It gives me great pleasure to present the March’11 issue of PHYSIOTIMES That focuses on Muskuloskeletal Physiotherapy (MSKPT), Which by far remains the bread and butter for most physios in India. This issue is an attempt to cover the latest and most contemporary practices world over in the field of MSKPT. As a part of tradition to provide the best of information to our readers, this issue features a special coverage on the ongoing IAP Election in the form of the results of a first time Ever Online Opinion Poll conducted by PHYSIOTIMES in association with StEP initiative and Physio Guru. The Survey aimed at spreading awareness in the physio community about the IAP election.
Physio Speaks section features an interview with the doyen of Indian Physiotherapy, Prof. M. G. Mokashi. His years of experience would surely provide valuable insights to the readers. Apart from the regular sections, this issue also introduces a few interactive sections to make the magazine more participative and interesting. Student Corner has a case Example and Students can write back to us with their answers. A Unique Story Writing Competition is announced and I am sure many of you would participate wholeheartedly. Also announced is a special section from the next issue “Meri Aawaz Suno” where we shall publish relevant and meaningful suggestion and innovative ideas received from our readers with regard to the betterment of Physiotherapy profession in India.
Abstract: Musculoskeletal or orthop(a)edic physiotherapy (MSKPT) is the term used to describe the field and/or techniques of physiotherapy, which relates to evaluation and/or treatment of disorders and/or tissues of the musculoskeletal system that includes but not limited to muscles, bones, joints, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and spinal discs. MSKPT had its initial focus primarily on traumatic conditions and injuries both in general and orthopedic clinical practice. The objective o... Read More
The evaluation of foot is probably not an integral part of routine assessment done in Physiotherapy clinics. Even in cases of mechanical pain disorders it is often overlooked or at the most, if performed, then only in the presence of obvious deformities of foot. On the other hand, foot type assessment and treatment focused on modifying foot type has been successfully used by podiatrists. There are a large number of patients with mechanical pains visiting physiotherapists. However, Physiothera... Read More
PHYSIOTIMES in association with StEP initiative (www.stepindia.info) and physic guru (www.physioguru.com) conducted the First ever ONLINE OPINION POLL on IAP Elections 2011-14 from 13th to 21st February 2011 to explore the awareness about forthcoming IAP elections in the physiotherapy communityRead More
How did you become a physiotherapist?- I first thank PHYSIOTIMES for this novel idea to extract something worthwhile. Mukesh, I anticipate your some questions would be directed towards the field of Indian Physiotherapy. I could only answer them in light of my experience in the field. A subjective element is likely to creep in. However, it would be realistic based on my exposure. I joined Physiotherapy; by coincidence. When I applied for physiotherapy in 1958, I hardly knew anything about it. ... Read More
Introduction – Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialist area of professional physiotherapy practice concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. The main aims of musculoskeletal physiotherapy are to reduce pain, maintain/regain joint movement, and maximize function and health-related quality of life without adverse effects, enabling people to cope better with ill health. Traditionally, musculoskeletal phy... Read More
INTRODUCTION: Anomalies of muscle and skin innervations are common. The innervation of the hand frequently differs from the usual description that we can find in text books. Some of these are clinically important, especially in electromyography. Neural anastomosis in the setting of an Ulnar or Median nerve lesion can produce confusing clinical and electrodiagnostic findings. Knowledge of a few common variations is crucial to the clinician in the performance of NCV and EMG studies ... Read More
Pain, pathology or adaptive changes in the Musculoskeletal system result in compensations or adaptations that lead to systemic and predictable patterns of muscle imbalance. This results in chronic pain and disability. “Painful syndromes results from deviations of normal posture in a static spine and painful syndromes also results from deviations of normal functions in kinetic spine”.
Vladimir Janda was one of the most influential physical medicine physicians in the... Read More
The ankle may commonly be injured during normal daily activities, and often secondary to athletic endeavors. In the United States it is estimated that 25,000 ankle sprains occur every day.(1) Overuse injuries of the muscle-tendon unit, resulting from daily activities, sports and military training are a major problem. They account for approximately 30% to 50% of all sports injuries. (2),( 3),
Injuries around the ankle provide an excellent example of how a clinician ... Read More
Shoulder pain and shoulder stiffness is a debilitating condition commonly seen by physiotherapists. In fact shoulder pain and stiffness are the 3rd most commonest musculoskeletal problem, next only to low back pain and neck pain (Urwin et al, 1998). One of the frequently observed problems of shoulder region is frozen shoulder. In my experience Manual Therapy play a major role for identification and treatment of the frozen shoulder. In following I am explaining about the enigmatic condition fr... Read More
This article focuses on exploring the ‘six thinking hat’ technique and how it might help physiotherapists develop a novel way of looking at problems confronting them in their day to day practice. The article also intends to suggest the introduction of ‘six thinking hats’ method of teaching in physiotherapy colleges which, rather than loading students with knowledge, aims to have them use and produce knowledge that develop skills, such as creativity, synthesis, ability ... Read More
Introduction: While health care professionals understandably comprise the main audience for discussions of medical ethics, it does not follow that medical ethics are in practice determined solely by the actions and decisions of health care professionals alone. As in other situations involving ethical decisions in a medical setting, a transaction of sorts takes places between health provider and patient. For example, as health-care professionals, we recognize that optimal decision ... Read More
This section would provide interesting learning material directed to suit the informational needs of under-graduate physical therapy students. This section may be contributed by students or teachers as authors, to provide insights into physical therapeutic education, practice and research. Prospective contributors are welcome to contact the PHYSIOTIMES editorial team for the same. This issue’s students’ corner has a case example followed by questions, the answers of which will be ... Read More
The Alexander Technique Workbook brief description: The Alexander Technique Workbook is a book for everyone who has ever caught sight of themselves in a mirror and suddenly straightened their shoulders or pulled in their abdomen. Most of us stand awkwardly, walk badly and sit slouched. Modern society almost teaches us bad posture, starting with sitting for far too long at school, and eventually it causes damage to physical and mental well-being. Many books about the Alexander Technique are la... Read More