As I move toward a professional career in physical therapy, I recognize the importance of working with people to help improve upon their daily life experience. The American Physical Therapy Association’s vision is “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve human experience.” As a future physical therapist, it will be my goal to engage clients with an emphasis on movement in order to heal, rebuild, and rehabilitate.
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Through experience as an Aide in outpatient facilities, working alongside various Physical Therapists has been enlightening. Observing the various techniques of manual therapy and their success has bolstered my excitement to learn them. Additionally, analyzing their evaluation skills and their unique ways of implementing Physical Therapy has helped me in vision myself as a future provider. Further, it is rewarding to get to know the patients and note their progress; the best part is the overwhelming gratitude given for helping patients feel better. In the outpatient setting, the various populations ranging from high school athletes to Geriatrics has demonstrated how to gear physical therapy
The human body contains numerous bones, muscles, and ligaments that allows us to withstand vast amounts of physical activity and movement without getting injured. Although, depending on the activity and the individual, there is a point where the bodies mechanics break down or sprain, causing the individual to experience pain or lack of mobility. The best treatment or rehabilitation in this situation is physical therapy, as opposed to medical drugs or surgical procedures. The technical definition for physical therapy is, “The specialized branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities.” With the advancements of work-out technology in the modern
In the past three years of studying for my undergraduate degree, I have discovered that change is not always a bad thing. Every challenge and test has helped me grow closer to the person that I strive to be. Over the past year I have accepted the challenge of applying for the masters program in orthotics and prosthetics at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Occupational therapist takes a history from the patient by conducting a thorough interview. Questions are asked about hygiene, eating, dressing, getting in and out of bed, driving, cleaning, working and the patients sex life. A physical examination is conducted extensively concentrating on range of motion. Observations of deformities are noted because they may hinder the performance of the patient. The therapist assesses the need for splints or supports which might benefit the patient and helps design specific assistive devices.
Physical therapists play a very important and multifaceted role in health promotion of all individuals. Education may be one of the most important aspects of this role. Most patients are only allotted a set number of therapy sessions before insurance companies will no longer pay for the service. This limited time frame may not be long enough to fully rehabilitate or benefit the patient in a long term manner. Therefore, it is imperative that the therapists provide patients with the resources to be able to continue the therapeutic process on their own. Physical therapists could be described as experts on movement and its health benefits, as well as possible harm caused by different types of movement. This knowledge can be passed on to promote
The severe deformity is best managed by manipulation and serial casting. For best results, this should be performed before an infant reaches 8 months of age. The forefoot is manipulated into the correct position while the hindfoot is supported in the neutral position and a short leg cast is applied. The cast is changed at 1- to 2-week intervals until complete correction has been achieved. Most feet will correct in 6 to 8 weeks. After casting, the foot is maintained in a corrective shoe or an orthosis until the child is walking well.(1,11)In this study, all feet had received a trial of repeated manipulation and casting before the tenotomy procedure but it failed, this was attributed to the older age of patients at the start of manipulation.
This development can be negatively affected by beauty procedures and the process of being a contestant. Firstly, the majority of young female contestants wear high heels during their routines. According to Natalie A. Nevins, an osteopathic physician, extended use of heels, even for adults, can cause chronic pain in the feet, ankles, calves, knees, and back. Wearing heels forces the body forward so in turn the wearer has to lean backward to maintain balance. This accentuates the bust and bottom, however it also puts unnatural pressure on the hips, knees, and ankle joints as well as misaligns the spine. Nevins says; "The change to the position of your spine puts pressure on nerves in the back and can cause sciatica, a condition where nerves become trapped, triggering pain and numbness as far down as the feet". She is also quoted saying, "High heels have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and low back pain." (Nevins, Natalie.) Moreover, a possible danger with the young contestants wearing high heels is the increased risk of sprained ankles. Sprained ankles are not only painful, if left untreated they can lead to a condition called chronic ankle instability. “Left untreated, ankle instability leads to cartilage deterioration with resultant degenerative arthritis. If a ligament does not heal, joint instability occurs and the end-result is arthritis
The family’s goal was to have the child walking around the home independently. They also had concerns about her ability to function in a classroom as she would soon be eligible to begin pre-school. (A wheel chair evaluation was completed towards the end and child fitted for a manual wheelchair). A visit was made to the Prosthetist for a customized “prosthesis” for the Left leg. This was set to accommodate the knee flexion and plantar flexion on the left leg and secured at the waist. At the base were the shank or shaft and a simple foot. The Right foot had a solid Ankle Foot Orthosis with an attempt to correct increased inversion. During this 4 month period, the family missed four visits secondary to moving to new location and an illness. The treatment plan included gait and balance training using the prosthesis, orthotics with and without the walker; transfer training- sit to stand with Orthotic on Right foot; in and out of car transfers; lower extremity strength and range of motion exercises and encouraging safe outdoor excursions. The family was to practice with walking and balance activities with prosthesis at least 20 minutes 3 days a week. She also had an arm tricycle which she was encouraged to use on the weekends while her sibling used their bicycle. Actual practice was once or twice a week for 15- 20 minutes
Prosthetics have been around for centuries, the earliest example of this is a big toe dated back to 950-710 B.C.E.It was found to belong to an Egyptian noblewoman whom not only used for practical reasons, she also used them for social and cultural reasons. From previous research and findings, we know that sandals were a major role in the Egyptian lifestyle so, this big toe did not just finish her as a person, it finished
The clinic I work in sees a wide variety of patients, from the pediatric to the geriatric, all with different reasons for needing physical therapy. Every day that I work has become a learning opportunity for me. I love watching the progress patients make and being a small part of their success. With each session, their confidence grows and they are able to progress to more difficult exercises. While the patients all have different injuries, almost all patients work on balancing exercises. Balancing exercises seem to be the most dreaded in our office because patients are afraid to let go of the bar in front of them. Although I am standing right there to catch them if they fall, they must trust themselves enough to let go of the bar and try to stand upright. The best part of taking a patient through balance exercises is watching their confidence grow. After a few sessions patients start to see the progress they are making and dread balance exercises a little
Once the therapist determines a diagnosis, they will work with the patient and compose a treatment plan that includes short and long-term functional goals. Exercise, traction, manual therapy, ultrasound, electrotherapy, vestibular training, motor learning and development are types of options that a therapist can use for their patient (Brightfind 1). Physical therapists do not only see patients in their private practices but also in hospitals, outpatient clinics, health agencies, schools, nursing homes, sports facilities and different work settings (Bellamy 1). Physical therapy has changed drastically over the centuries; it would be safe to assume that physical therapy has evolved since the first recorded account is from Hippocrates in 460 BC (“History of Physical Therapy”).