Why You Should Be Wearing an ASO Ankle Brace

The most common reason for wearing an ASO ankle brace is to prevent ankle sprains. Although it replicates traditional athletic taping methods, the ASO is actually an improvement over taping. This is due to the emulation of taping techniques achieved through the use of patented nylon figure-eight straps. These straps incorporate stirrup and heel-locking to provide the desired support. The straps are easy to use, and can be adjusted without removing the shoe. The ASO is made of a thin but strong ballistic lightweight nylon. This brace is laced up in the front of the foot, and can therefore be tightened enough to avoid slipping. While the brace does provide excellent support, it is of no help unless you actually wear it.

Patient compliance is the key to bracing therapy. The most reliable ankle support provides lateral and medial ankle stability (inversion and eversion), and subtalor support (heel lock). The ASO is comfortable, supportive, protective, and the application isn’t complicated. Plus, the brace fits easily into the patient’s shoe. The ASO (Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis) fits all of the stated criteria for achieving patient compliance. Using the ASO ankle brace saves both money and time for athletes, over the use of athletic tape. Taping an athlete will cost approximately 5 times as much as purchasing one pair of ASO ankle braces. Using braces rather than taping also frees up a lot of the time required by athletic trainers to tape the players. Athletes can brace themselves anytime, anywhere. Read more…

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Introduction To Physical Therapy – Rehabilitation Of Amputees And The Advantages Of Physiotherapy

Amputation is a major blow to anyone, both physically and psychologically. To help a person deal with the loss of a limb a team of trained professionals is engaged – a doctor, a prosthetist, a psychologist, and nurses. To rehabilitate an amputee, a physiotherapist is also required.

When a person is adjusting to life without a limb, a physiotherapist is almost indispensable in the patient’s healing process. An amputee has to deal with several physical and physiological issues the. Among these are phantom pains, which are painful sensations that seem to emanate from the limb that has already been removed, as if it still exists. These are nervous responses and require physiotherapy to overcome and treat it. Read more…

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Physiotherapy at Home

If you suffer from a long term condition, have just had surgery, or have an accident related injury, then no doubt you have been referred to a physiotherapist by your doctor. Physiotherapy is a proven way to help recover motor skills and minimize pain through the repetition of proscribed exercises. It works, but it can be very inconvenient. Here are some of the advantages to consider when it comes to receiving your physiotherapy at home.

Effects of travel. In many cases, patients who need physiotherapy may find that getting to their appointment in itself is enough to cause additional pain or discomfort. Driving on one’s own, sitting in a passenger seat for a period of time, and even taking the bus may all aggravate the original injury further. Having a professional come to your home and work on your physio program with you will eliminate the chance of further discomfort caused by a trip in to the physiotherapist’s office. Read more…

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Physiotherapy Shows Benefits Following Knee Replacement Surgery

According to a recent study published on bmj.com, physiotherapy can improve the daily lives of osteoarthritis patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of disability found in oler people, so total knee replacement surgery is a routinely performed procedure. Since some patients continue to experience problems with everyday tasks shortly after surgery, researchers reviewed data to determine if short term physiotherapy is an effective solution.

The study involved over 600 patients who were reviewed for effectiveness of physiotherapy treatments accordng to improved function, quality of life, walking, range of knee joint motion, and muscle strength. The results found a small to moderate effect of functional exercise on joint motion and quality of life at three to four months after surgery. This effect, however, was not sustained at one year. Read more…

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Ankylosing Spondylitis and Physiotherapy

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritic disease or spondyloarthropathy, classified with reactive arthritis, bowel disease arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. The underlying relationships between these diseases are complex but they are connected by enthesitis (inflammation of the ligament/bone junctions) and by possession of the HLA B27 gene on white blood cells. The enthesitis process at the joint edges can cause fibrosis and then ossification of the area (bone formation).

AS is the commonest of the spondyloarthropathies and its occurrence varies with the occurrence of the HLA B27 gene in the population, AS being less common in the tropics and more common in northern European countries. 0.1 to 1.0% of people are affected but this varies with latitude and is more common in white people. About 1-2% of people with the HLA B27 gene actually develop AS but this becomes 15-20% likelihood if they have a first degree relative with the disease. Read more…

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Importance of Physiotherapy

If pain is a problem then physiotherapy is the solution. Study and experiences prove that physiotherapy has been a very effective tool against pains and injuries ranging from minor to major.

To get rid of muscle immobility the physiotherapist may suggest stretches, exercises, heat therapy, massage or traction and such things alone or they may be coupled and grouped as well as per the seriousness or condition of the problem. To escape from head ache or muscle ache sometimes painkiller are effective but they have limitations and side effects as well but physiotherapy deals with pains and injuries of upper tiers. Hence its importance can’t be denied in any way. Read more…

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Examining Physiotherapy Credentials

When you have physiotherapy done, you are putting your body in the hands of someone you believe to be a trained professional.  Pain and disfigurement could result if the procedures are done wrong.  That is why it is a good idea to check a therapist’s physiotherapy credentials.

Physical therapy aides may play a role in physiotherapy.  One is not out of line to ask about what kind of physiotherapy credentials such a person has.  The standard may simply be a two-year course of study at a Jr. College or a specialty school.  Yet, it is important that the clinic is not just hiring anyone who walks in off the street.   Read more…

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The Continuing Growth Of The Geriatric Physiotherapy Field

Clinics that specialize in geriatric physiotherapy never run low on work.  The elderly have diseases and disorders in greater numbers than any other age group.  Their care is difficult, but rewarding.

Geriatric physiotherapy became a specialty of physical therapy study in 1989.  Since then, physiotherapists have worked to understand the problems of the aging.  There is a long list of problems dealt with in geriatric physiotherapy.   Read more…

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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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