Archive for September, 2017

    Cosmetic Surgical Procedures From Breast Augmentation to Liposuction

    Cosmetic liposuction

    Many people choose to have cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance and build confidence. This includes cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, liposuction, and tummy tucks.

    Some of the Cosmetic Procedures Performed in 2015

    The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported that more than 103,000 women had breast reduction surgery during this year. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this procedure is performed to create breasts that are more proportionate with body size. Given that overly large breasts can cause ba

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    Scientific and Ethical Considerations in Clinical Trials

    Medical research studies

    Before new medications or medical technology and devices can be approved for use, they must undergo extensive clinical trials. Clinical trials establish the safety and efficacy of drugs, treatments and devices. They typically last for years and go through four phases. People who participate in clinical trials are volunteers and patients who must be informed about all aspects of the medication or procedure. Ethical as well as scientific considerations are used to regulate clinical trials.

    Clinical trials: the phases
    The four stages of clinical study begin with experiments or observations on small groups of human subjects for a pilot study. These may involve biomedical or behavior

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    Are Trying to Prepare for a Healthy Pregnancy?

    Orthopedic surgeon

    If we give them a chance, our doctors can provide us with a wealth of information. If we skip annual checkups, however, we may miss out on the opportunities that family physicians can offer. From advise about pregnancy classes to gynecological care to heart services, a family physician is often the gateway to the various services that a woman may need in her life.
    Likewise, if you do not take advantage of the services that a women’s health center offers, you may not find out about pregnancy classes and birthing centers that are available in many locations around the country.
    Unfortunately, an increasing number of Americans are not getting the day to day care they need,

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    4 Effective Treatments for a Weak Bladder

    Exercises for incontinence

    Living with an overactive bladder can be tough. You’ll be glad to know that there are ways to help treat an overactive bladder. Statistics show that urinary incontinence affects nearly 25 million people throughout the United States. It’s understandable to wonder about what treatments are available for an overactive bladder. Learning about certain techniques and products will help you fight against urinary incontinence. Here are four popular treatments for a weak bladder.

    • Scheduled Voiding

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    How To Choose The Right Physical Therapist For You: Part 2

    physical therapy centerIn the last post, we discussed some of the skills you should evaluate when looking for a physical therapist. But in addition to the general skills we discussed previously, it’s important to evaluate the provider’s technical skills as well. Here are some technical skills and credentials to keep in mind when looking for the right physical rehabilitation specialist for you.

    Education
    The first step to evaluating a physical therapy center‘s credentials is to look carefully at their business card or website for the abbreviations after their name. They all have specific distinctions and can help determine how much and what type of education they have. The letters MPT and MSPT mean that the therapist has a master’s degree in physical therapy, but these days, most physical therapists have a DPT — a doctorate of physical therapy.

    As for special certifications, there are also distinct abbreviations to be aware of. A few of the most common specialty areas are OCS (Orthopaedics), WCS (Women’s Health), CCS (Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation), PCS (Pediatrics), GCS (Geriatrics), ECS (Clinical Electrophysiology), SCS (Sports), and NCS (Neurology).

    However, few abbreviations carry more weight than MD — medical doctor.

    Other Distinctions
    In addition to education credentials, professional distinctions should be considered as well. This includes licensure from your state or jurisdiction. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) also has good advice regarding disciplinary actions: “Most PTs and PTAs are highly ethical, competent and caring individuals. Even so, you may see disciplinary actions listed when you verify a license. Sometimes the discipline is for a relatively minor incident such as failure to renew on time; other actions are more serious.”

    Complete Diagnostic Services
    You deserve a health care provider with the resources to identify, diagnose, and treat the source of your pain. Even if an injury or previously known condition has caused your pain, it’s important to choose a provider with the tools to take a closer look at the problem. To properly treat your chronic pain, you may require X-rays and other diagnostic imaging services, which many physical therapists are simply not qualified to offer you. When looking for the right provider, whether you need to treat a sports injury or chronic low back pain, choose a physical therapy center that can provide a complete diagnosis and medical treatment plan.

    There are about 200,000 physical therapists working today, and taking the time you need to conduct research is an investment into yourself and your health. While some injuries do warrant the immediate input of a qualified pain management specialist, it’s a much more worthwhile investment to take the search process slow and steady to get the most you can out of each and every session.

    For more information about our physical therapy centers in Indiana and Michigan, contact Michiana Spine Sports and Occupational Rehab P.C. today.