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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

What Orthopedic Rehab Has To Offer

by Francisco Arnold

Orthopedic rehab can help you with regards to a large number of problems. You can educate yourself on some of the many types of things orthopedic rehab services can help you with and the ways in which it can help by reading this article.

Orthopedic rehab helps with many injuries and conditions

The list of injuries and conditions that orthopedic rehab can help with include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Bone breaks
  • Bone fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Ligament tears
  • Muscle tears
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Post-op healing
  • Spinal injuries
  • ACL injuries or post-op healing
  • Bone, tendon, ligament, and joint post-surgery healing
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Sciatic nerve damage

 Orthopedic rehab can include many types of treatments

When you start treatment with an orthopedic therapist, they will evaluate your needs through a complete exam and by reviewing your medical records. Once they have a clear picture of your condition and your specific needs, a plan will be created which will detail the treatments they intend to use on you and other information regarding helping you achieve your physical goals.

There are many treatments that can be used depending on your needs. Some of the different treatments that orthopedic rehabs make use of quite often can include things like applying a special orthopedic tape to help stabilize a specific part of the body, using electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and inflammation, using deep heat to help with pain control, custom fitting clients for orthotics, manual therapy to improve flexibility and mobility, stretching exercises to help with flexibility and mobility, treadmill exercise to help improve mobility, massages to improve blood flow and decrease pain, alternative methods like acupressure and acupuncture to help relieve symptoms, targeted exercises to help improve weakness and instability, and ultrasound to help with pain and inflammation.

Orthopedic rehab can restore independence and improve quality of life

As you continue with your orthopedic rehab treatments, you will see improvements. Some people will see improvements sooner than others, but improvements will come. These improvements can help you to experience less pain, help you to be able to do more things on your own without assistance from people or medical aids, help you to once again be able to do things you enjoy that you haven't been able to anymore, and in many cases, help you to heal much faster and more completely than you could have expected to without help from the orthopedic rehab therapist.

For more information, contact a company like Beat Physical Therapy