Other than the acupuncture that doesn’t use medication there exists another science and medical vocation that has also been sustaining for more than 100 years now, that is no less than Chiropractic treatment by a chiropractor.
Since the earliest times, it has been depicted as holistic medicine because it doesn’t only reflect on your physical welfare but it also takes into account the patients’ physical health. You may be thinking whether chiropractor’s have any therapeutic claims, well I am happy to inform you that as a system the advancement that they are employing to alleviate the musculo-skeletal system as well as nervous system disorders have proven its outcome in curing pains at the back, in the neck, on the head and to other portions of the body. Read more…
There are many equipments and tools that have been created to enable living comfortably for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, they enable mobility and function, as well as protect joints from additional trauma or damage by positioning the joints in optimal biomechanical position.
We must understand that with a new rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, the patient with be given and taught a lot of information with regards to the management of joints, pain, energy conservation, joint protection, equipment and tools etc – there is a limit of how much a patient can understand and retain, so it’d be a good idea for continuity of care and protection information by creating an information sheet or booklet. This booklet should be informative in terms of definition, exercises, what activities to avoid, what equipments to purchase and how to use them. Read more…
You have been hearing about osteopathy and the benefits it can have on your health from close friends and you decide it is time you too consulted one for the various aches and pains that you have been suffering from. Since there are so many osteopaths practicing in your city, how will you be able to find out the right doctor for you? Ask these simple questions during your first appointment to ensure that you enlist the services of a practitioner who can understand and treat your problems successfully.
Would I have to take treatment for my entire body even though I only suffer from chronic backache?
A skilled osteopath will be able to explain to you why it is necessary to treat your entire body even though your complaint is restricted to one area. All the bones in our body are linked intricately and a problem in one part of the body can have an effect in another part. Sometimes chronic back ache may result from the spine compression, hence it becomes necessary to treat both the spine as well as the back muscles to address your back pain. If the osteopath focuses on just one area, he may miss out the complaints in the other parts and not provide you holistic healing for your entire body. Read more…
When a knee becomes swollen it causes proper movement to become difficult. It is likely that it also causes stiffness and tightness in the joint. Doctors see more patients with swollen knees than any other type of knee problem. It is especially important to see a doctor if you have been experiencing swelling for more than 48 hours or having a lot of pain with it.
Arthritis is the most common cause of knee swelling. There are also a number of other things that can cause it including: infection, cruciate ligament tear, injury, meniscal tear, strain during exercise, collateral ligament tear, softening of the cartilage, fluid build up due to infection, tendinitis, bursitis and gout. Read more…
A broken or fractured hip resulting from a serious fall or accident would require hospitalization. It may not be common among youngsters as they tend to have strong bones which can tolerate the impact better. While surgery may be required for some, physical therapy for broken hip would be necessary for all especially as one would eventually have to overcome pain and restore the body’s range of motion.
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Sessions
Rehabilitation and therapeutic sessions would commence as soon as possible. Physiotherapists start by helping patients walk. This prevents complications such as blood clots, joint stiffness and worsening of pain. A cane or walker would help patients in moving about gradually. Certain therapeutic exercises would help to improve the body’s strength and mobility. The physiotherapists would assist patients in gait training for balance and coordination. Read more…
How Physiotherapists Treat Golfer’s Elbow
by Jonathan Blood-Smyth
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.
High stresses occur in the cocking phase of a throw and during the subsequent acceleration, and in the golf swing from high backswing down to near the ball strike. Golfers are more likely to have their dominant hand affected and tennis players who use heavy topspin in their forehands are also more at risk.
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.and scientific work has not shown an inflammatory process but 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. High stresses occur in the cocking phase of a throw and during the subsequent acceleration, and in the golf swing from high backswing down to near the ball strike. Golfers are more likely to have their dominant hand affected and tennis players who use heavy topspin in their forehands are also more at risk.
Pain and ache over the front of the medial epicondyle is the typical symptom, worse with repeated flexion of the wrist and improved with resting. Shoulder, elbow, forearm or hand pain can occur, with weakness or pins and needles in the lower arm. Physiotherapy examination includes the bony tendon insertions, the elbow joints and the muscles, with palpation of the “funny bone” area behind the elbow where the ulnar nerve lies. Nerve involvement can give weakness in the forearm muscles and sensory symptoms, so an exclusion neurological examination is performed by the physio.
The main treatment of golfer’s elbow is conservative, including anti-inflammatories, wrist and forearm splinting, corticosteroid injection and physiotherapy. Modifying the provoking activity is a first line of management, making patient education about the condition and the eliciting factors vital. An example is modifying the golf swing mechanics to avoid setting the problem off continually. The patient is taught to avoid aggravating positions and activities, such as leaning on the elbow if there is nerve involvement.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used in the initial acute phase to reduce pain and inflammation along with avoiding painful movements, use of ice, gentle stretches, friction massage and ultrasound. As the problem settles and becomes sub acute the aims change to improving flexibility by stretching, increasing strength and normal activities. A forearm brace may also be used or a wrist brace to rest the wrist muscles. Once the problem is chronic the programme continues with reduced use of the splint and re-introduction of sporting activities.
Correction of sporting technique, such as the golf swing, is best achieved by engaging a professional instructor who can also advise on stretches, fitness work and muscle strengthening. Athletes should warm up well before sport and stretch effectively afterwards, choosing good technique and selection of appropriate equipment. Doctors and therapists may need to monitor patients, especially athletes, very carefully as they tend to continue to perform through the pain.
You’ve just experienced an injury. Immediate action for therapy may be more important then you know.
Let’s take the example of a sport related injury. Whenever you see a baseball player or any athlete get hurt, the physiotherapist is usually one of the health professionals that immediately rushes to the injured to help the injured player. It may be just as important to visit a local physiotherapy clinic to ensure minimal recovery time, and prevention of life long chronic pain, if you experience an injury as well. Read more…
There is a great need for immediate intervention for children with Down syndrome. Physiotherapy does not fix the problem; development will still be slowed. However, it can address problems that are unique to Down syndrome children.
Early Down syndrome physiotherapy focuses on four problems that are common for these children. One is called hypotonia. This means that the child’s muscles lack tone. That is why, when you lay a Down syndrome child in his crib, he will flop out like a rag doll. Hypotonia needs to be treated because it affects the ability of the child to learn motor skills or to support himself correctly.
Another problem that can be helped by Down syndrome physiotherapy is laxity of the ligaments. The ligaments are so loose that they do not support the bones adequately. In infancy, it can be seen in the way they lie down with their legs splayed apart. In later years, their ankles and other joints will be loose enough to cause support problems.
Down syndrome physiotherapy is essential in helping these children overcome muscular weakness. If they are not exercised to correct the problem, they will develop behaviors that will make up for their lack of strength. Some of these behaviors may be harmful. For example, they may lock their knees to make up for having weak legs.
One problem these children face is in their body shape. Their arms and legs are generally shorter compared to their trunks than in most people. This leads to all kinds of problems sitting and climbing. Just reaching the table to eat can be a chore. Down syndrome physiotherapy can help with this problem.
In early intervention Down syndrome physiotherapy, the emphasis is on overcoming weakness and learning gross motor skills. Rolling over, sitting, crawling, and walking will all happen eventually, anyway. However, with Down syndrome physiotherapy, they can take place with solid physical foundations.
There is a concern with Down syndrome physiotherapy of parents notifying the doctors of problems that might require the help of a physiotherapist. A parent may be at a loss as to what is to be considered worthy of attention. After all, they already know that their child is not like other children who do not have Down syndrome.
If parents see a Down syndrome child having trouble holding up her neck, it is essential to call it to the attention of the doctor so that physiotherapy can be ordered to strengthen neck muscles. This is one example of many where a physiotherapist might help.
Once Down syndrome physiotherapy is started, it is best to keep up a life-long program to maintain health. Prevention of age-related problems with bones, ligaments, and muscles is becoming increasingly important. This is because people with Down syndrome are living to older ages. In fact there are more Down syndrome people over the age of 60 than ever before. Physiotherapy can help them live quality lives.
Down syndrome physiotherapy is often ignored until much damage has been done. The children are left with weaknesses, odd behaviors, and disfigurements that need not have happened. If Down syndrome physiotherapy is started early enough, the child will have a much healthier life.
Health is the most important asset for leading a hurdle- free life. As usually said, health is wealth; good health is the reason behind a great life. People without any health problems are very happy and usually in a pleasant mood. Mental and physical stress are very much interconnected, so a person who is physically fit, generally has a smooth and calm life overall. Doctors or other professions related to medicine are very famous among the students and most of the medical students aim to become a doctor due to the respect this profession gets.
With the masses getting aware of the side effects of alternative medicines, people are getting more cautious about the methods or the treatments, one undertake to cure a particular disease. Also, with the advancements in technology and the changing work and general lifestyles, discovery of new diseases is also becoming a regular phenomenon. Due to all this, people prefer taking precautions towards the use and practice of their daily habits, to have minimum encounter to the medicinal institutes.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints, causing biomechanical changes, pain even, thus, biomechanical forces that are externally driven such as low but repetitive trauma or stress, or even trauma can exacerbate a joint riddled with arthritis. For this reason, the joint protection program was conceptualised and further developed for our patients. The main goals of this program is to first and foremost prevent aggravation and secondly, to relieve pain and minimise deformity from occurring.
Principles for the joint protection are:
1. using adequate and correct body biomechanics to perform tasks eg using larger or stronger joints to perform activities, using the hips and knees for lifting objects rather than using the back, pushing objects instead of pulling, using a trolley instead of carrying heavy items etc Read more…