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Role of Rehabilitation in COPD Patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a collective term referring to progressive lung diseases. These include emphysema, chronic bronchitis and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. It is chiefly characterised by shortness of breath and a sense of tightness in the chest. People suffering from this disease face relentless hurdles in their everyday life while going about their normal routine. Consequently, medication cannot be the only way to tackle with their life situation. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a way of treating and assisting the patient physically, emotionally and psychologically. The program basically focuses on rebuilding and enhancing the patient’s capability to enjoy their lifestyle smoothly. Pulmonary rehabilitation as a recuperative measure The objective is never to let the disease become a hindrance in their daily life. Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD involves certain activities that may enable the patient to cope better with their breathlessness. These include limb exercises, breathing techniques, dietary plan and imparting full-fledged knowledge about the condition and the accompanying medication. In order to join a pulmonary rehabilitation program, one has to get a referral from their respective doctor. The report should confirm that they are suffering from COPD. Then the patient will collaborate with a team...
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Robotics is Shaping the Future of Rehabilitation

Certain medical injuries can be devastating, and patients often fall back on rehabilitation to cope up with their future. The immense progress in robotic technology has produced positive results for the healthcare industry. It has assisted patients in their journey of rehabilitation and provided the therapists with upgraded tools. Rehabilitation robotics aims to scale the benefits attained by patients during their journey of rehabilitation. This is done using certain robotic devices like exoskeleton. The technology is designed to analyze the patient’s current physical capacity and aids in certain types of training that may extend the capacity further. Rehabilitation robotics signifies the dawn of a new era in the field of healthcare. Patients, who have suffered spinal cord injuries or strokes, can avail the therapy of robotic technology. IS IT UPGRADING THE PROCESS OF REHABILITATION? They are of immense use when it comes to arm therapy. Arm therapy involves arm movements that can restore a patient’s shoulder and arm motor function. With robotic technology, the patient can be administered with various hand movements. The machine judges the condition of the limb and how much pressure should be exerted on a daily basis. Thus, the arm therapy is much more efficient with...
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Medical Management is the Key to Holistic Healing

WHAT IS MEDICAL MANAGEMENT? There has been a marked increase in health care costs in the past couple of decades. People often face financial impediment in accessing quality medical care. Moreover people even become clueless about the plan of treatment and the therapy prescribed to them even after availing a proper health insurance plan. Herein comes the role of medical management. It is an assimilation of processes that enables the deliverance of proper medical care to the concerned person. It involves injury assessment, provision of medical aid and assistance with the nitty-gritties of treatment for a proper recovery. The objective is to ascertain that the right treatment is given to the person in need. Any doubt related to the medical procedure is also resolved. The concerned authorities do clinical evaluation of the patient and also guard them against unwarranted expenditure. BENEFITS OF MEDICAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES Deploying technology: The services of medical management involve the smart use of information technology. With the massive amount of data on patient history and medical treatments available, the concerned patient can be advised accordingly. Analytical tools and predictive modeling further help in guaranteeing the correct treatment and recovery measures to a particular individual. Effective medical...
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How Exoskeleton is Empowering Rehabilitation?

Scientific technology has progressed in leaps and bounds in the past decade. Medical specialists have found solutions for various disabilities and ailments. They have harnessed technology to get productive results for the medical industry. Similarly rehabilitation robotics like exoskeleton has played an immense role in aiding physically impaired individuals. The exoskeleton technology has enhanced the mobility of many disabled people. The healthcare industry has ignited new hopes of physical rehabilitation by the use of robotic exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is a wearable suit that operates with the help of motors, actuators, electromechanical and hydraulic systems. The wearer gradually gets accustomed to the electronic suit and the suit in turn imitates the user’s walk and gait. This kind of rehabilitation robotics has revolutionized the scope of treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries. It has been instrumental in giving them back their proper gait and restoring their unrestricted mobility. The exoskeleton suit is a breakthrough technology for people suffering from lower limb injuries. It has definitely empowered the process of rehabilitation and strengthened the morale of many out there. THE HEALING POWER: An exoskeleton suit is the coming of age technology, paving a hopeful future for patients suffering from paraplegia. Wheelchair-bound people...
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Causes and Prevention of Spinal Cord Injury

As per the most recent statistic, 71% of all spinal case injuries, occur in the age group of 20 to 49 years. This study was conducted by the Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur highlight the fact that almost 79% of these cases come from rural India and a good percentage of them being laborers. In this article, we seek to understand just what Spinal Cord Injuries mean and the steps we can take to heal. What is Spinal Cord Injury? A Spinal Cord, is essentially a mesh of nerves that run on the inside of our vertebral column. It might seem that the Spinal cord controls the voluntary actions of the body but it is interesting to note that it even controls the involuntary actions of the body such as digestion and breathing. Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal Cord injuries can be caused because of various reasons. They are as follows - Sudden falls causing trauma Accidents Spinal tumors Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury Loss of strength Reduced sensation to touch/prick Loss of control over bowel and bladder movements Prevention of Spinal Cord Injury: Here are a few points stressing on the measures that you should adopt to...
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Stroke Prevention Guidelines

Stroke is caused due to partial or complete obstruction of blood flow to a part of the brain, leading to permanent cell death. While a minor stroke might sometimes even go unnoticed, a severe stroke can have permanent and even life-threatening consequences for the patient. Signs of a stroke include weakness on one side of the body, loss of control, tingling or numbness of your facial muscles, severe headaches, loss of vision and an unsteady gait. Given how severe the symptoms of stroke can be, stroke prevention is considered essential by medical experts. While you may be genetically predisposed to being at high risk of suffering a stroke, there are certain lifestyle-related factors at play too. While the genetic causes of stroke can’t be controlled, you can definitely make efforts for stroke prevention by making certain changes to your lifestyle. Following are a few stroke prevention steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling prey to the causes of stroke: Maintain healthy body weight Obesity is a silent killer – it comes with a whole set of complications including high blood pressure and diabetes, which increase your chances of suffering a stroke. Your stroke prevention efforts must begin...
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Life after stroke with Physiotherapy

A stroke is the sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow of an artery to the brain. After a stroke life for a patient becomes very complex. Life after stroke comes with its own set of complexities. They have long-term difficulties with walking, getting out of a chair, climbing stairs. To deal with life after stroke, the patient is usually prescribed physical therapy. However, stroke physiotherapy must begin as early as possible. Based on many studies, patients who began stroke physiotherapy right after a short time of their stroke recovered faster and got back to their independent life sooner. The goal of post-stroke physiotherapy is to lead life on one’s own terms. So, how is life after stroke with physiotherapy? Let’s find out. Usually, a rehabilitation facility will assess the patient’s condition and then schedule a customised program for rehabilitation. Stroke physiotherapy differs for each patient. Usually, life after stroke with physiotherapy means to relearn old skills. A stroke physiotherapy program may not be able to totally reverse the effects of your stroke, but it can help you regain your independence and recover some of what was lost. A stroke can...
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How does physiotherapy help in rehabilitation?

Physiotherapy rehabilitation, also known as physical therapy or physical rehabilitation, is a scientific approach to treating diseases, injuries and deformities through physical treatments such as heat treatments, targeted exercises, counselling and other medicated therapies. This form of treatment is becoming more and more popular as, unlike drugs or surgery, it bears no adverse impact on your body. In fact, physiotherapy rehabilitation is recommended for patients recovering from joint pains, traumas and intensive surgeries to help them attain complete recovery. Physiotherapy rehabilitation can be availed by people of all age groups. It is effective in pain management, recovering faster from injuries and surgeries and help cope better with long-term conditions like COPD. It also plays a crucial role in preparing for physically strenuous activities like childbirth or running a marathon. It’s practiced by a trained physiotherapist who works closely with patients in understanding their chief complaints and accordingly come up with a rehabilitation plan that caters to their needs in the most effective way possible. Based on the patient’s past medical history and present physical condition, a physiotherapist can design customised physical rehabilitation plan for the individual to help them regain complete physical functionality. Physiotherapy rehabilitation may involve hands-on treatments by...
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