Patient Thoughts About Physical Therapy

I had the misfortune of injuring my back fairly severely when I was working as a maintenance man many moons ago. I made sure that I rested my back and took the prescribed medications, but it was when I started doing physical therapy that I really started to notice a difference. I have since learned many things about physical therapy that have allowed me to maintain good back health.

One of the first things that I learned about physical therapy is that it is designed to keep you active, which is something I cannot say for the other two remedies. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in resting when you injure yourself, and I thanked God every day for those painkillers, but somehow, I did not really feel like I was treating the problem the way it needed to be treated. Physical therapy helped me to get back on my feet, and while it did sometimes hurt more than my back would hurt after laying on the couch for a while, it was not nearly as stiff and would not get as sore after a few hours.

One of the things that I learned about physical therapy that I really like the most is the fact that it something you can do whenever you want. I made it a point to write down every exercise I was doing while I was doing it because I knew that eventually I would be discharged from physical therapy and be on my own. I wanted to make sure that I knew how to do the exercises that made my back feel so good whenever I wanted to in the future. Once I ran out of painkillers, that was it, and one cannot exactly rest whenever they want to, either.

Another thing that I like about physical therapy is that it does not cost nearly as much as the other two forms of treatment do. The painkillers that I bought were fortunately covered by my health insurance, but I still had to pay the co-pay on each one, and there were three different types of medications! With the rest, whenever I was resting I was not working, and that was costing me money as well. I have to admit, this was what bothered me the most. When I found the time, I would always try to do my physical therapy exercises to keep on top of my back problem, and it worked.

I have learned a lot about physical therapy and have come to value it greatly. I think that anyone who injures their back should give it a try and see how well it works for them. They might just be surprised!

Dental Physiotherapy

Here are two videos showing dental physiotherapy exercises to deal with strengthing and correcting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the part of the jaw that is a sliding hinge. It is the connector of the skull and jawbone. Disorders of the TMJ may show as pain in the muscles controllin jaw movement and in your jaw joint. Before using these exercises, ask your dentist or dental physiotherapist.

Dental & Medical Neuropathy Treatment

Okay, let’s get the bad news out of the way first – not only is there no cure for dental or medical neuropathy, there is no treatment that is known to consistently keep the pain under control, either. While there are a number of neuropathy treatment options available, they all work erratically. That said, with a little effort, you can certainly find a treatment option that works for you. The best you can expect from successful treatment though is reduced pain and as few side effects from the medicine as possible.

Dentists and doctors believe that the best way to get results from your neuropathy treatment is to get treatment for it as early on as possible – before the pain digs its heels in.

If you suffer from nerve pain of the back or the spine, treatment is usually offered through medicines and implants that try to block out the oversensitive nerve cells that send out pain messages. There are other kinds of treatment options available to them; electrical stimulation, physical therapy and even psychological therapy.

The thing is, neuropathy treatment, as it stands now, isn’t a single kind of treatment. Neuropathy pain is a very complex thing that arises from a variety of sources and. You need to attack the problem in as many ways as it arises. It has to be multidisciplinary to be at all useful.

Neuropathy treatment for instance, can often be an entire system of treatments that they call a comprehensive pain management and rehabilitation programs. Such programs could include a spine specialist who comes from a background of neurology, anesthetics or spine surgery. An occupational therapist will work to help with physical rehabitation, and there could be a psychologist involved too, who helps with sleeplessness and depression.

And then there are the medications involved. Tricyclic antidepressants like Nortriptyline are always used, as are local anesthetics like the lidocaine and anticonvulsants like neurontin. Doctors and dental specialists typically give you antidepressants and anticonvulsants first of all. You might think that painkillers like morphine would be effective, but they usually aren’t good at all with neuropathic pain.

Sometimes, nerve block injections can help. These are injections that try to disrupt the pain signals running through your nerves. They take steroids, morphine or anything else, they do a live x-ray video guide to look at your body to find out exactly where to put the needle and they inject it.

An implant is the final line of defense. The implant tries to disrupt pain signals by putting out electrical currents in your body at a low level.

Personal Responsibility for Health

Medical school students learn it, and laypeople learn it: medical science has got to the point where practically anything – blood pressure, diabetes, urinary tract infections, cancer, asthma – can be cured or at least kept under control. There are precise scientific protocols in place that tell doctors and urologists how to treat a patient for any one of these diseases. A patient gets doctor advice for the best practices he needs to learn, and everything will be fine. Except for one little complication.

For some reason, there are patients who just won’t receive a urologist’s advice with any sense of personal responsibility. It doesn’t matter how good the research is that goes into inventing the treatment; it doesn’t matter how good the doctors are; the patient goes home and he does exactly as he pleases. Even if the consequences for his health be frightening. It isn’t just some nutcase somewhere who would ignore doctor advice. There is some pretty strong evidence-based medicine that backs the treatment course laid out for high blood pressure and for diabetes for instance. It is proven thing that taking evidence-based medical advice to heart results in fewer complications and longer life. Why is it then that 60% of all diabetes patients have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels? Why do half of all blood pressure patients have trouble controlling their blood pressure?

It isn’t that there is anything wrong with the medicines or the treatment method offered to them. It’s just that these patients just don’t take the doctor advice they’ve received very seriously. When the numbers get to be that high, you have to wonder if it is just something about human nature. It could be, actually; tell people all you want that smoking is bad for them; but they just can’t seem to believe that anything that feels so good can be bad.

As far as they can, researchers are now trying on a new way in which to study medicine. For instance, if a diabetes patient has his doctor telling him that what he needs is to eat lots of whole-grain, what is he supposed to do if he is poor and doesn’t have access to farmers’ markets? If taking walks is good for your blood pressure, what do you do if your neighborhood has no walking paths or parks? What do you do if you eat lunch at your place of work and there are no healthy menu options available? When your urologist tells you that drinking more fluids may help prevent kidney stones, do people increase their intake of water to avoid a possible lithotripsy appointment? (According to newriverurology, patients only partially heed advice and are lukewarm in taking action for their urology issues.) There could be something about lots of patients’ lives to make it difficult for them to follow doctor advice.

They want to bring in health-based medicine where researchers come together with the entire community to try to make healthy options possible. There are quite a few pilot programs in place that are going to try to see how possible this is. One hopes they work.

Become a Physical Therapist in Sports

For anyone who knows how to work with his hands and who instinctively understands the healing needs of an injured human body part, to become a physical therapist is often a natural career possibility. And for those who wish to inject their therapist careers with a dose of excitement and glamour, turning to sports medicine and sports therapy is the natural way to go.

The part that sports plays in our lives is only becoming more important with every passing year. Just imagine – all those hundreds of sporting teams of tennis players, basketball players, boxers, hockey players and footballers – every one of those players needs a great physical therapist.

And that’s not even including the thousands of teams that haven’t made it on the national scene yet. Playing serious sports is all about pushing your body to its physical limits. When you do that, trauma and injury are only natural to encounter. How do you become a physical therapist and take advantage of this huge pent-up demand for these skills?

The first thing you need to become a physical therapist is to earn a Master’s degree in the art and science of physical therapy. If you’re planning on specializing in sports medicine, you need to go to graduate school for orthopedic therapy or sports therapy. It will be good idea to pick a school that has accreditation from the American Physical Therapy Association.

You can check APTA’s website for a list of accredited schools. If you go on further to earn a doctoral degree in sports medicine, you can count on the whole education process taking about five years at the very minimum.

A great way to train yourself in the art of sports therapy would be to volunteer at the local school or college to help with their physical therapy needs – and to do this while you’re still in school studying to become a physical therapist. You could try to enroll as an apprentice to a practicing physical therapist, too. It’ll give you a great deal of experience in how the trade works.

As with any other medical specialty, practicing physical therapy requires that you earn a license to work in your field. Every state has its own licensing requirements. You’ll need to do well in the national physical therapy examination, toon.

Here’s a little piece of insight into how physical therapy works. Have you ever seen a physical therapist at work? They have to basically hold a person’s muscles or limbs in their hands and be able to powerfully knead them for long stretches of time to be able to deliver the relief needed.

In short, physical therapy and the job of the physical therapist is only for physically powerful people. Just imagine how you would feel if you were a sports therapist and you had a heavyweight boxer on the gurney before you, for a little massage therapy to his calve muscle that looked like bowling balls. What would you do if you were a small person, physically?

Online Dental Advice Sites

It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times everywhere across the country every day a person learns from his dentist or doctor that there is something he is ill with; and right away, he goes home and goes online; medical advice from the Internet is what everyone in this situation looks for more than anything else. In our Google-ized world, online dental advice is something everyone has access to. Long before the Internet came about, people with access to networks of computers, say at medical universities, always did much the same thing too (even if the whole experience was a lot less user-friendly back then).

If porn is the number one search topic on the Internet, online medical or dental advice comes right after; three out of four Internet users search for information at some point. And of those who have something faster than dial-up as a way to get online, medical research is something 9 of 10 people do every single day. But this isn’t just idle research either. About 4 of 5 people who go online for medical and dentistry research, end up with information that actually changes the course they end up taking.

While to these medical and dental care researchers it can seem like searching on Google for this type of information is about as good as it gets, they need to be aware that there is a lot out there that Google doesn’t give them. As much as Google is respected and admired for its search prowess, its search technology is deeply imperfect and nowhere near approaching how people think and ask questions. For instance, if you search for prostate cancer treatment on Google, you get your predictable list of Wikipedia entries and Mayo Clinic entries. Just try searching for prostate cancer treatment groups and that one word can make a world of difference. Right away, you get all kinds of links to communities that open you up to new possibilities and how to treat the disease.

While some dentists and doctors don’t really respect how patients go and read up on their own without a dental and medical education to put everything into perspective with, other dentists and doctors really appreciate how online dental medical advice websites have turned people into real experts. The Internet truly has leveled the playing field. With access to this information, people can finally play a part in their own health and dental care.

The most powerful online dental and medical advice websites are the ones that deal with peculiar and highly specific problems. One person, who after taking medication for tuberculosis complained of a peculiar pain in the liver that wouldn’t go away for instance, found a great deal of information on the websites PatientsLikeMe and WebMD. Those kinds of obscure problems can often be a nightmare explaining to an actual doctor.

There are other great websites you could go to, too. Interested in alternative medicine? Try a few of those dental and medical sites as well.

Dental and Medical Dictionary Websites

Any time you come back home after a visit to the hospital, your head undoubtedly buzzes with strange medical terms that you have heard getting thrown about – terms like Endometrial or Creatinine or Arthroscopy. It could be that your doctor is particularly insensitive about having his patients understand what he’s saying, or, you could really not have a head for these things. Either way, hearing these buzzwords in connection with your health can make you quite nervous. Unfortunately, there is nothing in their contract that obligates doctors to educate you or any other patient. Which is where the online medical dictionary comes in. Of course, when there’s something about your condition that you don’t really understand, going directly to the source, to your physician should be your first choice. Even if you do decide to do that, you’ll find that reading up beforehand is always the better idea. The Internet just crawls with dozens of medical reference places. And some of them even have a dedicated medical dictionary. Let’s look at a selection of these to help you out the next time you come back from the doctor’s your head stuffed with strange words.

First off, let’s go with a name that’s synonymous with good dictionaries in America:  Merriam-Webster. They have a dedicated medical dictionary website that that they run with the National Institutes of Health. It’s called MedlinePlus. You can either search for a condition you’re looking for, a medical term you are looking for, or merely look for ideas, browsing their lists of words. They even have a page full of medical abbreviations.

As for medical abbreviations, if you don’t find the one you’re looking for on the MedlinePlus website, you should probably try the MediLexicon – an exhaustive collection of abbreviations to do with medical conditions, medical equipment, medical journals and ICD-9 codes. It’s an extraordinarily well-endowed database with a quarter-million entries. The website has an agreement in place with Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, and it has a great fuzzy logic algorithm that tries to help you with the term you’re looking for even if you can’t really remember it.

The King’s Medical Library Engine is a one-stop medical term site. It’s a one-stop place because it goes meta searching for something you want. It searches many of the websites above and more, for every kind of medical term. Even better, it lets you search for medical articles, medical journals and online information. It should be pretty comprehensive, the search they perform – considering that it is Google’s algorithm that they use.

Body Mind Healing

Body mind healing rests on two paradigms, which psychologists use to explain the relationship of body and mind. One paradigm is the biological. The biological paradigm asserts that biological conditions and events determines your state of mind. For example, when you sustain a wound, this causes your mind to take a defensive attitude towards your environment, arouses fear, and causes the mind to assess its alternatives – the flight or fight response. Reducing all mind states to biological conditions is counter-intuitive. There are certainly times when your body is perfectly at ease, pulsating with health and vigor, yet your mind is distressed, hurt or even anguished. You can see that the biological paradigm is not sufficient to explain our states of mind.

body mind healing

The other paradigm established in psychology is called the psychological paradigm. This perspective takes up where the biological perspective falls short. States of mind, from the psychological perspective, are dependent on other factors besides biology, factors such as consciousness, thinking, memory, emotions and imagination. The psychological perspective finds causes for states of mind within the mind itself. In addition, this perspective suggests that certain behavior patterns often follow from states of mind rather than from biological factors. Such behavior may impact the body in a positive or negative way. The psychological perspective recognizes that your mind may impact your body’s health, not only by how it directs your behavior in the world, but also, by how your state of mind may affect your body’s chemistry.

Body mind healing accepts both paradigms implicitly. The body may indeed be sick because of biological factors alone. A hurricane comes along and you break your leg. Your body’s innate ‘wisdom’ begins to mend the bones, sending a variety of cells and protective resources. Medical healing is effective here. In this case, the biological perspective must always be considered first. Before you employ the mind to heal a wound, you must employ microbiological information on germs and take the necessary steps to avoid infection. Whatever medical help can be applied to a health problem should be considered and, when medically reasonable, applied.

Body mind healing accepts and uses the body’s own mechanism for healing itself. Since the mind can affect the body, as, for example, when the mind judges something to be frightening and that judgment causes your adrenaline to flow, the body mind healing perspective asserts that the mind has the ability to either inhibit or encourage the body to heal itself. Body mind healing is a healing method that enlists the mind in the biological healing process.

Many body mind healers hold that by concentrating consciousness on the disease or condition, your body is thus directed to focus its healing energies on that disease or condition. Others hold that your mind is capable of visualizing a vital force that enlivens your body, and that this visualized vital force can be directed, by your will, to the affected area, where its healing power may take effect. Extreme body mind healing holds that your mind, by use of one of these techniques, will alone, heal most diseases. Whether this is true or not, we cannot deny that the mind can substantially affect your body’s state through awareness, thought, feeling and imagination. The concept of body mind healing does makes some scientific sense.

Speech and Occupational Therapy for Autism

With the current number of cases of autism estimated at one in 150, many families are working towards gaining a better understanding of the developmental disorder. Autistic children do have special needs but the condition is not usually the stereotyped version that many of us come across on television.

One pet peeve that many parents of autistic children have is the media’s portrayal of the developmental disorder. It seems as if many individuals automatically picture Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rainman when they think about autism. However, this character doesn’t represent the majority of autistic children.

Rainman’s Charlie Babbitt is based on a real man named Kim Peek. Kim is an autistic savant. This type of autism is actually quite rare, representing about ten percent of the autistic population as a whole. Ironically, this character is so strongly related to the developmental disorder than many people automatically think of Rainman when they think of autism.

In actuality, autistic children have a wide range of abilities as well as a wide range of challenges to face and in many cases speech and/or occupational therapy can assist. There are five pervasive developmental disorders. Autism is one of the five disorders. Asperger’s Syndrome is another of the five pervasive developmental disorders as well.

Autistic children do not always have autism. What I mean is the autism spectrum of disorders is quite vast. The child may have Asperger’s Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder and these conditions fall on the autism spectrum of disorders. The confusion lies in the fact that autistic children have a pervasive developmental disorder.

A child can have PDD but not have autism but PDD falls into the autism spectrum of disorders. Confusing, right? I guess that this is fitting considering how very confusion the whole subject really is. Autistic children do not always fall into the stereotyped vision that many people automatically associate with the disorder.

If you are the parent of an autistic child you probably have done considerable research into the topic. There are plenty of resources available and there are many clinical studies under way that will hopefully help to uncover this puzzling developmental disorder.

Early intervention is the key to helping children with autism thrive in their environments. There are a number of different approaches to consider including occupational and speech therapy as well as programs like Wraparound. Parents of autistic children can also find developmental toys and sensory activities that can work wonders for their kids.

For now, the subject of autism and related pervasive developmental disorders is very murky. The best thing parents of autistic children can do is find the help they need as soon as they see the symptoms of autism.