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Is Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine New

Performance rehabilitation and regenerative medicine is an old approach to health and wellbeing. Elements of such treatments were recorded as far back as 400BC among ancient societies. For example, there are records of ancient doctors using water, cold, light and massage to treat illnesses and injuries. These societies ranged from the ancient Egyptian kingdoms to the Greek civilization city-states. Indeed, the use of water and steam for rejuvenation was so common among ancient societies that public baths and steam houses were a common feature in their cities. Since then, the area of performance rehabilitation and regenerative medicine has come along way. Here is a glance at the growth of this branch of medicine.


The World Wars

Due to the extensive injuries suffered by soldiers during the first and the second world wars, this particular area of medicine experienced a sustained revival. Doctors would often practice physiotherapy techniques in what was known as ‘reconstruction hospitals.’ The goal of these approaches was to relieve the soldiers of pain and to help rehabilitate them. Over the years after the First World War, new methods and approaches were developed and finely horned. For example, physicians began to apply electrotherapeutics and X-Ray images to treat and diagnose patients more accurately. X-ray images, in particular, gave physicians a non-intrusive way to study a patient’s injuries which in turn informed the approach that they would use for treatment.


Current Period

Since the forties, there has been constant improvement in the training, techniques, and tools that physiatrists use in performance rehabilitation and regenerative medicine. After the Second World War, this branch of medicine was formalized and more research went into it. This was because of the influx of thousands of injured soldiers who needed rehabilitation and treatment. It was around this period that a section covering physical medicine and rehabilitation was set up by the American Medical Association.


Today, performance rehabilitation and regenerative medicine is a well-established branch of medicine hat helps hundreds of thousands of patients every year heal and live pain-free. Physiatrists help patients who have been involved in car accidents, sports injuries and much more get better and continue with their lives. It has also helped many athletes to resume their careers after serious injuries that would otherwise have seen them retire from sports. Performance rehabilitation and regenerative medicine has several specialties that practitioners can specialize in. They include sports medicine, spinal cord injuries among others.