Therapy is what comes after you were diagnosed with certain illness or condition, and can vary depending on the problem you have. There are many things that happen to a person and depending on the problem – we conduct different therapies. Different therapies have different goals and different methods. So, what kinds of therapy are out there?
Abortive therapy – this type of care has the stopping the illness or problem progression in order to prevent it from getting worse. In this case, patient is already diagnosed with the problem and now the steps are made in order to stop it from developing. An example of such a therapy is a medicine taken in order to stop the infection or disease from spreading further. Early treatment in AIDS patients will ensure better life quality and longer life.
Curative therapy – the most common and the one we understand the best – this therapy won’t treat the effects of the problem, but rather concentrate on the problem trying to eliminate it. Imagine, if you will, the flu. Rather than dealing with runny nose or cough, doctors will give you antibiotics in order to stop the virus and make you better. That is the power of curative therapy.
Salvage therapy – after one or few therapies were tried and failed the salvage therapy is something like the last therapy that will be attempted. It’s usually the one that was the most aggressive or dangerous, which placed it to the last place and after other options are spent, this one is used.
Supportive therapy – one that you must have undertaken at least once. This type of help doesn’t aim to heal you but deals with the symptoms, trying to make your sick time more bearable and enjoying. It’s opposite of curative therapy – it’s what your mother did when you had the flu. Besides taking shots or pills, you drank hot soup or tablets to help your throat feel better. This therapy has the most effect on the patient’s condition at the time of applying and it is the one whose results you can feel immediately.
Systematic therapy – this form of therapy seeks to completely recover and affect the patient. Through this therapy, all aspects of patients body are taken into consideration and they are treated that way. In another sense, systematic therapy can be looked as a way of healing people in groups, making them fight the problem together and involve them in the other’s healing process. This way, people are banded in communities and add both physical as well as psychotherapeutic effects to their therapy.
Drug therapy – this form of therapy includes the drug administration to patients in order to benefit their health status or fight the bad influences. Drugs can make the immune system stronger or simply kill of certain kind of virus or bacteria.
Device therapy – the form of therapy that doesn’t use drugs but instead uses different types of medical devices that help patients. This therapy is mostly used on patients with bone or spine disorders and illnesses affecting them.