Recently one of our LinkedIn group members posted a presentation on calcaneal fractures to the discussion board. It is a great presentation which was promptly added to the Calcaneal Fractures page in Physiopedia.
As physiotherapists we do presentations all the time, we share with our peers, we teach our colleagues, we present at conferences and we educate our patients. These presentations are hard work to prepare so when you’re done, don’t just let them go to waste, why not share them with the global physiotherapy community. Add your presentation to the related page in Physiopedia, or just send it to us to add. I know that presentations shared in Physiopedia are greatly valued by our users and we look forward to promoting new uploaded presentations.
If you have been following our quest to be visited by all the countries in the world you might be interested to know that we have done it… in fact we have surpassed it with visits from 204 countries! How you might rightly question? Well it seems that there are quite a few more countries in the world than the UN recognise so, our new target comes from this website which reports that there are 257 countries in the world. The amazing thing about this new target is not that we are only 53 countries off reaching the entire world but that there are 53 unrecognised countries in the world!
Physiopedia Founding Director, Rachael Lowe, is a bit of an adventure athlete. When she’s not climbing up rock faces, biking across hill and dale or running across high terrain, she’s summiting on snowy mountains and skiing back down them again. Only this year…. she’ll be doing her ACL rehabilitation!! Unfortunately for Rachael, in warming up for the ski season she took a slow innocuous fall and ‘pop’, it was a ride from the pisteurs into a whole new world of being a patient.
When you injure yourself do you research as much as you can on that injury to optimise your recovery? Well that’s what Rachael’s doing right now in relation to her recent ACL rupture and impending surgery! She’ll will not be wasting the plethora of information that she discovers and experience, she will be adding it all to the related pages in Physiopedia. So look out for a boost in anything related to ACL injury, reconstruction and rehabilitation. If you have any resources that might interest Rachael, she would love to hear from you!
“If you’re working as a physiotherapist and have never experienced the injuries or illnesses that you are treating your patients for, then know that you don’t fully understand what they are experiencing”. That’s the first piece of advice that Rachael gives from the initial stages of her journey as a patient. In treating the same kind of conditions day in and day out we can become quite accustomed to the journey that our patients are experiencing for the first time. Never forget your key attribute as a clinician, empathy!
Have you had an injury or experienced one of the conditions that we so frequently treat our patients for? Why not add your knowledge to Physiopedia so that physiotherapists and patients globally can all benefit from your experience. Your knowledge is invaluable!!
Each month we feature some our most valued contributions to Physiopedia in the preceding months. We are very grateful to all these contributors in January 2012.
Current and Emerging Roles in Physiotherapy Practice
This project from Queen Margaret University in Scotland aims to to prepare learners for emerging physiotherapy roles in response to changing healthcare needs.
Erin is our featured contributor for the month for making the most edits over the last three months. Thanks Erin!
Ibadan Knee/Hip Osteoarthritis Outcome Measure (IKHOAM)
This month we wanted to feature this Nigerean outcome measure that was published byAdesola Odole. It’s a great example of adaptation by developing countries.
Since launching in January 2009 Physiopedia has moved from strength to strength. In only three years we have created nearly 1000 articles through nearly 50,000 edits, and have had 2.7 million visits!! Your contributions and engagement grew so much that when the site went down in December the only resolution was to move it to a virtual private server and set up a scalable hosting service that will cope with what ever the future might bring. When we started out on this journey we never really envisaged that Physiopedia would achieve these participation numbers. You have proven us wrong! Physiopedia has proven itself to be a valued and credible resource for the physiotherapy community and beyond. In response to this we have committed to making Physiopedia become the great resource that it has the potential to be and we only hope that it will continue to evolve to achieve it’s mission of providing universal access to physiotherapy knowledge.
Due to the voluntary efforts of all those involved in the management of Physiopedia development can be a bit stop and start, however we are looking forward to advancing Physiopedia in 2012. There are many things that we have on our ever expanding ‘To Do List’ and accomplishing them all will be no mean feat! However, with some hard work and with your help we hope to achieve as much as we can this year. For starters with the help of our technical director, Tony Lowe, we will be embracing mobile technolog and hope to have our web apps and smartphone tools developed this year. You can also look out for e-learning opportunities, further collaborations with educational institutions around the world and additional partnerships with more members of our community. If the future of Physiopedia excites you and you would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch, I, Rachael, will be very pleased to discuss specific opportunities that suit you or your organisation.