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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, November 15, 1974 Pages 15-28 Muscle, bone, tendon rebuilt here By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer For almost all injury and accident victims who end up facing a surgeon's scalpel that operation is only the beginning of recovery. Waiting in the wings is a trained group of paramedics whose job it is to assist patients through the sometimes painstaking process of regaining their mobility. The physical medicine department's job is termed rehabilitation restoring the patient to self- sufficiency or employment the highest possible goal. This could be helping a person recover so he walks without a limp or teaching a person who has been dis- abled to use a wheelchair. "The therapist must build the confidence, then as the patient gains confidence the therapist can concentrate on building the patient's says Joan Deeken, head physiotherapist at Lethbridge Aux- iliary Hospital. The auxiliary's physical medicine department handles all cases from that hospital and the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. St. Michael's Hospital has its own department. The physical medicine department includes, physio, occupational and recreational therapy and rehabilitation nursing. "Physiotherapy is only one part of Mrs. Deeken says. But it is in the physiotherapy unit where joints weakened by arthritis, tendons and muscles torn through acci- dent and bones fractured in injury are rebuilt and strengthened. The department also sometimes works to strengthen muscles and muscle groups in prepara- tion for surgery or in an attempt to prevent sur- gery. The department js divid- ed into various rooms. In one a young woman sits on a table trying to lift 15 pounds of weights strapped to her ankle. The weights are strengthening a knee in which ligaments were torn in a recent accident. She has trouble bending her knee. In another room a man sits in whirlpool bath which has air forced into the water to act as a massag- ing agent for a painful joint. In other areas patients are learning to handle crutches, canes and wheelchairs. One patient attempts to walk up a set of practice stairs in the department. Stairs can JANE STEPHEN HELPS PATIENT ADJUST TO CANE PATSY TREFZ GIVES CRAWLING LESSON SHERYL MclNNES CHECKS WHIRLPOOL PATIENT prove an obstacle to people new to crutches or canes. In another area a patient attempts to transfer herself from a wheelchair to a bed and back to the wheelchair. Various pieces of com- plex equipment line the walls. Much of the therapy done at the department involves completely re educating patients to perform nor- mally easy tasks. "Sometimes they have to learn to walk all over again and this can take a long time." Mrs. Deeken says. There are concerns that the patients will hurt themselves again. The therapist has to build the patients' confidence so they will not worry about falling. "Often an older person is in the department because they have fallen so we use safety belts to she says. "I think it is harder to teach older people than children because youngsters don't have the fears older people she says. "I don't think children think of falling." The department cares and works with many peo- ple including accident vic- tims, arthritis patients, babies and children with cerebral palsy, school children with scoliosis and postural problems, people with tendonitis and bursitis and stroke victims. Most people who have had limbs in casts end up in the physiotherapy depart- ment although some initial- ly try exercising on their own. Mrs. Deeken says. A patient is referred to the department by an attending physician who leaves instructions on the type of treatment the patient is to receive. The physiotherapist, however, has a great amount of liberty in deciding if a treatment does not work and what treatment would be beneficial, says Mrs. Deeken. "What works for one patient won't necessarily work for she adds. There are about 100 peo- ple using the facilities of the department. About 50 are out patients who visit the department on a regular basis. The other 50 people are in patients who stay in their rooms at the LMH and take therapy or go to the department at the aux- iliary while in hospital. The progress of in patients is gauged during weekly discussions held by the various staff and at times a patient's physician. Mrs. Deeken savs. EXERCISING WITH LEG WEIGHT Photos by Bill Groenen Library book week just for small fry Today marks the beginning of Kids'and Books Week at the Lethbridge Public Library. Lasting until Nov. 22. a number of special activities will be held at the library to commemorate the special week. The University of Lelhbridge children's theatre class will present dramatized children's stories at the library on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.Chidren present will he asked to participate. On Nov. 17. the library is sponsoring a showing of the film. Run Wild. Run Free, starring John Mills and Frank Lester, beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free. A tots and books story ses- sion for pre schoolers will be held on Tuesday. While the children are being told stories, the parents will at- tend session on children's literature and story telling. The program will start at 2 p.m. and be repeated on Thursday at 10 a.m. Also on Thursday a special cablevision program discuss- ing story telling and the oral tradition will be broadcast at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Channel 2. The program is one of a weekly series of cablevi- sion programs. During Kids and Books Week, children will be able to participate in a light hearted fact finders contest. Youngsters will be asked such questions as "who invented the thermos bottle and the flush More information and contest rules are available from the children's desk in the library. Children entering the play off round are eligible to win the title "Lethbridge Fact Finder of the Year." The championship round of the contest will be held Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. the public has been invited to attend. In past Novembers the Canadian Library Association has sponsored Young Canada's Book Week. This year, when the association decided mounting costs prevented it from continuing the program, the local public library decided' to offer something of its own MAGRA TH SHEEPMAN WINS FLEECE PRIZE AT ROYAL A wool fleece entered by Lalavee Jensen of Magrath. partner in Happy Valley Farms, has won the grand cham- pionship in judging completed Thursday at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. Mr. Jensen said this morning it is the third time in the past four years his farm has submitted the winning fleece. He said the fleece is from a registered Ramboulet. In addition to the champion fleece in the range wool section which was judged grand champion fleece in the show. Mr. Jensen won the reserve champion fleece in the section. On Tuesday. Wilson Siding farmer Connie Mercer was judg- ed the world wheat champion. B.C. municipal voters go to polls Saturday Beef sleuths may check Lethbridge meat counters A mayoralty contest will be held in the District of Sparwood and three bylaws come up for referendum at Cranbrook when British Columbia voters go to the polls Saturday. Sparwood incumbent Mayor Michael Hydomako is opposed by Reginal Taylor and Louis tingaro. The winner will serve a two year term. It is the only mayoralty race in the East Kootenay. At Cranbrook three separate funding bylaws totalling will be voted on but a fourth expen- diture will not require a vote. Bylaws requiring a referen- dum are for road im- provements; for a storm sewer program; and for a satellite fire hall in the southeast residential end of the city. Not requiring a vote is a expansion of city hall. There are 51 candidates nominated for 35 seats through the East Kooenay. Federal health department inspectors will likely be mov- ing through Lethbridge stores within the next two months investigating ground beef for possible contamination. But health protection branch sleuths will not be any more obvious than the average consumer. The investogators have bee.i checking ground beef acro.ss Canada since reports to the government in October revealed supermarket Appointment A native ol Claresholm has been appointed the new direc- tor of the Company of Young Canadians. Douglas Bowie. 31. former executive assistant to State Secretary Hugh Faulkner, succeeds Dal Brodhead. who resigned recently. The ap- pointment is effective Dec. 1. on- products arc ofte taminated. A spokesman for the federal health protection branch in Edmonton said Thursday the department will not reveal where the inspectors will be operating. Donald Carlson said in a telephone interview a careful grid ha? been mapped out for (he investigators and Lethbridge will likely be one centre where the checks will be done The department is ai'icnptinp to get figures and of contamination levels in pro-.rd beef from refrigerating it until it reaches the department's laboratory. The Western Canada lab for the health protection branch is in Vancouver but the depart- ment may use provincial Jabs for the hamburger analysis. Mr. Carlson said. The department often uses provincial labs during other investigations The federal beef brigade's findings will be listed in a report expected to be finished in about two months. The report will break down the results of the investigation to various areas in Canada and types of contamination. The investigators are concerned with all types of contamination including the amount of bacteria and foreign matter in ground beef. Mr. Carlson said. The direction of government action regarding contamina- tion will hinge on the results' of the tests, he added. 7hi5 which is being done in addition to from the branch 5 routine food inspections, will be concentrating on raw ground beef from retail outlets, he said. Investigators will be buying ground beef oj, consumers. taking the temperature of the beef when it is purchased and Hospital-nursing home sought The need for a nursing home-active treatment complex in Taber will be investigated soon by a study group from the Alberta Hospital Services Commission The Taber hospital board has applied to the government for establishment of such a facility. Dave Turtle. Taber hospital administrator, says the group is expected at the hospital this fall to do study of the need for a nursing home The group is also to study the function of the ex- isting hospital. There is only out other hospital-nursing home complex in Alberta, at Blairmore ;