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Electrical Stimulation in Pain Management

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jan 24, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Pain is common in the geriatric population leading to a rapid decline in cognition and function with the eventual need for assistance and potential institutionalization. While opioids are often used to treat pain, their side effects are now well established. In therapy, multimodal non-pharmacologic pain management interventions are effective at improving clinical outcomes.

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip

Dementia Care With Advanced Rehab Technology: Goal-Oriented Activity

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Dec 20, 2022 1:00:00 PM

As dementia progresses, the ability to think clearly and function independently becomes impaired. Traditional therapy becomes increasingly difficult in this population and goal-oriented rehab with biofeedback may be a key factor in improving function.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Fall Prevention Using Virtual Reality (VR) for Breathing and Balance Exercises

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Sep 29, 2022 7:30:00 PM

According to the CDC, more than 25% of older adults fall each year. Muscle strength and balance decline with aging which can lead to falls and diminished quality of life.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip

Effective Alternatives for Pain Management Using Virtual Reality and Breathing Therapy

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Aug 23, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Acute and chronic pain are prevalent in the United States and can affect an individual’s mobility, function, and independence. According to the CDC, approximately 20% of the adult population suffers from chronic pain. Opioids including oxycodone, tramadol, and fentanyl are among medications often taken for acute and chronic pain. However, opioids have numerous side-effects, are highly addictive, and can lead to overdose and death. Non-pharmacologic alternatives are recommended to address pain and can play a role during the weaning process from opioids.

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip

Improving ADLs in Chronic Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 25, 2022 1:15:00 PM

According to the CDC, 78% of adults over 55 in the U.S. have one or more chronic conditions. The ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as transfers, dressing, and bathing along with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning informs healthcare professionals regarding the individual’s level of independence. With chronic conditions such as COPD, chronic heart failure, stroke, and diabetes, individuals may have dyspnea, weakness, and poor aerobic capacity which in turn may lead to impaired ability to perform ADLs and IADLs.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Addressing Frailty with Advanced Rehab Technology

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 21, 2022 1:44:29 PM

Aging results in a loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and a decrease in muscle strength, which can lead to functional impairment and frailty. Research highlights the impact of frailty on individuals and how exercise and rehab technology may counteract this decline.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Ventilatory Strategies for Cardiopulmonary Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Apr 20, 2022 12:43:08 PM

Individuals with cardiopulmonary conditions often present with dyspnea, severe weakness, poor endurance, limited mobility, and decreased activity tolerance. As their disease state progresses, their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) declines, ultimately leading to a loss of independence. A therapy plan of care that includes breathing exercises, energy conservation techniques (e.g., paced activity, assistive device, task planning), and ventilatory strategies may improve the individual’s breathing and functional performance as well as help maintain independence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Comprehensive Approach to Wound Healing

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jan 21, 2022 1:27:31 PM

Wounds are typically managed with standard nursing care including maintaining a clean wound bed and appropriate dressings and medications. Therapeutic interventions including biophysical agents can be used to directly facilitate and accelerate wound healing. Factors such as pressure, pain, and contracture may delay wound progression or cause wounds to reoccur. Addressing these adjunctive factors related to the wound provides the best overall approach to wound management and limits the risk of reoccurrence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Wound Management

Ventilatory Strategies for Cardiopulmonary Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Dec 15, 2021 12:27:03 PM

Individuals with cardiopulmonary conditions often present with dyspnea, severe weakness, poor endurance, limited mobility, and decreased activity tolerance. As their disease state progresses, their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) declines, ultimately leading to a loss of independence. A therapy plan of care that includes breathing exercises, energy conservation techniques (e.g., paced activity, assistive device, task planning), and ventilatory strategies may improve the individual’s breathing and functional performance as well as help maintain independence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Dementia Care With Advanced Rehabilitation Technology: Exercise

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Nov 29, 2021 3:21:40 PM

According to the CDC, dementia affects one’s ability to remember, think, and make decisions that impact daily activities and safety. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia accounting for 60-80% of cases. As dementia progresses to increased levels of memory loss and confusion, the individual becomes more sedentary and frail. Rehabilitation in this population should be tailored to patient needs addressing cognition, strength, gait, balance, endurance, and function.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

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