When to Know if You Need Therapy



Every year, the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation designates a week in September to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists all work together to help individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives.

*When do you need physical therapy?

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee, ankle or foot problems
  • Sprains and muscle strains
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Shoulder problems
  • Problems with balance
  • Hip fractures
  • Incontinence

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in occupational therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability.

*Who should receive occupational therapy?

  • Individuals who have limitations in their abilities to carry out self-care activities
  • Individuals whose strength and endurance are at risk
  • Individuals whose ability to function in the community has been impaired
  • Individuals whose physical, cognitive, or psychological problems prevent them from achieving tasks that are currently meaningful and important to them
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, other chronic conditions, mental health problems including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress

Speech Therapy

Speech language pathology, also known as Speech Therapy, is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech therapy also evaluates and treats neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness.

*Who should receive speech therapy?

  • Individuals that have swallowing difficulties
  • Individuals who have trouble with memory or have increased confusion
  • Individuals who cannot follow simple commands or have trouble understanding
  • Individuals who cannot formulate words and sentences correctly
  • Individuals who have slurred speech, are very hoarse, or strain to talk
  • Individuals who are having trouble reading and writing
  • Individuals that have lip, mouth or tongue weakness, lack of coordination or decreased range of motion


*Please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy treatment.



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When to Know if You Need Therapy

20 Interesting Nursing Facts

The Nursing profession has a very rich history. Numerous personalities, significant events and important statistics fill up the timeline of this great profession.

Here are 20 interesting Nursing facts you may wish to bring along for inspiration.

1. The nurse cap is patterned after a nun’s habit to keep the hair neatly in place. Although this clothing item has long been phased out as it is known to carry pathogens, some countries still use this as part of the female nurses’ outfit.

2. Did you know that Linda Richards was the first nurse to earn a Nursing diploma in the United States? She earned it in 1873 and the proof of her graduation is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

3. The top occupational health concern of nurses is back injury. A survey done in 2011 shows that 59% of nurses are afraid they might have this.

4. James Derham, a black slave, was “owned” by several doctors working as a nurse. He bought his freedom using his nursing salary and he later became the first African- American physician.

5. The first Nursing school was established in India in 250 BC.

6. Did you know that the only US First Lady who helped in Union hospitals during the Civil War is Mary Todd Lincoln? She was a volunteer nurse back then.

7. Japan’s exam for foreign nurses is so difficult that, according to the latest report, it has been passed only by 96 out of 741 test takers in the past five years.

8. The knights who were ordered by Pope Urban II to fight during the crusades became nurses to the ill and wounded. They decided to take this role for good thus they were called the Knight Hospitallers.

9. The term nosocomial which means “hospital acquired” originated from a Latin term “nosocomium” which refers to men who tended the sick in ancient Rome.

10. The first hospital training ground for nurses was established in the Institute of Protestant Deaconesses in Kaiserwerth, Germany in 1846.

11. The UKCC or the United Kingdom Central Council has established the Nurses Registration Act of 1919 that ensures nurses get the proper and high standard of training.

12. According to the World Health Organization, Nepal is one of the countries with the lowest nurse per capita. It only has 5 nurses per 100,000 people.

13. Lucretia Lester was a well-known nurse and midwife who attended to 1,300 deliveries, with only 2 ending up unsuccessful.

14. May 8 is celebrated as the National Student Nurses Day.

15. Home health care demands the highest number of nurses as lots of patients will soon be retiring and this is where a part of their fortune is planned to be spent.1

16. According to the US Department of Labor, as of 2006, there are 709 nursing programs that offer bachelor’s degree and 850 programs that grant associate degree.

17. The number of nursing profession in the US has increased by 7% between 2006 and 2010 amounting to 5,150,780 nursing professionals. Such growth is faster compared to other careers.

18. In order to give recognition to school nurses, January 27 is now celebrated as the National School Nurse Day.

19. The famous poet and essayist Walt Whitman served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His poem entitled “The Wound Dresser” got its theme from his nursing experience in the battlefield.1

20. The first nurse in the New World was Friar Juan de Mena. He looked after those who were ill and was unfortunately deceived and killed.

Hope these information helped you and gave you a little bit of entertainment. Do you have other interesting facts to share?

This article was originally posted on Nurse Buff. To view the full and original article, click here.

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

20 Interesting Nursing Facts