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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

CSMC Webicon: Different Methods of Alleviating Common Movement-Related Pain

Cardinal Santos Medical Center has continuously been hosting a health-related webicons. Last July, it again held another webicon- "Pain, Pain Go Away: A Webicon on Different Methods to Alleviate Common Movement-Related Pain."

This particular webicon focused on movement-related pain and what methods can be done to alleviate that pain. Speakers include top specialists from the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of Cardinal Santos Memorial Center. They are Dr. Joanna Macrohon, Dr. Bee Giok Tan-Sales, Dr. Ramil Martinez, and CSMC Rehabilitation Medicine Department Chaiman Dr. Eric Sherwin Basuil. 

Dr. Macrohon and Dr. Tan-Sales talked about the different types of back pain and knee pain, respectively. Factors include sedentary lifestyle especially due to the pandemic which makes most Filipinos idle and glued to their sofas. The doctors gave advice on what is the best treatment, and at the same time talked about some of the myths (home cure) and why it can cause more harm to the body. 

For his talk, Dr. Martinez discussed CSMC's holistic approach for post-stroke therapy, noting that CSMC houses advanced state-of-the-art facilities such as upper extremity robotics services that allow patients to continue receiving therapy despite the pandemic. 

CSMC also invited Mr. Juan Rafael Montano, a former patient who underwent rehabilitation and therapy through the hospital's program shared his experience. "I came to CSMC three times a week for my rehab session. Dr. Basuil and the physical therapists were very accommodating and attentive to my concerns. With their help, I was able to recover and I am able to open my hand."

Mr. Montano suffered severe neck and back pain caused by a tumor in his spine. After the surgery to remove the tumor, he could no longer open his right hand.

"Pain, weakness and immobility are shackles that must be broken with a combination of diagnostics, therapeutic interventions, prescription of physical modalities, exercises, pharmaceuticals, orthotics and prosthetics. That is rehabilitation medicine," said Dr. Basuil. "Medicine may add years to your life, but rehabilitation medicine adds life to those years."


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