Physical Therapy Treatments – Specialized Geriatric Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for the elderly is a busy field. Diseases and medical conditions hat require physical therapy abound in older people, and though such cases are not easy to handle, the results when good, are reward enough.

This field is known as geriatric physiotherapy. It was termed a specialized field in 1989. Therapists have studied the problems affecting the elderly since then. A number of problems affecting the older population have been identified and are treated by geriatric physiotherapy. Read more…

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What to Expect in a Physiotherapy Assessment

The first step in recovering from several painful and incapacitating conditions is a physiotherapy assessment.  One can sit back and let the physiotherapist do all the work.  However, more accurate and positive results will come of the physiotherapy assessment if the patient becomes involved.  

When you go in to the physiotherapy appointment, your doctor should have given the physiotherapist some idea of your condition.  The physiotherapy assessment will begin when the therapist takes a medical history.  This is standard procedure for any type of health related problem.  It is wise to be thorough in explaining past problems and conditions that seem to run in the family.  

This can have a bearing on your treatment.  It might even point to some disease or disorder that no one suspected that you had.  A thorough physiotherapy assessment could possibly lead to treatment by a physician for an unexpected illness.  You might find out that, while physiotherapy is bad for very few people, it is not what you need the most.  

Then, the therapist will ask questions about your present condition.  She will want to know when the pain, stiffness, or other problems started.  She will ask you just how much it hurts, having you grade your pain on a scale of one to ten.  One means no pain and ten means the worst pain you can imagine.  The physiotherapy assessment will go on with your hypotheses of what caused it all.  

The accuracy of your physiotherapy assessment rests on the precision with which you answer these questions.  Telling the therapist that the pain is at a level of four when you know it is more like a level of eight will lead her to treat your pain less aggressively.  It will be as if you had no physiotherapy assessment at all.  

However, if you are able to correctly measure your degree of pain, you will help the therapist understand your problem.  When the therapist knows when the problem began and has an idea of what caused it, the physiotherapy assessment will reflect that information.  

Then, the therapist will watch you move.  For a person who does not wish to be seen as weak, it may be a challenge to walk and do other movements as the person does them when no one is watching.  In other words, a person with a sore and stiff neck may try to move it normally in order not to seem like an invalid.  

You will be put through a series of movements that may seem cruel to you.  It is a part of a good physiotherapy assessment to show all the movements done as best you can do them.  If you can barely do them, that tells your physiotherapist a great deal of information.  

It is best that the physiotherapy assessment covers all these pains and conditions.  The way to make the most of a physiotherapy assessment is to be as honest and accurate as possible.  It is only then that you will get the best care.

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Physiotherapy – Use of the Aircast Cryocuff

Knee injuries and the management of post-operative knee conditions require physios to apply cold therapy to the joints to control knee effusions and pain. This is difficult to do with traditional methods but the Aircast Cryocuff is a flexible and efficient device to achieve effective cryotherapy and compression.

Physiotherapists commonly assess and treat knee injuries and post-operative knee conditions, managing them promptly for speedy recovery and return to normal function. Recreational activities and sport involve many knee injuries such as ligamentous injuries to the medial, lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments, meniscal injuries to the knee cartilages, dislocation of the kneecap and injury to the knee capsule and knee joint replacement. Read more…

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Life After Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can be a long, hard road.  It takes willpower and endurance to keep at it.  The mere act of keeping appointments can be grueling at times.  One may feel like celebrating when it is all over; but what comes after physiotherapy?

The physiotherapist will leave you with words of advice to follow after your physiology is over.  One important thing to keep in mind is that any exercises you are doing should be remembered for relapses.   Read more…

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Athletes And Iliotibial Band Syndrome

If you are an athlete then it is not uncommon for you to feel pain. You will always get strained muscles, sprained ankles among other things. That is why, it is important for athletes to do stretches to prevent injuries. However, with the nature of their career, it is impossible for them not to develop any injury at all. One of these injuries is the illiotilial band syndrome. This is common to runners and cyclists. Hikers can also develop this syndrome as well as those who are weight lifting when they perform squats.

How do they get this injury? This happens when the athletes suddenly increase their level of activity like runners who would increase their mileage. So what is this iliotibial band, you ask? It is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg and runs from the hip to the outer side of the shin bone or tibia which is just below the knee joint. It coordinates with some thigh muscles to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint. Read more…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Occupational Therapy Assessment

Usually by the time the patient with rheumatoid arthritis requires or opts for surgery, there would have been quite a bit of joint damage and some degrees of subluxation or deformity of the joints. Comprehensive occupational therapy assessment would include physical, physiological, psychological, social and environmental perspectives of the patient with rheumatoid arthritis. It is often at this stage also that many of the patients would probably have stopped any form of paid employment, except for housewives who would still be doing household chores.

The things that the hand occupational therapist will be looking out for includes power, presence of deformity, any signs of subluxation, skin temperature, pain and range of motions will be assessed. Given the fact that rheumatoid arthritis has its cycles of exarcebations and remissions, it’d be good to keep an assessment mindset over at least 3 sessions to ascertain the hand and its function. It’d be good also to breakdown the assessment over 2-4 sessions depending on patient’s ability to tolerate each session, as not all patients would like to keep travelling to the clinic. Read more…

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Physiotherapy – Management of Hip Replacement

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the commonest joint degeneration condition in the world, resulting in huge amounts of pain and suffering, work loss, expense and disability. Ageing of western developed populations, soon to be followed by some developing countries such as China, will place an increasing burden on medical services as the occurrence of OA rises steadily with age. There will be an increasing need to provide medical and physiotherapy treatment for OA over the next 50 years and for many thousands of people this will involve joint replacement.Â

Medical interventions can be rated on a scale which calculates the improvement in quality of life which results and here hip replacement comes out top of all treatments. The 1960s saw its development into a standard treatment for hip arthritis but the 21st century has seen the technique evolve into a complex and predictable approach to many hip conditions, with excellent fifteen year plus results. Once conservative treatments have been exhausted due to a worsening joint then joint replacement becomes the standard choice. Read more…

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The Origins Of Physiotherapy

At least as early as the days of Hippocrates, massage was used and the history of physiotherapy was begun.  The practice of physiotherapy has evolved through the centuries from the earliest forms to the complex system of treatment it is now.

In 460 B.C. Hector was using a type of physiotherapy called hydrotherapy, or water therapy.  Professionals use this type of therapy today, although it is more specialized for each type of condition that the patients have.   Read more…

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Stroke Recovery – All You Need To Know

I am saddened to think that stroke recovery is sometimes trapped in an outdated and dogmatic approach to help people with their stroke recovery. But the sad truth is unless you are one of the very fortunate ones, either geographically to be located next to a cutting edge stroke rehabilitation facility or the monetary means to afford such treatment, you are stuck with the stock standard cookie cutter approach to stroke treatment. And there is a good chance that it is stuck in the past.

Myths surrounding stroke recovery may be perpetuated by a number of factors. It seems that once something has been printed in a newspaper or magazine it is taken as gospel. Many of the belief surrounding the brain have been around for a long time and despite new research dispelling the myth, it takes a long time for this to filter into mainstream belief systems. This can clearly be seen with all the out dated beliefs in the exercise and fitness world. This article will discuss three main myths surrounding stroke recovery. Firstly that the brain is set in stone and cannot change. Secondly that there is only a small window of opportunity for stroke recovery to happen. And the last myth is that there are not better and more effective ways to perform stroke rehabilitation. Read more…

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Rotator Cuff Exercises – Physical Therapy for Injury Rehabilitation and Strengthening

The rotator cuff is a complex muscles and tendons mechanism that offers unparalleled flexibility and range of motion. Unfortunately, it also offers the opportunity for many injuries or disorders to occur. These are traditionally treated with anti inflammatory medication, injections, hot and cold packs and so on. However, a physical therapy program devised around specific rotator cuff exercises can cut down recovery times, eliminating the need for surgery, strengthening the cuff and preventing future injuries from occurring again.

The 4 muscles of the rotator cuff, the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis, are there in place to prevent the shoulder joint from becoming dislocated because of its open ball and socket design, but they are also vulnerable to tears and a variety of disorders like Impingement Syndrome, Bursitis, Tendonitis and Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis). Read more…

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