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Physiotherapy - Medical Science - The Physical Way

Dr. Dinesh Sharma

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Physiotherapy Principle
  • Identify the area of fitness that needs improvement
  • Evaluate any health risk factor and test current fitness level
  • Overcome the effects of previous injuries, diseases and disabilities because one has to get better to be fit.
  • Set goals appropriate to one's physical condition, making allowances for disabilities, age and pregnancy.
  • Design the programme to achieve these goals in view of one's time, profession, motivation and access to facilities etc.
  • Monitor the programme with regular testing, posture correction and maintenance exercises, strength development, flexibility, stamina, coordination, training for selected physical/sporting activity and motivation is to be achieved.
Sports Injuries and Physiotherapy
Sports is a vital part of the Indian lifestyle. It provides exercise, social contact, relaxation, competition and promotes good health. It may also cause injuries, many of which can be prevented.

Common injuries: Briuises, ligament sprain and tear, muscle and tendon strain, joint injuries, overuse injuries and stress fractures.

Prevention
  • Correct warm up and warm down exercises
  • Proper stretching exercises
  • Protective strapping in some cases
  • Correct footwear
  • Specific conditioning for a particular sport
  • Good general and aerobic fitness
Paediatrics and Physiotherapy
The primary focus for a physiotherapist is to observe children for their individual strengths and abilities and to promote a functional, quality developmental process. The plan includes prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Impairment, disability and handicap acknowledge their inter-relationship and impact on each other. The physical impairment (e.g. Central nervous system abnormality) directly affects the child physically.

Common Conditions

Club foot, scoliosis, congenital deformities, osteogenesis imperfecta, genetic disorders, Duchanna muscular dystrophy (DMD), Spina bifida occulta, meningocele, meningomyelocele, chromosomal disorders, Down's syndrome, environment related disorders, cerebral palsy etc.

Common Neurological Conditions and Physiotherapy

Neuropyrexia, brain, nerve and spinal cord injuries, headache, migraine post herpetic neuralgia poliomyelitis, residual paresis/palsy, monolegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, quadriplegia, parkinson, athetosis, chorea ataxia, rigidity, encephalopathy, myopathies, bells palsy, cranial nerve palsy, myasthenia gravis, insomnia.

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