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Hand Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passage in the wrist that is made of small bones and tissues which houses the flexor tendons of the hand and the median nerve responsible for some movement of the fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) may cause numbness, pain and tingling in the forearm, hand, wrist and fingers. These […]

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One of the Secret Weapons for Neck Pain

Neck pain affects just about anyone, even healthy people in the prime of their lives. This should not be surprising since the neck works in balancing the head, which on average weighs 10 pounds. Neck pain can be triggered by improper sleeping positions, poor posture or injury to the spine. Now one of the secret […]

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Non-Surgical Treatment for Lower Back Pain

According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), lower back pain is a commonly diagnosed physical ailment, identified in up to 84 percent of adults at some time in their lives. Lower back pain may be acute, i.e. comes on suddenly and lasts no longer than about 4-6 weeks; or chronic, lasting […]

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How to Achieve the Best Life Outcomes after a Stroke

The best way to get better after a stroke is to start stroke rehabilitation. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) highly recommends an intensive, multidisciplinary approach to stroke rehabilitation. This simply means a team effort to rehabilitation which may include physiatrists, neurologists, rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech, language and swallow pathologists and psychologists. The first step is […]

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Will I get Osteoporosis?

You’re possibly reading this article from the comfort of your office desk, bed or couch. And if we’ve guessed right, you’ve probably been sitting for at least two hours. It’s a good time to stand up and walk around the room. Don’t worry about the peering eyes, let them look! You’re doing wonders for your bones when you move! (more…)

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PUBLISHED: Neurolytic Injection of Botulinum Toxin Type A and Phenol for Spasticity a Patient with Traumatic Brain Injury

Objective To evaluate the effects of Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTX-A) and 7% Phenol injection in the management of spasticity in a patient with traumatic brain injury at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). Method This is a case report of a patient treated at the Physiatry clinic at UHWI and who had […]

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PUBLISHED: Sports medicine experts analyse ISSA proposed changes for ‘Champs’

With ISSA expected to announce its decision on Friday regarding proposed changes to protect athletes at Boys and Girls ‘Champs’, two local sports medicine experts have added their voices to the growing debate. Speaking on Eye on Sports, Dr Paula Dawson and Dr Winston Dawes gave their own recommendations for the protection of athletes from […]

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PUBLISHED: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physiatry was first introduced at University Hospital of the West Indies/UWI in August 2008, with the appointment of Dr. Paula Dawson, Consultant Physiatrist and Lecturer. The University Hospital now offers clinical care and academic education in many areas of the field. Overview  The goal of the field medicine is to assist people who have experienced […]

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PUBLISHED: Dr. Paula Dawson Pioneering Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Jamaica and the Caribbean

For others, she is seemingly imbued with Florence nightingale type characteristics, that of a ministering angel, who finds a way for those who feel there is no hope to alleviate their pain or some physical disability. a case in point, a sixteen year old boy, who was confined to a wheelchair for more than a […]

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