Physical medicine

Do COPD and Healthy Subjects have Similar Acute Inflammatory Response Induced by Sub-maximum Effort Test?

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physiotherapy impact factorExercise intolerance from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient is intimately related to the survival of these individuals. It is a multifactorial problem in which low degree systemic inflammation and acute inflammatory response to physical effort may present an important role in the individual’s incapacity to meet the high respiratory need. Even outside the clinical decompensation period and in rest, there are high levels of inflammatory cells, cytokines and acute phase proteins in these individuals’ peripheral blood, being the main Interleukin 6 (IL-6), a interleukin 8 (IL-8), tumoral necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and C Reactive protein (CRP).

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Physical Medicine for Health and Recovery

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physical medicine journals impact factorIt was seen that, physical exercise and meditation are the most effective strategy to cope up with daily life stress and anxiety. Even from the ancient documentary evidences, it is established that, health and mind somehow can be regulated by the regular practice of physical exercise and meditation. The rationale of such realization has made ‘physical medicine’ an ‘influential pathway’ to be healthy over any lifestyle circumstances. Various modifications in the main theme of physical exercise have been observed in recent time in the name of ‘Physical therapy’ or ‘Physiotherapy’.

The Effect of Thermacare Heat Wraps on Balance and Mobility in Seniors with Impaired Gait – A Cross Over Study

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physiotherapy journals pdfFalls are one of the most prevalent causes of injury and death in the elderly population. One in every three adults ages 65 and older falls each year. In 2010, 2.4 million non-fatal fall injuries in older adults were treated in emergency rooms and over 22,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries. The length of hospital stay is about twice that of a younger person after a fall. Falls reduce the quality of life by reducing confidence and independence even if people don’t fall due to apprehension alone. The elderly can present with greater postural sway, which is strongly associated with a greater risk of falling.

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Iatrogenic Risk in the Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury among Combat Veterans: A Case Illustration and Commentary

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The assessment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) among combat veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is a major challenge. Recently, clinicians within the United States Veterans Administration Health System have expressed concern for potential iatrogenic disability related to outreach efforts to identify veterans with possible mTBI.

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We describe a veteran with a history of mTBI sustained during combat who underwent repeated examination for cognitive symptoms reportedly due to mTBI, and with variable descriptions of severe peri-trauma characteristics attributed to blast exposure over multiple assessments. Repeat neuropsychological (NP) testing indicated, in general, minimal cognitive impairment and probable invalid performance on testing (e.g., poor effort). The consensus conclusion of several NP examinations attributed his cognitive complaints to psychiatric disturbance, including posttraumatic stress disorder, rather than brain dysfunction. Despite this, the veteran’s treating medical practitioners continued to infer mTBI as a source for his cognitive complaints and self-reported disability.

Group Yoga Therapy Impacts Mood States of Adolescents in a Psychiatric Hospital Setting

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Group Yoga TherapyWith decreased funding for staff, and increased regulatory requirements to prevent seclusions and restraints, psychiatric inpatient units for youth have struggled to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment. With the goal of offering youth alternative strategies for processing or modulating their emotional states, as well as to expose them to normative coping skills that they may choose to continue following an inpatient hospitalization, the psychiatric inpatient units at a large children’s hospital approached this dilemma by integrating a number of complementary and alternative medicine approaches into their milieu therapy, including yoga therapy. In this hospital, a registered children’s yoga teacher, who also had Licensed Professional Counselor status through the State of Colorado, offered 60-90 min group yoga therapy sessions weekly to all patients in the adolescent inpatient unit, the adolescent day treatment program, and the eating disorders program beginning in 2005. Milieu staff could choose to continue to offer videotaped yoga sessions to youth during other less structured times on the units as well.

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Feasibility of Strength-Balance Training Extended with Computer Game Dancing in Older People; Does it Affect Dual Task Costs of Walking?

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journal novel physiotherapies impact factorEven in the absence of overt pathology, motor functioning [cf. International Classification of Functioning (ICF) by the World Health Organisation, Geneva can deteriorate, as is illustrated by the incidence and impact of falls in aging populations. Falls are amongst the most common reasons for medical intervention in older people and their occurrence might initiate a vicious circle that causes fear of falling, nursing home admittance and loss of independence. Falls among older adult populations often occur during walking, and gait dysfunction is included among the many risk factors for falls.

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The Risk of Non-Traumatic Myelopathy in Time Trial (TT) or Downhill (DH) Bike Position

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sports medicine journal impact factorThe time trial (TT) or downhill (DH) position (Figure 1) in cycling, which is different from general riding form, is used in time trial road races or triathlons to decrease air resistance and achieve faster speeds. In the TT or DH position, the rider’s neck is extended and his or her body is strained while racing, and some athletes develop neck pain or headache. Most cases of neck pain may be caused by fatigue due to sustained muscular stress, but there may be some risk of myelopathy in some cases.

Triathlons involve different distances, and there are also many different styles of bicycle; likewise, different athletes have different racing experiences and different body conditions. However, the TT position or DH position is common and many cyclists can use DH bars for faster speed.

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