317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Diagnostic Testing

Structure Versus Function

The start of my residency was the first time I became aware that there was a rift in medicine regarding diagnostic testing.   The controversy was as basic as using a non-surgical versus a surgical approach for the treatment of disease.   This one centered upon structure versus function. As a general rule imaging tests take pictures of structure.   If something looks to be broken it must be.   If not then there is nothing wrong.   On the other hand function oriented tests look a how something works.   Functionally oriented people have a harder time communicating their ideas as an explanation of findings is usually required.  By way of analogy your house electrical breaker box may look fine (its structure is ok) but if there is no power going to it then it will not function.  A structure oriented test would take a picture of the breaker box and conclude that everything is where it needs to be so it must be fine.  A function oriented test would hook a volt ohm meter up to see if there any power getting to the box; if not  something is wrong.  If you have chronic pain, weakness, numbness, or disease and are not satisfied with treatment options or your diagnosis consider asking if your problem might be resolved by looking at function rather than structure.  Depending upon the circumstance also considering looking at both. When both structure and function identify a problem with the same thing its a pretty good bet that working on it will help.   Learn more about diagnostic testing and treatment options at piedmontpmr.com.

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Innovative Treatments and Diagnostics Right Here in Greenville

Realief Laser therapy for peripheral neuropathy is a new treatment program that reverses the signs and symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy.    St. Francis Bon Secours has a restorative therapy program designed to complement the Realief system of care and is sponsoring an informational session on peripheral neuropathy this Tuesday, August 11th, at 6:30pm in the Community Room inside the Millennium Medical office building.   In addition, The American Academy of Thermology is sponsoring its Annual Scientific Session at the Downtown Campus of Bon Secours Hospital in Greenville, SC in September.   This meeting will attract physicians from around the globe who have interest in Medical Thermal Imaging for musculoskeletal , breast, and oral-systemic disease.  Innovative Treatments and Diagnostics are right here, in Greenville, right now.   Log onto piedmontpmr.com to discover more.Patient enrichment, self help, education, health news

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Medical Thermography For World Health

While Medical Thermography has not yet enjoyed widespread use in the United States momentum is growing on an international level.   For example the recent International Consensus and Guidelines In Medical Thremography (ICGMT) on line symposium attracted 18,000 registrants and 197,000 views.   Last week I spoke at the United Nations/World Heath Organization on the use of Medical Theromography For Physical Disabilities and Non-Communicable Disease to a warm and receptive audience.   This is how movements start.  As medical infrared technology improves and costs have come down (both at a dramatic rate since the Gulf War and 9/11 in the United States) access has grown.  Through endeavors like the ICGMT and the creation of internationally peer reviewed Guidelines for Neuromusculoskeletal, Breast, Veterinarian, and Oral – Systemic Disorders by the American Academy of Thermology (AAT) the medical community is gaining respect for and an understanding of the utility of Medical Thermology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.   There are many other examples of international activity including the European Association on Thermology Congress being held this September in Madrid, Spain and the Asian Congress of Thermology being held this November in Seoul, S. Korea.  At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA we are happy to offer a wide spectrum of Medical Thermology services.  Visit us at piedmontpmr.com

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