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Physical Disability by Mind Map: Physical Disability
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Physical Disability

Medics

Generally focus on symptoms and signs

They may notice loss of function

Not usually in the role of evaluating impact of loss of function

Make a fundamental assumption that symptom relief leads to improvement of function

Tend to focus on function of

Limbs

Organs

Joints

Structures

Pain

They aim for pain relief

However pain relief does not guarantee improved function

Lung related

Shortness of breath

pain

risk of pneumothorax

Limb functions

Has to be referenced against accepted normal values for age, gender, race etc. 

Limitations

Pain

Stiffness

Grinding

Lack of nerve function

Lack of brain function, Parkinson's dz, Dementia

Movement

degree of bending

degree of movement

Weightbearing

Endurance

Amount

Frequency

Heart related

Physical pain or discomfort

Palpitations

Thrombotic

Shortness of breath

Sexual

Decreased libido

Erectile problems

Vaginismus

Nervous problems

Psychiatric

Remedial improvements

Physiotherapy

Pain relief

Pain drives people to do something about it

But some people avoid pain relief

Alternative treatments

Acupuncture

Aromatherapy

Hopi ear candles

Osteopathy & Chiropractic, Talk to Simon Singh

Shiatsu

Pain relief?

How is potency of pain killer measured?  How does a potent pain killer work for an individual? How do you evaluate it?  All you have is the patients word?

Strong pain killers?

Weak pain killers?

Medication

What's a 'strong' dose?

Be careful with the numbers they may mean little.  Big numbers can mean poor compliance!!

What factors affect dose?

Age

Weight

Sex

Smoking or not?

Other medications

Lifestyle

Genetics

Diet

Duration of treatment