Jay S. Patel, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine/rehabilitation
- physical medicine/rehabilitation
- pain medicine
Location and Office HoursOaktree Medical Centre PC
115 Brushy Creek Rd
Easley, SC 29642
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- Select Health of South Carolina
- Unison Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Cannon Memorial Hospital
- Greer Memorial Hospital
- Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Hospital
- Patewood Memorial Hospital
What is constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for stroke rehab?
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredOne promising technique for people with moderate weakness in one arm following a stroke is constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), which involves not just exercising the weak arm but also restraining the stronger arm to force the other one to work harder. Research suggests that CIMT may help the brain rewire itself, and help people to gain more mobility and dexterity. A multicenter study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health followed patients who underwent either a two-week CIMT program or usual care. The results, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that CIMT participants enjoyed significantly greater improvements in arm motor function one year after the intervention. After two years, CIMT participants retained those functional improvements and continued to gain strength in their affected arm. This translated into continuing improvements in activities of daily living.
Why is fibromyalgia so controversial?
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
You have probably heard “I do not believe in fibromyalgia.” Nothing could be more hurtful. The fact is, fibromyalgia is not a belief system, it is a collection of symptoms (syndrome) that is consistent among a particular patient group.
Research is underway to find a biomarker for fibromyalgia. When that happens, like with systemic lupus erythematosus (Lupus), and multiple schlerosis (MS), it will no longer be considered a condition of the neurotic. The same was once thought of migraine headaches too.
Is there anything positive about living with a chronic illness?
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answeredIn every negative, there can be a positive. Here are a few benefits to being sick:
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- Support from those around you
- Making new friends
- Discovering a new way of looking at illness
- Embracing alternatives (meditation, visualization, prayer, yoga, or tai’ chi)
- Getting to really know yourself
- Thinking more positively
- The opportunity to blog
- Identifying stress that might otherwise be overlooked
- Achieving a higher level of awareness for people and things
- Learning the importance of beginning each day with an affirmation
- Truly finding joy in the joy of others