“23 hours a day, seven days a week, for one to two years.” These words were the start of my journey with Scoliosis. I was with my mom at the chiropractor. The appointment was for her but since I couldn’t drive yet, I came along. After he was done adjusting her, he asked me to stand up. He looked me up and down, and told me that one shoulder was higher than the other, and there was a slight curve in my back. I was shocked because usually when I go along to the chiropractor I just sit quietly on the side. He said he wanted to take an x-ray to make sure. Next we walked over to the x-ray room to get my back scanned. The following week, we came back to look at the results. The doctor said I had a curvature of the spine with a 40 degree
Credibility Statement: Today, I would like to talk about first, the importance of back care, second, how to take care our spine in proper ways and finally, diseases related to back pain.
I was slowly walking into the entrance of the emergency room not realizing that today was going to be the day my life would be changed forever. I had had many stomach aches before, although none of them had ever been this horrid. Doctors running around me all acting like they were in such a hurry, but for what? I was put in a room when nurses immediately came in took blood and IV’s then left. I was scared they were telling me what was going on but my 7 year old self didn’t understand. The medicine they gave me made me feel worse, I couldn’t move without creating more pain. Why was nothing working? Why did I feel so nauseous? Was I ever going to feel normal again? I would soon be told news that would make me alter my lifestyle.
of radiology is to obtain images which are adequate for the clinical purpose with minimum radiation dose to the patient. If optimum performance is to be achieved, assessment of image quality must be made to balance against patient dose. X-rays are known to cause malignancies, skin damage and other side effects and therefore are potentially dangerous. It is therefore essential and mandatory to reduce the radiation dose to patients in diagnostic radiology to the barest minimum (Watkinson, Moore’s., 1984). Radiographers are technologist who create and analyze the x-ray image.
Most people have never heard the words “spina bifida” in their life, but after today you will know what it is. Spina bifida is a neurological birth defect, where the backbone and the membranes around the spinal cord do not completely close, and even protrude out. This disorder can have no effect on a person or it can alter an individual’s life forever. I will begin by giving you some background information on the disorder and then I will tell about my sibling, who has this disorder.
When I was in third grade, I was diagnosed with a medical condition that required me to go to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh multiple times per month. It was boring, annoying, and sometimes painful. I never enjoyed going and that didn’t change as I got older. But when I just started going, I was very sick. Between the one hundred two-degree fever I had and the amount of blood they had to take out of me for tests, I felt miserable. Nothing there could comfort me. I was surrounded by white walls, and medical supplies in a room barely large enough for the bed and two chairs. This was before they built a new Children’s Hospital, though, which is filled with bright colors, beautiful murals with images of butterflies and flowers, and overall a more comfortable atmosphere.
On October 5th, as we went to Tripler Army Medical Center, I was placed in the Imaging ward. I got to see all the different types of imaging machines such as Ct scan, MRI, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine. I observed the nurses doing these with some patients. The first patient had to do a CT scan to see what was wrong with their breathing, they had dyspnea. When the nurses was finished looked over it, they sent the images to the doctors so they could say what was the problem. Another patient was doing an ultrasound to see her bladder because she had her period for a long time. The nurses helped her and told what was going on. The most interesting imaging was the Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It was really scary at the same time but I found
When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a common colon disease, I had no idea what it was. It wasn’t until several tests and explanations from multiple doctors that my parents and I started to understand the extent of the problem. Although it didn’t seem like it would be a big deal, it quickly took over my entire life. Dealing with the condition meant chronic pain, medication, and many more doctors’ visits. Fortunately, my case wasn’t too severe. A few months after the diagnosis, the disease was manageable and I was able to live my riveting 14-year-old life.
In November 2010, my promising cheerleading career was cut short by a spinal injury. In warmups at a competition, I was injured resulting in two slipped discs in my lower spine, which caused temporary paralysis in both of my feet with severe pain. While I did not have complete sensation in my feet I could still walk with assistance. I was told I would never run again and that I would be lucky if I was physically active in my future. As a 17-year-old, this was very difficult to hear. I broke through this adversity by continuing physical therapy daily and being put on homebound schooling for 3 months to get back to my optimal health. I can proudly say that I worked through this challenge and through many years of continuous work I am able to
My little body jumps out of the car and I begin catching up to my mother as she
This was the headline running through my mind like a breaking news report on CNN. I was diagnosed with Lumbosacral Disc Disorder with Radiculopathy during the first week of junior year. Life was warming up to throw a curve ball at me, while I was stepping up to bat.
Polio is ugly. If you were a parent in the early 1950s and 60s, it could’ve been a very scary time. Many American families had either been touched by or knew someone who had been touched by this dreaded disease called infantile paralysis, which later came to the be known as polio. My family was no exception. Even though slightly less than 1% of all individuals who contracted polio ended up with paralysis, children were left in braces, iron lungs, and with permanent disfigurements. As a four year old in kindergarten, I became friends with a petite little girl who had curly brown hair, a pretty smile and big, awkward metal braces on both legs. She also used a walker and made a distinct clanking noise when she walked. It was as if both of
The National Scoliosis Foundation was founded in 1976 by Mrs. Gowen.In 1974, Mrs. Gowen showed extraordinary care and compassion towards Atlabachew Tedla, a 17 year old Ethiopian student suffering from the effects of a severe 143 degree abnormal lateral curvature of the spine (scoliosis). With the goal to spread awareness Mrs. Gowen’s compassion and generosity extended beyond Atlabachew Tedla to benefit thousands of children in Massachusetts and tens of thousands of families throughout the world.
Diagnostic X-rays used in medical imaging have a large contribution of the population(1)exposure to ionising radiation, at least in developed countries, and it is the most significant source of radiation exposure after natural radon(2).
n this essay I will be talking about X-rays.I will also talk about how pneumonia is able to be