Back to Basics, Beyond the Basics
Melecio Pena III, MD
The Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine [PARM], held this year’s 1st Quarterly Scientific Meeting and Joint Symposium with the PARM National Capital Region [NCR] Chapter, last June 17, 2016 at F1 Hotel Infinity Room, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Being an advocate of research as a core program, the summit featured an Interesting Case Presentation. The presenters were Dr. Jhoanna Marie Zambrano [University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital] for Musculoskeletal Track: Delayed Prosthetic Rehabilitation and Dr. Ma. Theresa Asistores [Philippine Orthopedic Center] for Neurological Track: Cerebellar Ataxia.
Going back to basics in research, the presenters discussed the pertinent history, physical examination, diagnostic procedures, rehabilitation and medical management of the case patients in their institution. Thru this presentation, PARM members were given a relevant platform for research, a cornerstone of evidence-based medicine.
The case reports were heartwarming, poignant and comprehensive enriching the clinical knowledge and skills in both musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. As physiatrists improve the quality of life of patients, the interesting cases championed our advocacy, “We do not just add years to life, but we add life to years.”
As our main speaker, Dr. Mae Angeleine Ongchuan, showcased an international journey in her epiphany of musculoskeletal ultrasound and prolotherapy, among others. She featured a comprehensive discussion on Prolotherapy and its Evolution as part of Updates in Prolotherapy: Perineural Injection Therapy, a cutting-edge and state-of the-art Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine [PRM] intervention. Beyond the basics, this physiatric power tool is an armamentarium adjunct to PRM treatment programs – shaping the future of interventional rehabilitation.
Championing the Olympic spirit, being an Olympic year – PARM NCR Chapter is going back to basics and beyond the basics in Sports Rehabilitation. The chapter is holding its 2nd Scientific Meeting on October 21, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel Manila, Ortigas, Pasig City.