be a volunteer in the clinic or hospital. When I went to the university hospital. I thought this job is perfect for me. And I am happy that I became a physical therapist now.
ーー What kind of facility did you start working first?
Dr.Daniel Kirages There is a famous hospital for PNF called Kaiser, I was working at outpatient orthopedic at that time.
When I start working, there were two female and one male therapist treating women’s health. The male therapist quit his job and I was asked to join the women’s health team.
Another key factor is Dr. Biante, she is famous in women’s health and involved in a lot of books and research.
So first, I was doing even men and women, however there were few therapists who is treating male. I thought this will be my specialty. Since then, I am only treating men.
ーー We start to hear about women’s health physical therapy. However, we do not hear about men’s health physical therapy in Japan. Can you tell us what is men’s health rehabilitation?
Dr.Daniel Kirages When you have bladder cancer, they will surgically removed the cancer and on the same time external anal sphineter will be cut. That makes the external anal sphineter weak and leads to the incontinent. Stopping that will part of physical therapy.
You have to strength post surgically, however there is a time you have to relax the muscle.
PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Kirages is an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy. He has a hybrid schedule of both clinical practice and academic teaching. It is within the private practice of the Division, USC Physical Therapy Associates, where he attends to a diversified patient load, addressing orthopedic and pelvic health disorders. While in the classroom he serves as course coordinator for Basics of Patient Management and as a primary instructor for Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction within the first year of the DPT program.
Dr. Kirages is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He is significantly involved with advanced professional education through his teaching and clinical mentorship within the USC Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He is also the primary faculty member of theUSC Orthopedic Boot Camp Series which is a comprehensive series of seminars that enables the participant to attain high level skills in examination and treatment procedures for common musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Kirages may also be found researching topics associated with pelvic health, teaching continuing education courses or giving lectures at a variety of academic institutions or healthcare facilities nationally and internationally.
Member: APTA, Orthopaedic and Women's Health Sections Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Member: International Pelvic Pain Society
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy, University of Southern California Clinical Faculty - Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency and Spine Fellowship Programs, Grants Pass, OR