Dehydration

WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE NECT CHAPTER OF DIABETES MANAGEMENT, LET’S KEEP TALKING ABOUT INCONTINENCE

Chronic management of urinary incontinence can lead to many issues like infection and hospitalization if it doesn’t account for fluid balance! Let’s talk I’s and O’s!
#physicaltherapy #incontinence #chronicdisease

Chronic Disease Part 1: Heart Failure

Time for a warmup! NEW POST on Diabetes incoming!
To get ready, let’s take a look at all the ways Rehab providers can participate in Chronic Disease Management! First look: Heart Failure

Emergency Response Screening

I hope, at this point, you’ve all heard of the FAST acronym for identifying signs of a cerebrovascular accident (aka stroke). My in-laws even have a magnet on their fridge with a great comic strip describing the FAST acronym. I have run in to a couple different versions of it in the last few years,Continue reading “Emergency Response Screening”

Exercise-Induced Hypertension

Have you ever had patient exercising during your treatment session and taken their blood pressure only to find that is has shot up pretty high? They didn’t have symptoms of high blood pressure so you rested them and it came right back down. But, then you find that it keeps happening… What does this mean?Continue reading “Exercise-Induced Hypertension”

Blood Pressure Basics

Are you taking the blood pressure and heart rate of EVERY patient you see for a new evaluation? How about for every visit? A recent survey of over 1800 Outpatient PTs showed that although 51% of PTs reported that over half their caseload had risk factors for hypertension and cardiovascular disease, only 14% of themContinue reading “Blood Pressure Basics”

So Now COVID-19 Results in Strokes (and other neat things about ACE2 receptors)

We can basically thank our old friend sepsis for the presentation of strokes in patients with COVID-19. This virus has changed so much and so frequently since it landed stateside, but there was evidence from its China days that neurological involvement was implicated. Initially, though, it all started in the lungs. We talked about thisContinue reading “So Now COVID-19 Results in Strokes (and other neat things about ACE2 receptors)”

Orthostasis

“Whoops! Down I go! I thought I was going up, but apparently not!” I have heard this many times. Sometimes I hear it from the people around me just generally throughout the day. They black out or see stars or feel “whoozy” or report being lightheaded when they stand up from the couch or getContinue reading “Orthostasis”