Forms Of Minimally Invasive Therapy

Forms Of Minimally Invasive Therapy

           Minimally invasive therapy has become a set of buzz words in many medical communities and for good reason. Minimally invasive procedures help treat various ailments that patients may experience without requiring the patient to be fully opened up in surgery. This is an important advancement because it allows for less chance of infection, or any other risks that occur during major surgery, thus making it safer for the patient. There are a variety of different minimally invasive therapies that exist: some that have been around for decades and others that have only come around in the last decade. Oftentimes, a combination of these various forms of therapy is key to getting patients the best results.


Physical Therapy

           Physical therapy is considered a minimally invasive therapy approach because it does not require opening the patient’s body in order to treat the patient. During physical therapy, patients undergo manual manipulation by their physical therapist. In addition, patients are typically given stretches and exercises to perform at home to help their ailment. In some cases, physical therapy may be prescribed before undergoing more invasive procedures. This can help patients avoid surgery or push it further down the road. In addition, physical therapy may also be prescribed after undergoing surgery in order to help the patient regain strength.


Occupational Therapy

           Occupational therapy is another minimally invasive therapy approach that can help patients suffering from a variety of ailments. Occupational therapy involves helping patients use fine motor and cognitive skills to help them reach their goals an work around an ailment they may be suffering from. It is non-invasive and does not require the patient to undergo surgery but can still improve the patient’s quality of life.


Steroid Injections

           Steroid injections are a minimally invasive therapy that has helped many people. Steroid injections are typically used for patients suffering from some sort of joint pain. This can be a result of various forms of arthritis, ligament and tendon tears, or other forms of injury or natural wear and tear on the body. During steroid injection, some form of steroid is loaded into a syringe, often guided by ultrasound, and injected into the afflicted area. 

           Steroid injections pose only a small risk to the patient since they do not require the patient to be fully open. In addition, injection of steroid medication directly into the damaged area can help to minimize swelling and pain and is more effective than patients taking oral steroids.


Stem Cell Therapy

           Stem cell therapy is the newest form of minimally invasive therapy. During stem cell therapy, patients are given an injection of stem cells into the afflicted area. These stem cells help the body to harness their natural healing powers and speed up the healing process. Stem cell therapy is unique in that it can be used to treat a wide range of ailments and poses very little risk to the patient. Stem cell therapy is still very new in the grand scheme of things and it seems as though every day scientists are finding new applications for the therapy. Stem cell therapy has been found to greatly improve the quality of life for patients who have undergone the procedure. 

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