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Patient Education on a Smart Phone

I've been a physical therapist for a long time, and a large part of my job is to educate my patients about what is wrong.  Typically I use models, anatomy pictures and the internet to find pictures to show the patient and explain the problem and options for treatment.   Technology is sure changing the ways I can educate a patient.   

Today I had a patient who had severe shoulder pain, and she wanted to know what she had wrong, and what the treatment options were.   I told her I thought she might have bursitis, and her muscles seemed to be strong and not strained or weak.  Before I could go get the ultrasound machine to treat her shoulder, she was looking up "acute bursitis shoulder."  on her I Phone.  When I returned with the machine, I suggested she google bursitis, and she told me she already had.  Since her I Phone was so easy for her to use, I continued to have her use it to look "serratus anterior" as that muscle was weak and likely to continue to be a long term problem for her.  I had her look up a picture of the muscle, and then a You Tube video of an example of the serratus muscle causing weakness and a winging shoulder blade. 

So here is to new technology!