Assistive Devices – What Are They and What’s The Role of a Physiotherapist?

At the end of every month, there is always a buzz in Physiopedia and lots of talk about what we will choose for the next month’s Topic of the Month (TOTM). TOTM helps to keep us focused on a common goal when creating and reviewing pages for the month and with over 4,000 pages of physiotherapy / physical therapy content on Physiopedia it helps us channel our energy as a team.

Physiotherapists often use aids to help patients reach their goals and achieve independence.  It is not unusual to enter a therapy department and see walking frames, crutches and wheelchairs, we are all familiar with these assistive devices.  For some these are a temporary measure for others they become their only means of moving from A to B.

However, the term assistive device covers more than just mobility aids.  The World Health Organisation has just published a list of assistive devices – this includes items such hearing aids, wheelchairs, communication aids, glasses, prosthetics and even pill organizers.

The team was amazed at the diverse list of items and thought it would be great to use this list to add some new pages and review some of our existing pages.  They have updated references, found videos and images to improve the learning experience, but don’t take my word for it, you can see some of the pages our team created and reviewed below:

This is just a brief list of all the pages that were created and reviewed this month.  Why not find a quiet corner, grab a cup of coffee, and have a browse through our category on Assistive Technology there are too many pages to discuss them all here!

We aim to review as many pages as possible each month and create pages that are needed but if you see pages that need improving or creating, not just on the topic of the month, please feel free to contact us with your comments. Physiopedia is a resource created by physiotherapists for physiotherapists. Your feedback is necessary and always welcome.

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