L.A.’s Secret Weapon: Part 2

Second part of the interview I posted about earlier.  Here, you learn a little more about Dr. Seto’s therapist-patient relationship with Kobe Bryant.

Here are some interesting answers from the article:

MT: By the way … I detailed your excessive degrees and initials after your name in the intro. Too bad you couldn’t get a law degree, huh? 
Dr. Seto: Kobe gives me a hard time about finishing various degrees and certifications. ‘So what’s next?’ he’ll ask. ‘You’re always studying for something, what’s up?’ I say, ‘Look who’s talking. You’re always looking to improve yourself, every summer, adding something to your game,’ and he nods. That’s part of why we get along so well.


–this next question talks a little bit about what physical therapists do regarding differential diagnosis (aka trying to diagnose what’s wrong with a patient that comes in with a diagnosis of “leg pain”) 🙂

MT: There weren’t any major injuries this season, but you had a few interested cases, like Kobe’ shin…
Dr. Seto: One big thing I talked to Gary about missing from the clinic were complex cases. I once asked neurologist Dr. (Vernon) Williams, a doctor who gives me lots of complicated cases that also worked with Kobe after the concussion, why he’d give them to me, and he said, “Because you can make them better.” So having more challenges has made me a better physical therapist. The whole thing with Kobe’s shin … that was an interesting one. We figured out a treatment plan, and Kobe said he could see the wheels turning in my head. ‘You figured it out, didn’t you?’ he asked. ‘I said, ‘yes, I figured it out.’ He’s known me for a long time, so sometimes when we’re working together, we don’t need to verbally talk to know how to progress in certain elements of rehabilitation or strength building that we do.


–Another good answer from Dr. Judy Seto regarding how PTs can only do so much and then the rest is up to how much the patient contributes to their own rehabilitation

MT: While Kobe must be a trainer’s dream in terms of always doing every little detail you ask of him, how do you deal with those that don’t have the same approach?
Dr. Seto: Clearly you wish all players were as devoted as Kobe … he’s just so dedicated to his craft. I don’t know many players that are willing to be in at 7 a.m. But you can’t change who each individual is, you have to understand how to make all the different personalities blend just like the coaching staff does. How we engage and motivate each person about their injuries is very different. Some don’t want to understand their injury … they’ll just ask us to fix it. One of my favorite analogies is:I don’t drive the car, I just fix it.

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