Dana Goldman Instructor: Malcolm Campbell English 1103 April 4, 2012 Peer Reviewed by Khadijah Toure Web 2.0; Physical Therapy Definition of web 2.0; The second generation of the World Wide Web in which user content is user- generated and dynamic, and software is offered that mimics desktop programs.(Dictionary.com). Web 2.0 is changing how careers work across the world, it is “about revolutionary new ways or creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online”(web 2012). 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 and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. It is appropriate ranging from infants born with musculoskeletal birth defects; having to do with the muscle or skeleton or adults suffering from after affects of injury or surgery (MediceneNet.) If it wasn’t for the new inventions, physical therapy would not be where it is at today. Because of Web 2.0 therapist are now able to help patient’s better recover from injuries like cameras watching their body move, web cameras to help patient’s and therapist communicate no matter they may be. There are also groups on social networking sites which let people connect with different companies, therapist and other people interested in the field who may be all over the world.
One of these inventions which I found on Youtube( International Physical Therapy Expert) is a primesense camera. The camera is like a webcam which is a digital camera capable of downloading images to a computer for transmission over the internet or other network(answeres.com). “This video demonstrates a user being tracked with the Primesense camera to articulate movement of an articulated stick figure, while Dr. Carolee Winstein Director of the University of South California Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (NIDRR-funded RERC) fields questions about 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 the arm, leg, wrist, etc. and whether or not it is moving as it is supposed to. The movement of all the other 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 a physical therapist.) This camera can help a patient fell more secure while receiving their therapy, because instead of a patient sitting on a machine and a therapist starring at them to make sure
they are doing the exact movement they are supposed to the therapist will be watching the image shown on the screen by the PrimeSense camera. It would be very helpful for a patient that may be insecure for one reason or another. Original web cameras have also helped to improve communication between therapist and patients. Now that web cams are also on smart phones you can literally talk to someone almost anywhere and anytime. You just simply have to log onto a site through your phone or if you have an iphone just call someone from your contacts and you will be able to have a face to face conversation. For example, if a therapist must go out of town for business but they have a patient who has just recently been injured they will be able to talk to one another and show each other problems that may be occurring with the injury and the therapist will be able to show a patient what they may need to do to help themselves. This will also improve physical therapy from a business stand point. For instance, if someone is the owner of a therapy office and they have to go out of town for any reason they will still be able to talk to their employees to guide them in what to do. Without web 2.0 most of these means of communication would not be possible, which would cause a lot of problems in the business field. A long with inventions there are also social networking sites which have groups that allow for communication between therapist, people aspiring to become therapist and physical therapy companies. One of these groups is “Physical Therapy Nation” 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 active clinicians”(PhysicalTherapyNation) people who are students at a university or college can join this site and will have to opportunity to if they choose to subscribe to the site and they will be able to watch videos of therapist working with patients in a play by play form. Because the site is for both students and physical
therapist you can discuss questions you may have or maybe an interesting fact that you have found out. Study guides are also available on this site for students to study if they may be confused or have an upcoming test in class and you do not know some of the information you needed to, this can be your last minute help line. Along with just this group social networking sites allow for different physical therapist business to keep in contact even if they are across the world. These sites also help to promote different physical therapist offices by showing their business online to anyone needing therapy, the sites will also show reviews which would promote the physical therapist office even more. “Today, the internet and smart phones allow you to have information in an instant. These technological advances can also help you become a better physical therapist by making reference material available to you when you need it most”(putmebacktogetherteam). As stated in the quote smart phone applications are improving the careers of physical therapist. There is a huge range of what applications are offered “10,000 apps in the medical, health care, and fitness categories”(putmebacktogetherteam). They range from statistics on which therapist is the best to an application which provides you with the rhuematoric scale. These applications can become very helpful anytime a therapist might forget any type of important information, most of the time they will be able to find an app on their phone which will be able to help them in some way.
(Applications like this from techweb.com are available for smartphones) Physical Therapy software has also proved many improvements for the physical therapy field. “Web 2.0 is shaping business solutions in many fields today, including physical therapy” (isnare.com.) As I stated earlier this software allows for people to interact no matter where they are or what they may be doing (isnare.) The software which would not be possible without web 2.0 let’s people pay their payments online, change an appointment they made with a therapist, etc. This also helps when therapist to control their work especially when they own their own business, this software allows them to organize all of the information for different patients, business work, employees, etc.
Surprisingly video games are now being used as a way of therapy, for children and even older adults. The Wii is the most popular game by choice of doctors and physical therapist (healthyliving). Although the Wii console resembles that of what the PrimeSense camera does, the console is not used in the same way that the camera is. The game even helps with arthritis which is the inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling and stiffness.(freedictionary.) By using the Wii it helps the “movement of joints which promotes strength by stretching tendons and muscles”(livinghealthy.) As stated by healthy living, “The Wii uses motor sensor controls which means the gamer has to move around in order to play the game.”(healthyliving) This will help the different parts of a patients injuries in a fun nonrhetorical way, instead of sitting on a machiene doing the same repetitive movements a patient will get to enjoy their physical therapy playing games. The Wii helps greatly with rehabilitation too. As stated in the article by Healthy Living “North Carolina says the Wii improved endurance, strength, and coordination in physical therapy patients”(healthyliving.) As shown in the picure
below, even older patients are able to use the Wii as a means of help for arthritis.
(healthyliving.) Because of the now avaliable technology which allows physical therapist to do a lot of reasearch. There are two therapists from the press of the University of Toronto which have discovered that motor-skilss which is the ability to preform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that
produce movement; fine motor skills are small movements like writing and tying shoes, gross motor skills are large movements like walking and kicking(dictionary.com.) Unlike most of the inventions, this mostly benefits people with long term physical problems such as someone who has Cerebral Palsy which is a disorder of movement muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most likey before birth(mayoclinic) or Muscular Dystrophy which is a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage, this causes muscles to become weaker patients who suffer from the disorder to eventually need a wheel chair(mayoclinic.) But this study would allow for therapists to to coordinate certain body parts with the motor-skills that a person would also need help with; this is especially useful with growing children. The article says that researchers and therapist base this off of three elements of motor control which are the task;what goal someone is trying to reach, the enviornment; what area the patient is trying to reach their goal in, and the acual individual or patient(UniversityofToronto.) The authors of the article explained how they came to the conclusion of physical therapy helping motor skills. The two authors went to a play ground and would watch a child preform a task as simple as climbing the latter of a slide. As the child climbed the two therapists would watch very closely to which parts of the body the child would use the most to help them get to the top of the latter, whether he or she would use the upper part or lower part of their body more. After watching a child climb of the latter by themselves the two therapist would then step into the picture and as the child is trying to climb up the latter, both therapists would have the child also focus on the other children around them not only on the latter. This showed how the child was having to also use their motor-skills to help them get to the top of the latter, while being distracted(UniversityofToronto.)
Without Web 2.0, none of the previous inventions would have been possible. Web 2.0 has helped in physcial therapy, to help therapist and researchers in finding new ways to help patients heal in a more efficent and fun way than the past. With the use of Web 2.0, physical therapy is going to continue to grow and benefit even more as the world turns more and more to technology.
Dear Dana, your paper looks fine! I think it’s really cool how web 2.0 has greartly contributed to the evolutiton of Phyisical Therapy. I’ve noticed on your works cited page you didn’t cite the medium from where you obtained the information? I thought I saw that as a requirement on OWL for pretty much all sources being cited. I may be worng but I definiteyl think you sould go back and check and let me know! Your paper is very interesting and has tons of new informaiton that I haven’t even heard of yet. Except for a few run-on sentences and grammer errors, your paper is definintely a good one. Also, I think you should look at the in-text citations. You have the same source cited in the text more than once but two of them are different from each other.
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