Therapeutic Procedures: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:35 Cancer Treatments
  • 1:21 Fluid and Oxygen Therapy
  • 2:13 Intravenous Therapy & Vaccines
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Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

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Christianlly Cena

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Medicine has a range of therapeutic procedures. This lesson defines therapeutic procedures and gives you some examples, including radiation, fluid, oxygen therapy, and chemotherapy.

Therapeutic Procedures Definition

When a car malfunctions, a mechanic can perform all sorts of procedures in order to restore the car back to full health or to at least improve its condition so it can run again to some extent.

While human bodies aren't mechanical machines, physicians and nurses can do something similar via various therapeutic procedures. These are medical treatments that can help prevent, cure, or at least improve a person's condition.

Let's go over a few examples of therapeutic procedures and the basics of how they enhance patient recovery or health.

Cancer Treatments

One of the best known examples of a therapeutic procedure is radiation therapy, or using ionizing radiation mainly as a way to treat or control cancer. Ionizing radiation is the more dangerous form of radiation you typically want to stay away from, like x-rays. It can damage your cells to the point of mutating or killing those cells, depending on how much radiation you are subjected to and over what period of time.

Cancer is a disease process where normal cells of your body undergo mutations that cause them to uncontrollably multiply and spread around the body. Radiation therapy helps to kill specific areas of cancer cells. This is unlike chemotherapy, which is the use of chemicals injected into the body for the purpose of killing cancer cells throughout the body.

Fluid and Oxygen Therapy

Fluid therapy is the use of fluids (orally or intravenously), to help:

  • Rehydrate a person
  • Deliver needed electrolytes, like sodium, potassium, calcium, and so forth
  • Help change how acidic or basic their body is as a result of any number of disease states or emergency conditions

All sorts of disease states and emergency conditions require the use of another therapeutic procedure, oxygen therapy, the use and delivery of additional oxygen to a person's lungs via oxygen tanks, masks, and the like.

When would we use this? Well, imagine someone has difficulty breathing as a result of pneumonia. Since the body is lacking adequate levels of oxygen, the person may feel uncomfortable and may damage internal organs. Oxygen is delivered to the person to make up for the lack of proper natural oxygenation as a result.

Intravenous Therapy & Vaccines

Bacteria can wreak havoc on the body. One of the ways we can help a patient recover from infection is by way of antibiotics, drugs that target bacteria. However, we don't always give antibiotics by mouth.

Sometimes we turn to intravenous (IV) therapy. This is an umbrella term for any kind of therapeutic substance delivered to a person by way of a vein. This includes fluid therapy and chemotherapy. However, IV therapy isn't limited to delivering fluids, electrolytes, and chemotherapy. We can deliver plenty of other drugs, like antibiotics.

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Writing Prompts on Therapeutic Procedures

Prompt 1

Mike has difficulty doing basic tasks because of the accident that happened to him five months ago. This accident was a collision of Mike's car and a minivan operated by a drunk driver. After months of recovering in the hospital, his family decided to bring him home. Although he seemed to have recovered on the outside, reduced strength in his hips, especially in extension and internal rotation was apparent. His core muscles were also weak and walking for him was difficult. In this scenario, what is the best possible therapeutic procedure that will suite Mike's case? Why do you say so?

Prompt 2

Edna had been a highly functioning young woman and competes as a professional cliff-diver. She has won numerous cliff-diving events and has toured so many countries. The last cliff-diving event that she participated almost rendered her paralyzed. This has caused her severe trauma which later developed into anxiety and depression. A close friend of Edna suggested to her the idea of undergoing psychotherapy. What makes psychotherapy the best therapeutic procedure that she must go through?

Prompt 3

There have been various treatments to cure cancer, which is dependent on the location of the tumor, stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient. Examples of which are radiation therapy and chemotherapy respectively. The former works by using radiation, such as X-Rays, to damage tumors in specific areas of the body to stop their growth. The latter, on the other hand, makes use of medication injected into the body for the same purpose. From this information, give a scenario where radiation therapy is highly preferred compared to chemotherapy.

Medical Disclaimer: The information on this site is for your information only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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