Archive for April, 2017

Wrist Fracture – Try Physiotherapy

Every winter the weather gets cold and icy at some time and we realise that the time has come when we are less safe out and about, that season when people start to slip and fall. Falls on an outstretched hand (FOOSH) are a very common injury and often cause a fracture of the end of the forearm bones, a fracture routinely known as a wrist or colles fracture. The fracture can be insignificant or very major requiring screws and plates to realign and fix it in position. Physiotherapists assess and plan rehabilitation of the wrist, hand and forearm.

The wrist is the most commonly damaged part of the arm and three quarters of wrist injuries consists of radius and ulna fractures. Minor injuries may have just a crack and remain in position and as injuries become more serious they involve larger numbers of fragments and more marked displacement. As the person falls on the hand the results depend to some degree on age: children develop a greenstick fracture (a kink in the bone), adolescents separate the growth plate from the bone and adults fracture the radius and ulna in the last inch near the wrist. Read more…

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Shoulder Strengthening Exercises – Everyone Should Do Them

One thing I have learnt is that if you don’t look after your shoulders, sooner or later they are going to let you down. It’s not their fault; they’re just a dodgy design. In the designer’s defence, the specification was quite demanding. “We want a joint that can turn 360 degrees in any direction; we want to be able to wave our arms about, throw things as far as we can, lift heavy objects, swing from our arms from side to side, do hand stands occasionally, hang from our arms when climbing, oh yes, and I would quite like to be able to reach behind me without difficulty.”

And just to make the design even more demanding, I would like this joint to be low maintenance as well!

Which is where most of us go wrong! Your shoulder joint is not low maintenance. If you put that many demands on a joint you need to look after it. So what does looking after a shoulder joint involve? Read more…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Joint Protection Program To Protect Your Joints 2

The principles of joint protection program

1. Patients are advised not to engaged in activities or tasks that requires a prolonged fixed grip or grasp on a tool, such as in the activity of cutting (where patient has to hold a knife in a fixed position), knitting a blouse, or even holding up newspapers to read.

2. Patients are to schedule their days and activities, and to schedule rests in between their activities, to prevent exacerbation of rheumatoid arthritis flare up Read more…

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Physical Therapy Treatments – How Physiotherapy is Used in the Treatment of Down Syndrome

When we speak of physiotherapy as a treatment for children suffering from Down syndrome, it must be kept in mind that Down syndrome is a condition that can never be completely treated. Physiotherapy is used not so much to treat the syndrome as to alleviate the complications peculiar to children afflicted by Down syndrome.

Treatment in the early stages of a child with Down syndrome concentrates on addressing four problems common in this phase. The first among these is hypotonia. Children with Down syndrome do not have muscle tone, meaning their muscles are slack and lack control. Hypotonia requires immediate attention since if left untreated it hampers a child ability to develop sufficient motor skills or balance. Read more…

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How Cold Lasers and Other Light Therapy Devices Help You to Stay Healthy

Low level lasers and other light emitting diode (LED) devices are common modalities used by a variety of specialties including: dermatology, chiropractic, neurology, veterinary, acupuncture, pain management, and burn centers.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is known by many names. Cold laser therapy, phototherapy, light therapy, and color therapy are the most common. All of these names include treatment from a device that does not burn, cut or injure tissue as a hot laser, or surgery laser would. Light therapy continues to be considered a safe, non-invasive therapeutic modality with minimal risk of side effects, or contraindication. Read more…

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Shoulder Exercises for Rotator Cuff Injury

You can strengthen your shoulder muscles, improve your range of movement, and relieve pain by performing shoulder exercises, a common ailment, especially in those over forty years of age. When performed on a regular basis, these exercises, along with other non-invasive treatments, can prevent the need for more radical treatment such as open surgery.

When you begin doing the exercises, do not perform them at a pace that will cause more pain. The shoulder exercises for rotator cuff injury are intended to relive pain, not to cause it to be worse. The most important step when beginning to do the exercises is the warm up. Read more…

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The Rotator Cuff and Its Importance

Rotator Cuff is a group of four tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint. These four tendons hook up to a muscle that moves the shoulder in a specific direction. The four muscles whose tendons form the rotator cuff are subscapularis tendon, supraspinatus muscle, infraspinatus and teres minor.

Cuff stick to the capsule and glenohumeral attachment of the humeral head. The only individual structures humeral head is the upper edge of the subscapularis tendon and the anterior border of supraspinatus muscle, which define a triangular area called rotator interval. Read more…

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Implanting the Trunk Cells in Sutures

This exacting function of implanting adult the cells of the trunk into the surgical sutures thread was improved for repairing of the grave orthopedic wounds such as the fracture like ruptured tendons. The purpose of making proper use of this modern technology is to improve the remedial procedure by lessening the inflammation and get faster the curative by releasing the increasing factor of proteins.

The risk of re-injury may be also decreased. Negative response should not be a subject as the tissue come from the body of the patient. So far beginning test outcome are the good sign show that the tissue closed to the sutures endure the injury closure procedure and keep the capability of replacing the tissue such as the cartilage. Read more…

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Physiotherapy Can Help Cervical Nerve Root Neck Pain

Cervical radiculopathy is a pain syndrome involving one of the cervical nerve roots, with the C7 root (60%) and the C6 root (25%) being the most commonly involved. In younger persons this is due a direct injury which compromises the nerve exit or due to an acute disc prolapse. In older age groups this syndrome can also occur, but in this case is due to narrowing of the nerve exit by arthritic joints and ligament enlargement, disc bulging and bony outgrowths. Cervical nerve root pain referred to physiotherapists for the management of neck pain and arm pain.

The regular lifting of weights over 12 kilograms (25 pounds), operating or driving machinery which vibrates and cigarette smoking are all risk factors for cervical radiculopathy. This kind of neck and arm pain is much less common than the lumbar syndrome of back and leg pain (sciatica). The discs between the cervical vertebrae allow loads to be transmitted down the spine and damp down unwanted shocks. The joint, disc, bone and ligamentous structures form exit spaces for the nerves on the sides of the vertebrae, with up to a third of their space taken up by the nerve. This space can be compromised if degenerative changes occur nearby, leading to nerve compression symptoms.

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The New Way Of Stroke Therapy

The use of stroke therapy will certainly form part of the stroke recovery process. This portion of the recovery phase is safe to start once the stroke survivor has stabilized. Once this has occurred the go ahead for stroke exercises will be given. Approximately 30 million people each year in America suffer a stroke. It can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender or age. We have come a long way to learning about how to prevent strokes with better lifestyle choices. Science has also helped us further stroke therapy by discovering new and improved techniques.

For the uninitiated stroke therapy can seem like a very daunting process. While I do not expect people to become a neuroscientist, I feel that some background understanding can go a long way to improving compliance with stroke rehabilitation and increasing motivation to undertake it. Understanding how the brain is wired up for functioning and how it will adapt to the stroke recovery process. This article will discuss three main principles needed for stroke therapy to be successful. The first principle is frequency. When we learn any new skill frequency is the key to helping the brain learn that skill. Secondly the volume and consistency of workload done needs to be enough to stimulate change but not over do it. And lastly the role of specificity. Specificity can lead to increased efficiency and speed stroke recovery. Read more…

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