Awareness about peripheral diabetic neuropathy among physical therapists in twin cities

  • Saeeda Taj Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Kinza Anwar University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Abdul Ghafoor Sajjad Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Keywords: Peripheral diabetic neuropathy, physical therapists, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, visual analouge scale

Abstract

Objective: The main purpose of this study was to create awareness of holistic Screening approach about Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy among Physical Therapists in Twin Cities. A descriptive cross-sectional study conducted at hospitals of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for of 6 months.

Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was carried out and non-probability purposive sampling technique was used to collect data from 110 Physical Therapists (58.1% females and 41.8% Males. A specified semi structured questionnaire was used to collect data from Physical Therapists.

Results: This study was carried out on 110 Physical Therapists. Results of our study showed that 94 (85.5%) Physical Therapists screened patients with different modalities such as 7 (6.4%) used touch perception, 6 (5.5%) used pain perception, 2 (1.8%) used vibration perception and only 1 (.9%) used ankle deep tendon reflex. 97 (88.2%) Physical Therapists assessed pain by different methods such as Pin prick method was used by 67 (60.9%) therapist, VAS was used by 15 (13.6%) therapists, 87 (79.1%) Physical Therapists assessed touch sensation. 21 (19.1%), used cotton ball, 5 (4.5%) used manual touch while 41 (37.3%) were having no specific response.

Conclusion: It is concluded that Physical Therapists of twin cities are aware of basic screening steps for Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy and they utilize appropriate tool/modalities for assessing sensations and motor reflexes. This highlight the up to date evidence-based knowledge of PT working in twin cities.

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Author Biographies

Saeeda Taj, Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan

Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy

Kinza Anwar, University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy

Abdul Ghafoor Sajjad, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Associate Dean, Riphah College of Rehabilitation Sciences

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2019-12-19
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Taj S, Anwar K, Sajjad A. Awareness about peripheral diabetic neuropathy among physical therapists in twin cities. JSTMU [Internet]. 19Dec.2019 [cited 1Dec.2020];2(2):72-6. Available from: https://j.stmu.edu.pk/ojs/index.php/jstmu/article/view/51