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Final Composition

Final Composition

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Dana GoldmanInstructor: Malcolm CampbellEnglish 1103April 4, 2012 
Physical Therapy & Web 2.0 Intertwined
What is web 2.0? Web 2.0 is the second generation of the World Wide Web in whichuser content is user- generated and dynamic, and software is offered that mimics desktopprograms
(Dictionary.com.)
Web 2.0 is changing how careers work across the world; it is
“about
revolutionary new ways of creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated contentonline
(web 2.0
). It has greatly changed the career which I want to pursue; physical therapy.Physical Therapy is a branch of rehabilitation that uses specially designed exercises andequipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical Therapy rangesfrom infants who are born with musculoskeletal birth defects; having to do with the muscle orskeleton, to adults suffering from after affects of injury or surgery
(MediceneNet)
. If it
weren’t
 for the new inventions, physical therapy would not be where it is at today. Because of Web 2.0therapists are now able to help patients better recover from any physical injuries by using newtechnologies like cameras watching their body move, web cameras to help patients and therapistscommunicate no matter they may be. There are also groups on social networking sites which letpeople connect with different companies, therapist and other people interested in the field whomay be all over the world.
 
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One of these inventions which I found on YouTube (
Youtube.com
) is a PrimeSensecamera. The camera is like a webcam which is a digital camera capable of downloading imagesto a computer for transmission over the internet or other network 
(webcam)
.
“This video
demonstrates a user being tracked with the Primesense camera to articulate movement of anarticulated stick figure, while Dr. Carolee Winstein, Director of the University of SouthCalifornia Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (NIDRR-funded RERC) fields questionsabout the impact of this sensor system on the future of virtual rehabilitation
(“International 
Physical Therapy Expert 
.”)
 
While tracking the body movements, a therapist is able to watch the joints of a person especially well. They will be able to see exactly where the joint is bending thearm, leg, wrist, etc. and whether or not it is moving as it is supposed to. The movement of all theother extremities is also seen but the joints are the most prevalent.(This picture is from
 Zombiegamer.com
, the camera works in the same way as it would for aphysical therapist).This camera can help a patient feel more secure while receiving therapy. Instead of apatient sitting on a machine while a therapist stares at them to make sure they are doing the exact
 
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movement they are supposed to, the therapist will be able to watch the image which is projectedon a screen through the PrimeSense camera. This could be very helpful for a patient that may be
insecure or who may distrust doctors, the camera will reassure them that there is a “second pair of eyes” so to say meaning that not only the doctor is watching them the camera wil
l also showthem what is going wrong or right.Web cameras have also helped to improve communication between therapist and patients.Now that web cameras are also in smart phones, people are able to talk to someone almostanywhere and at anytime. It is as simple as logging onto a website or looking through yourcontacts and you will able to have a face to face conversation. This is very useful for travelingtherapists, if he or she must go out of town for business, but they have a patient who has justrecently been sent to physical therapy the patient will be able to communicate with one anotherand show each other problems and solutions that may be occurring with the injury. This will alsoimprove physical therapy from a business stand point. For instance, if someone is the owner of atherapy office and they have to go out of town for any reason they will still be able to talk totheir employees to guide them in what to do while being away. Without Web 2.0 this means of communication would not be possible.Along with these inventions social networking sites, has allowed for communicationbetween therapist and any person aspiring to become a physical therapist, through groups onthese sites.
One of these groups is “Physical Therapy Nation,” which is a group on
Facebook,
 
this site says it has made a “revolutionary new concept in the sharing of evidence based
information and knowledge worldwide among both physical therapy students and activeclinicians
(PhysicalTherapyNation) people who are students at a university or college cansubscribe to this site and will have the opportunity to be able to watch videos of therapist

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