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Motor Development [electronic resource]

Abnormal motor development in special-needs children requires specific skills for caregivers. This program presents positioning and handling techniques for both the hypertonic profile child, one who is easily over stimulated and has stiffening of the limbs, and the hypotonic profile child, who has flaccid muscle tone and decreased movement. Positions are discussed for sleeping, handling, and playing to encourage the development of basic motor skills.
2006; 1992

Osteoporosis [electronic resource]: New Treatments for Bone Loss

Osteoporosis eats away at bones, leaving them dangerously weak-and there is no specific age group, gender, or ethnicity that is immune from it. What causes such debilitating deterioration, and what can be done to resist it? This program describes the symptoms of osteoporosis while providing information on medications such as raloxifene, Fosamax, Actonel, and calcitonin. The importance of good nutrition and regular exercise as preventive measures is emphasized.
2006; 2000

Overcoming Problems of Locomotion [electronic resource]

For people with disabilities, the great enemy is depression and a feeling of helplessness, which is why preserving some means of simply getting around is so important. This program looks at ways individuals with disabilities and their caregivers can overcome problems of physical mobility. Using clear-cut demonstrations and excellent computer graphics, the program illustrates techniques of lifting and moving a patient. The basic types of wheelchairs and devices for assisting in walking are also shown and evaluated. The importance of skin care and types of beds are discussed for prevention of pressure sores.
2006; 2000

Freedom of Movement [electronic resource]: Rheumatism Therapy of the Future

Insights into immune system disorders are unlocking new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Many of these innovative approaches are explored in this program, such as experimental drugs that suppress messenger proteins, treatments to regenerate cartilage through the use of stem cells, and the cultivation of chondrocyte cells in the lab. The program looks at detection and treatment of reactive arthritis, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and the development of synthetic cartilage. A Deutsche Welle Production.
2006; 2001

Hand, Foot, and Nail Care [electronic resource]

Ironically, the parts of the body we use the most also tend to be the most neglected, medically speaking. As we age, it becomes more and more important to address the wellbeing of our hands and feet, and in caring for the elderly it is vital to give attention to these frequently overlooked areas. This program identifies common hand and foot health problems, explains the changes that occur in aging hands and feet, and illustrates techniques for keeping these extremities functioning well. Rheumatoid arthritis, hand and foot exercises, topical and dermatological skin care, nail maintenance and warning signs in fingernails, and the benefits of hand and foot massage are all discussed. Designated for 2 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Osteoporosis [electronic resource]: What Every Woman Needs to Know

This program introduces viewers to osteoporosis through a scenario involving a post-menopausal Caucasian woman who has never given birth and has a family history of severely depleted bone density. Topics include the wide spectrum of risk factors, diagnostic procedures, and approaches to osteoporosis management through dietary supplements, moderate weight-bearing exercise, hormone replacement therapy, and bone-restorative medications. Measures that can be taken by younger women who have not yet reached peak bone mass are discussed as well.
2011; 2005

Moving on With Disabilities: Episode 1 [electronic resource]

This program presents a disability simulation in which an all-star football player learns to deal with some of the day-to-day physical challenges faced by single-arm amputees. In addition, two enabling activities are featured: golfing at a course designed specifically for wheelchair users, who compete using specialized clubs and adapted carts, and cruising on a motorcycle ingeniously customized for paraplegics. Also, the importance of wheelchair-friendly sidewalks and street crossings is stressed, and the DynaMyte touch screen communication device for people with speech impairments is demonstrated.

Moving on With Disabilities: Episode 2 [electronic resource]

Inclusion is essential to anyone's feelings of well-being. In this program, skiing using innovative equipment developed for paraplegics and amputees and playing junior ice hockey competitively with a specially engineered prosthetic arm are shown. In addition, self-esteem is addressed through a boy who decorated his prosthetic leg with a decal of his favorite movie character; disability-friendly etiquette is highlighted; and a victim of rape who has a mental disability courageously speaks out-in court.

Moving on With Disabilities: Episode 3 [electronic resource]

In this program, the issues of body image and self-acceptance are considered first by a teenager with a neurological disorder preparing for her first prom and then by a group of adults who first became disabled later in life. In addition, the need to improve attitudes and eliminate prejudices that can come between people with different types of disabilities is discussed; yoga modified for paraplegics and people with MS is spotlighted; and a quadriplegic man achieves his long-time dream of operating his own farm.

Moving on With Disabilities: Episode 4 [electronic resource]

This program takes a detailed look at a condition that can re-disable survivors of polio later in life: post-polio syndrome. Two case studies shed light on its symptoms, effects, and treatment. Three additional segments focus on Mike Nemesvary, the first quadriplegic to drive around the world unassisted; the Adult Connections in Education initiative at the University of Prince Edward Island, which offers people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience college life; and a man who formed a personal support team from his circle of friends to help him retain a high level of independence in the face of his advancing MS.

Moving on With Disabilities: Episode 5 [electronic resource]

This program confronts competing issues of athlete safety and discrimination through the cases of two wheelchair runners training at the University of Alberta's indoor track at the Butterdome. The program also applauds two classic movies-My Left Foot and Born on the Fourth of July-for defying typical Hollywood stereotyping while decrying the portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in Shine as a disservice to people who have mental illnesses. Two additional segments skewer a number of myths about people with disabilities and profile the sport of competitive fencing as modified for paraplegics.

Stem Cells Repair [electronic resource]

This video segment introduces Ryan Ogden who recently had reconstructive knee surgery and is about to become the first Australian to receive an injection of donor stem cells in the knee to prevent osteoarthritis. Injecting stem cells into the legs of horses has proved a resounding success, and now it is Ryan's turn to take part in this revolutionary trial aimed at helping arthritis patients.

What Is Tennis Elbow? [electronic resource]

I'm Dr. Alan Greene, and let's talk for a moment about tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is a kind of tendonitis. It's an inflammation and injury to the tendons usually on the outside of the elbow. Tendons are those fibrous bands that connect the muscle into the bone. When those tendons get damaged, as they often can in racquet sports or also in baseball, sometimes overusing a screwdriver, a lot of ways you can do it, we typically call it tennis elbow or tendonitis. How do you prevent it? When you are playing tennis one of the most important things is to avoid putting too much stress on that tendon on the outside of the elbow. The problem usually comes with your backhand. So if you do a two-handed backhand, you can greatly reduce the stress. You can also reduce the stress by using a racquet [...]

Dealing With Degenerative Disk Disease [electronic resource]

Degenerative disk disease is not really a disease at all, but the result of aging, injury, or physical activity. Nonetheless, the condition can be both painful and debilitating, and by late middle age, most people exhibit some degree of spinal disk deterioration. This program profiles two patients with lumbar DDD-one an office worker, the other a firefighter-who get relief through two entirely different courses of treatment. The first opts to address the symptoms with physical therapy and a form of acupuncture called intramuscular stimulation, while the second decides to eliminate the root cause of the discomfort with disk replacement surgery. The importance of early diagnosis is emphasized.
2009; 2008

Chiropractic [electronic resource]

Is chiropractic care more than just "back cracking"? In this program, Dr. Kevin Soden explores the practice of chiropractic medicine, and its theory that the body can heal itself. Founded by D. D. Palmer, chiropractic care uses spinal manipulation to help people rid themselves of pain and illness. With the assistance of experts in the field, Dr. Soden investigates the myths and misconceptions of the practice, what patients should expect from a visit to a chiropractor, and the extensive schooling required to become a doctor of chiropractic care. In doing so, he demonstrates how chiropractic care differs from other therapy practices, including its rival, physical therapy.
2009; 2007

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [electronic resource]

Sometimes, the normal aches and pains of the aging process can indicate a more serious underlying medical condition. This program focuses on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of one such condition: carpal tunnel syndrome. Host Dr. Kevin Soden discusses how CTS arises and its diagnosis with hand surgeon Ken Means, while physical therapist Steve Moxie explains the various treatment options for patients diagnosed with the disorder. The patient's point of view is provided through two senior citizens who underwent laparoscopic surgery to ease the chronic hand pain caused by the syndrome. Although serious at any age, CTS is highly treatable.
2009; 2007

Osteoarthritis [electronic resource]

Dolores relies on synovial fluid injections and physical therapy to overcome the osteoarthritis that at one time put an end to her hiking. George, diagnosed with degenerative arthritis, opted for hip replacement surgery before returning to the ski slopes. A new set of knees was the answer for Del, after having suffered a series of sports injuries while in college. In this program viewers are introduced to the risk factors, symptoms, and treatments of osteoarthritis, with a special look at how the disorder affects people with an active lifestyle. Commentary from medical experts rounds out this video about the number one disabling disease for people over the age of forty.

Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis [electronic resource]

Osteoporosis affects one third of all women over the age of 50, and one in eight men. In this program medical experts explain what osteoporosis is and how it develops, outlining risk factors and early warning signs while stressing the importance of diet, supplements, and exercise as preventive measures. Medical treatments, and ways to keep low bone density from progressing to osteoporosis or even bone fracture, are also covered in the video. Dr. Thomas Gleason of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute provides expert commentary, and people with the disease-including a 41-year-old personal trainer-describe how it can limit their daily activities if left untreated.

Scoliosis [electronic resource]

Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Everyone's spine naturally curves a tiny bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine might look like the letter C or S.

Knuckleball [electronic resource]: A Sit-Down Comedian Stands Up to Muscular Dystrophy

At age 13, with facioscapulohumeral MD, or muscular dystrophy, invading his body, Brett Leake still dreamed of playing baseball. That particular goal didn't work out, but in the process the would-be pitcher absorbed the lesson of the knuckleball - a pitch that finds its own path. Discovering that humor could make people more comfortable with his physical appearance, Leake developed a stand-up act and turned it into a professional career. This film profiles the "sit-down" comedian (over the years the disease has claimed much of his leg strength) and his extraordinary aptitude for storytelling, homespun philosophy, and heartfelt optimism in the grip of a physical disability. Interviews with Leake and his mother, father, and brother describe a family history in which MD has reared its h [...]
2007; 2013