“This is a miracle!”
Due to a long-standing left shoulder problem, Geri needed the most help possible just to reach for her clothes. She also had to have some assistance with getting dressed and undressed. After just two weeks of thermal shortwave diathermy and basic therapies, Geri said, “This is a miracle. I haven’t raised my arm up this high for the longest time.”
For years, Central Baptist Village Resident Geri W. had suffered from issues in her left shoulder, which had become worse over time. Her diagnosis was lateral adhesive capsulitis.
Geri’s pain level was nearly off the charts . . . 9 out of 10 on the Pain Assessment Face Scale. She was also losing mobility in her shoulder, which had a range of motion of only 0 to 60 degrees. As a result, she needed the highest of level of help when reaching for clothes hangers as well as some help with getting dressed and undressed.
Interested in restoring some mobility and reducing her need for help with dressing and household tasks, Geri worked with an occupational therapist at Central Baptist Village. The plan included two weeks of Megapulse® II Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy (PSWD), applied two to three times each week. In addition, the therapist included therapeutic exercise, stretching, joint mobilization, and training.
Geri’s results were remarkable. After two weeks, she could reach for clothing with just a little help, and needed only standby help with dressing. Her pain level was lowered to 6 on the Pain Assessment Face Scale, and her range of motion increased to 0 to 110 degrees, a 40-degree jump. She said, “This is a miracle. I haven’t raised my arm up this high for the longest time.
The occupational therapist reported that, thanks to the tremendous improvements in
Geri’s shoulder mobility and level of pain, they upgraded their goals for the treatment to a higher level. According to the therapist, including thermal shortwave diathermy treatments in the plan were key to helping Geri achieve such great results.
“It was an amazing recovery.”
When Joseph P. was admitted to the rehabilitation program, he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was unable to stand or perform many daily activities. After eight weeks of Patterned Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (PENS) and other therapies, “his spirits were so high that he was joking with the staff!”
Suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Joseph had become weak, and his condition was getting worse. He needed six to eight liters of supplemental oxygen, and any activity left him very short of breath. He couldn’t stand, and he couldn’t get into or out of bed on his own. He also needed complete help with grooming, getting dressed, and eating. Because of his poor health, he was scheduled to start using hospice services.
The centerpiece of the therapy plan for Joseph was Patterned Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (PENS) three to five times a week for eight weeks. In addition, the plan included energy conservation techniques, therapeutic exercises, caregiver education, and gait and balance training.
By the end of therapy, Joseph was a new man. He needed only five liters of supplemental oxygen, with only minimal shortness of breath during most activities. He could get into and out of bed on his own. He could stand with supervision and walk more than 100 feet using a rolling walker, with standby assistance if needed. In addition, he could groom, dress, and eat without help. As his therapy team said, “His spirits were so high by the end of the therapy that he was joking with the staff. It was an amazing recovery!” The therapy manager credited the PENS treatment for helping Joseph address his many challenges.
Perhaps most important, Joseph no longer needed hospice services. In fact, he was able to return home to his wife!