Archive for July, 2017

Try Physiotherapy for Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is not confined to golfers, but occurs in many sportsmen and women, with racquet sports the most common causes. Other sports where golfer’s elbow occurs are in bowlers in cricket, archers and weightlifters. This and the more common tennis elbow are tendinopathies, overuse syndromes where there is no significant inflammation but a pathological alteration in the body of the tendon at the painful site.

The medial epicondyle is the bone prominence on the inside of the elbow where the forearm and rotatory muscle originate from. The muscles become tendinous near the bone and the tendon inserts into the bone to anchor the muscles. This area is where the pain occurs but no inflammatory process, rather a degenerative one. As the elbow is stresses by forces which would tend to push the elbow out into “knock elbow”, the tendon takes a lot of stress and changes occur.

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Physiotherapy for Arthritic Pets

There have been great advances in the medical management of arthritis in pets but only recently has the veterinary world embraced the multitude of theories and complimentary therapies widely used within the medical world. One of the most proven methods of maintaining mobility in arthritic joints is physiotherapy (otherwise known as physical therapy) and the more advanced the mobility problems are, the more important this complimentary therapy becomes. In this article I hope to introduce you to the concepts and terminology of physiotherapy so that you can approach your veterinarian and see whether it may benefit your pet.

Warming up before exercise

We all know we should warm up before exercise and this applies for pets too, especially if they have stiffened joints due to arthritis. Warming up literally means warming up the muscles. This reduces the stiffness in the ligaments, tendons and muscles and also greatly increases blood supply and oxygen to the limbs. A method used in physiotherapy is Read more…

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Physiotherapy to Treat Sports Injuries

Sports injury just like any injury obtained from other accidents can be absolutely tragic as well as traumatic. The physical and mental stress that are brought by the injury do not discriminate professional athletes from the amateur ones. The injury, if left untreated or not properly managed may actually affect and ultimately ruin the athlete’s promising career. Athletes who are just starting to make a name for themselves in their sports event may find it rather difficult or even impossible to continue in that very physical and competitive field of endeavor. The possibility to incurring physical injuries is part of the risks taken by the athletes regardless of the sports event in which they compete. Knowing what should be done in case of injury is a must for each individual to remember. The good news is, aside from the modern medical technology, physiotherapy has recently been made available to treat specific sports injuries.

The physiotherapy treatment in the case of sports injuries is normally given after the assigned doctors are certain that the patient is already safe for such procedure. Prior to that, doctors may have taken x-rays to determine the gravity of the damage to the bones. Read more…

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Are You Thinking of Beginning a Physiotherapy Career

The physiotherapy career is a healthcare profession which deals with movement disorders of the body arising from certain conditions or illnesses. Treatment through physiotherapy can also be more efficient and cheap than other traditional medication or therapy.

Usually, the person who performs physiotherapy is called a physical therapist. However, there are also other professionals who perform some physiotherapy practices, like chiropractors or caregivers. The physiotherapy career is very broad and has various classifications. Examples of these classifications are psychological sickness, physical rehabilitation, occupational health, and care for the aging.

Individuals in the physiotherapy career study their patient’s history and physical condition in dealing with the movement disorders. The physiotherapy career combines understanding, expertise and methodology to handle certain physical problems of the patient. Read more…

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Are Occupational Therapy Travel Jobs Right for You?

The best benefit to taking on travel OT assignments is…the travel! You’ll have the opportunity to live in different towns and regions and experience different rehabilitation therapy settings — rehab centers, hospitals, out-patient clinics, etc.

However, if you have considerable family obligations, or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your family for an extended length of time (most OT travel positions last about 13 weeks, some longer, some shorter), occupational therapy travel jobs may not be for you. (That said, it is possible to bring your family with you; many OT travel services can help make arrangements for your family to come along on your adventure.) Read more…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Energy Conservation For Our Patients Part 1

It is a common occurrence during the earlier stages of the rheumatoid arthritis disease that the patient with the new diagnoses will try to resume their previous tasks, roles and habits as much as possible, in a bid to return to normal. Often they end up trying too hard and injures or aggravates their affected joints.

Energy conservation, at all stages of rheumatoid arthritis is important, and when combined with the joint protection program, will result in better preserved and protected joints for the patient with rheumatoid arthritis. Read more…

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Physical Therapy in Treating Back Pain

Pain management centers adopt active and passive therapeutic techniques for providing immediate relief from pain. Physical therapy is effective in treating back pain; it can prevent the condition from worsening and help in restoring lost mobility.

Active and Passive Treatment in Physical Therapy

Active treatment involves certain therapeutic exercises. These help to stretch and strengthen the back muscles. The therapists show the proper way of doing these exercises and constantly monitor the improvements. Read more…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Psychological Implications For The Occupational Therapist Part 2

Patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis needs to be treated with respect, and we as health care professionals need to recognize and be able to identify and recognize that they (the patients) have emotions, ideas, values, feelings, hopes – by doing this we affirm him or her, their identities, their beings, creating a positive effect on their self image and self esteem.

For this to happen smoothly, we may have to setup the environment in such a way that it facilitates such an encounter, or we facilitate the patient using guided questions, or getting them to participate in “open” activities that will help them to express. Many times, a simple listening ear is more than enough. From here, we can identify and check if they have any wrong understandings, or had apostrophized their rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, and correct them. Read more…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Psychological Implications For The Occupational Therapist Part 1

A person newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (or any medical conditions for that matter) usually gets shocked, before becoming anxious then settling into a saddened and depressed mood. There is a grief cycle that he or she will go through, as grief for losing a part of themselves, their health and fitness. By the time the person suffering from the disease’s progression to reach a stage where operation is required, they would have gotten over the initial shock, but will still be vulnerable to bouts of moodiness, depression and helplessness.

These are common and usual response of people towards having to live with pain and deforming disease. Sometimes, antidepressants are required to manage sleep, loss of weight etc. Read more…

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Physiotherapy and Gait Analysis

Travelling short or medium distances for us is easily accomplished by walking, which is convenient and easy but needs our muscles and joints to be in good condition and to be pain free. Having enough muscle power and sufficient joint range of movement in the legs is necessary for efficient walking. As walking progresses one leg gives the body support while the other swings through to be placed forward and in its turn to take weight. The swing and stance phases are the easiest way of understanding where either leg is at a particular point.

Achieving all the phases of gait so that you get back onto the same foot you started on is referred to as the gait cycle. The duration of both feet remaining on the ground at the same time is about 10 percent and one leg is standing on the ground for about 40 percent of the time. The rest consists of the swing part of the cycle as the non-weightbearing leg is taken through to a position where it can again bear weight. As our walking speeds increase the duration of the gait cycle phases  reduces until there is no double support phase where both feet are weight bearing at the same time, a condition known as running.

The leg joints follow a specific and repeatable series of actions during the swing and stance phases with stance made up of five sections in the order of initial contact, loading response, mid stance, terminal stance and preswing. Heel strike is the common name given to initial contact but some people do not heel strike at all or transfer weight to the heel later in the phase. Heel strike allows the leg which is about to weight bear to take the weight but not compromise speed, stability or shock protection.

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