- Name : Cole Robert Linville
- Experience : +10 Years
- Website : http://colelinville.com
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) – Kansas City University
- MBA – Rockhurst University
- Internship – University of Texas at Houston
- PM&R Residency – University of Texas at Houston
- Chief Resident – University of Texas at Houston
- Resident of the Year – University of Texas at Houston
- American Academy of Pain Medicine (2015 – 2017)
- Texas Pain Society (2015 – 2017)
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014 – Present)
- Association of Academic Physiatrists (2014 – Present)
- American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014 – Present)
- American Osteopathic Association (2014 – Present)
Texas Medical Association (2014 – 2017)
What Is Physical Medicine?
In the field of medicine, physical medicine, or physiatry, is the form of medicine that is utilized for someone who has suffered from a spinal cord injury or an amputation due to injury, or other causes. The overall goal of such medical practice is to restore the functionality and the quality of life to the person who has suffered from the spinal cord injury or the amputation.
It’s important to note that such injuries can sometimes be developed due to disease over the course of time. Some people may be born with the condition and still, others may have the condition due to an injury, illness, or some other cause. Regardless of why the goal of such medicine is to enhance that person’s quality of life.
This is done by teaching the patient how to function within their scope of functionality. Often this means learning new ways and methods of doing things as well as the alternative methodology of accomplishing such tasks as tying one’s shoes, driving, and other daily tasks that the patient may have formerly taken for granted.
Physical therapists and others will work closely with the patient to ensure that they are taught how to best use their muscles and body to accomplish daily routine tasks. Treatments may or may not include wheelchairs, prosthetics or other artificial means to enhance the quality of life.
Once the patient has such items they will have to learn how to properly utilize the equipment to the best of their advantage. Some items may work better in some situations. Many patients will have both wheelchairs and a prosthetic. They may use them interchangeably according to which is most practical for the task at hand.
Once the patient learns how to use the equipment to their advantage, they will still need to know how to keep their muscles in top shape so that they are able to successfully utilize their equipment to enhance their quality of life. Some situations are far easier to navigate than others so it may be a matter of practice in the gym or a rehab facility until the patient is comfortable on their own using such equipment.
Some homes are more ready than others for wheelchair ramps and prosthetic use. The patient may have to have some adaptations made to their home or they may require a different house entirely to ensure their safety and the ease of use of such equipment.
Facilitators and physical medicine teams may have groups that can assist the patient in their adaptations. Learning to function with a spinal cord injury or a limb amputation may seem like a daunting task. However, physical medicine is designed to help the patient ease back into the life that they used to enjoy with minimal impact.
Focusing on the quality of life and learning to cope are all part of the physical medicine teams real of work. Each team will be comprised of different professionals that are all their to help the patient adapt to his or her new lifestyle.