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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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I was wondering is electric stimulation and short wave therapy for shoulder muscle treatment the same?

I was wondering is electric stimulation and short wave therapy for shoulder muscle treatment the same?

No: Electrical Stimulation is just that an electric current that discharges rapidly into the skin and muscles to release natural endorphins and sensations to relieve pain. Short Wave Diathermy is a type of microwave beam that heats the tissue below the surface of the skin to help bring collateral blood flow to heal tissue. ...Read more

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Is electric stimulation and short wave therapy for shoulder muscle treatment both equally effective? Please advise!

Is electric stimulation and short wave therapy for shoulder muscle treatment both equally effective? Please advise!

Apples and oranges: Ask the provider (s) for referral sources and to help you deal w/ your specific type of pain in choosing. For some, apples hit the spot - others will pick an orange. Neither is credited by many physicians. You may need o try for yourself. ...Read more

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Can an injury to the testicle cause it to become inflamed? What would be the treatment?

Can an injury to the testicle cause it to become inflamed? What would be the treatment?

Testicular injury.: Testicular injury can cause pain and swelling due to inflammation as well as due to internal bleeding in the scrotum. Using scrotal support and ice may help. If swelling and pain persist, you will need to see a provider and have testicular ultrasound if indicated. ...Read more

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In the last 2 years I've been getting an injury on my Achilles tendon from running, cause and treatment?

In the last 2 years I've been getting an injury on my Achilles tendon from running, cause and treatment?

Several things:: Chronic fatigue of the tendon, tendinitis - one needs to pre-stretch prior to running, drink plenty of fluids and see your foot doctor specializing in the sports medicine to assess for the proper foot function and alignment. ...Read more

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Sudden muscle spasm above left shoulder blade. Can't turn body to the right without pain. No injury. Cause and treatment?

Sudden muscle spasm above left shoulder blade. Can't turn body to the right without pain. No injury. Cause and treatment?

Posture: Muscles around shoulder blades help hold the head and neck in proper alignment. Forward lean of head or shoulders increases the workload. Posture problems often lead to, this type of pain. Could be a positional problem with head n pillow. Get evaluated by pmr doc or ortho to get correct diagnosis and effective to plan. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ankylosing spondylitis? Injury due to slip & fall 2001, had p/t. Three herniated discs (l3/4/5)- caused foot to swell.

What is the treatment for ankylosing spondylitis? Injury due to slip & fall 2001, had p/t. Three herniated discs (l3/4/5)- caused foot to swell.

Conservative: Ankylosing spondylitis is a progressive condition mainly treated by rheumatologists. It is not due to trauma, but can be aggravated by trauma. The spine slowly auto-fuses and becomes stiff, but can also develop a kyphoscoliotic curvature. There are exercises designed to maintain posture, but in severe cases surgery may be required to correct spinal imbalance. ...Read more

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Is there any new promising treatment for paralysis caused by spinal injury?

Is there any new promising treatment for paralysis caused by spinal injury?

Not yet: This is an area of active research, however there are no new, widely accepted treatments for spinal cord injury at this time. Several different technologies are being investigated in the treatment of sci including neural stem cell therapy, neuronal regenerative therapies, neuroprosthetics, and pharmacologic agents to lessen secondary spinal cord injuries. ...Read more

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Old shoulder injury. Collarbone is popped out all the time, occasional pain and discomfort in joint. Cause and treatment? Thanks.

Old shoulder injury. Collarbone is popped out all the time, occasional pain and discomfort in joint. Cause and treatment? Thanks.

Instability.: You could have symptomatic collarbone instability. See an orthopedic sports medicine shoulder surgeon, who can evaluate you and come up with a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment of cerebral edema caused by head injury?

What is the best treatment of cerebral edema caused by head injury?

ER NOW: We can treat cerebral edema with meds in the short period after head injury;er is the best venue. ...Read more

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Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Common: Injuries disrupt the flow of the lymphatics.
This results in swelling.
It is only temporary.

Solution: Co-band wrap or Ace-wrap for ~1week
and, keep using it (unless real painful)

[if bruising, you may need an x-ray] ...Read more

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Does an OCD cause bruising on the upper portion of the foot? What are the risks of delaying treatment on an OCD Injury?

Does an OCD cause bruising on the upper portion of the foot? What are the risks of delaying treatment on an OCD Injury?

Very low risk: OCD will cause damage to whatever area is compulsively insulted. Infection is possible but seldom seen. Treatment often fails. ...Read more

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28yr f, knee pain, MRI says joint effusion & chondromalacia. I swim for exercise. 0 injuries. What could cause this? Treatment possibilities? Thanks

28yr f, knee pain, MRI says joint effusion & chondromalacia. I swim for exercise. 0 injuries. What could cause this? Treatment possibilities? Thanks

? Of mid-20's female: ? of chronic knee pain with effusion. In a young female the observations which should be made are whether she has Hypermobility Syndrome (Brighton Criteria) & genu varum/valgus. Absent acute injury, repetitive gravitational stress can evoke non-linear patellar mobility & patellofemoral wear & tear. See an Osteopath & Podiatrist. Reconfigured shoes might help realign the longitudinal axis of leg. ...Read more

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Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury I recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot

Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury I recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot

Definition check: Do you mean complementary alternative medicine? This may not help very much with cluster headaches and seizures. Alternatives to narcotics though would be appropriate and probably more helpful.

What are these alternatives? There are about 15 treatments to prevent seizures, if you needed them, and there are about 5-6 treatments to control cluster headaches. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What electrical problems of brain that cause poor sleep. Could it be detected by an EEG ordered by doctor. What could be the type of treatment?

What electrical problems of brain that cause poor sleep. Could it be detected by an EEG ordered by doctor. What could be the type of treatment?

Poor sleep & brain: Sometimes poor sleep is driven by brain activity. This often occurs with stimulants, like caffeine and amphetamines. Although there is altered brain activity with certain medications, this activity is not normally something that can be measured. An EEG would generally not help to diagnose causes of abnormal sleep. The one exception is when seizures occur during sleep. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for migraines caused by cervical degeneration from old whiplash injuries that are "not bad enough for neurosurgery? "

What are some treatments for migraines caused by cervical degeneration from old whiplash injuries that are "not bad enough for neurosurgery? "

Migraine?: Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made,
effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management.
However, migraine by definition is physiological disorders that are not associated with any other illness or pathology.
Re.: see headache or orofacial pain specialist.
Yes Botox is ok. ...Read more

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Should physical therapy for cipro (ciprofloxacin) induced frozen shoulder be different than pt for frozen shoulder caused by an injury?

Should physical therapy for cipro (ciprofloxacin) induced frozen shoulder be different than pt for frozen shoulder caused by an injury?

Frozen shoulder: Exercises to treat frozen shoulder are pretty standard and focused on the condition not what cuased it. Generally initial goal is to achieve range of motion w gentle passive range of motion then progress to active assist and stregthening. ...Read more

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On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that I ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, I ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that I ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, I ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

GiddyYap, Clyde!!!!!!: Quote:"Empty sella syndrome is where the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened, creating a void in the boney sella turcica ("Turkish Saddle")wherein it resides at the base of the brain. ESS can be found in the radiological workup of pituitary disorders, or as an incidental finding."
So, it all depends on why they took the MRI, what symptoms you have. I'm sure your doc will discuss it with you ...Read more

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Can having physical therapy ultrasound to the shoulder joint cause electrical shock in the shoulder and arm? Felt when over shoulder bone.

Can having physical therapy ultrasound to the shoulder joint cause electrical shock in the shoulder and arm? Felt when over shoulder bone.

Yes it can: Its not a real electrical shock but the ultrasound wand most not be used over bony prominences. Keep it deep people. ...Read more

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What are my treatment options for repetitive stress injuries?

Stress injuries: Avoidance of the activity is the best treatment to avoid further injury. You treat any fractures or injuries like any other injury. If it is job related, you may need to change the particular job to something else. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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Hi, I have picked up an injury, at first I thought it was my glute but I now believe it to be my glute. What's the best treatment? I'm a runner

Hi, I have picked up an injury, at first I thought it was my glute but I now believe it to be my glute. What's the best treatment? I'm a runner

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident over a year ago, but made the mistake of trying to work and do treatment and heal all at the same time and my injuries to my n?

I was in a car accident over a year ago, but made the mistake of trying to work and do treatment and heal all at the same time and my injuries to my n?

Rest: Rest is necessary for healing, but after a year you have probably reached maximum medical improvement if you have been undergoing active treatment of your problems. ...Read more

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What is essential in prevention and treatment of injury?

What is essential in prevention and treatment of injury?

Prevent injury: This is a very broad question. Please be more specific about the question you wish to have answered. ...Read more

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What dangers, if any, exist in postponing treatment for self-injury?

What dangers, if any, exist in postponing treatment for self-injury?

Dangers: For one, postponing treatment for self-injury can result in dangers that depend on the type and severity of injury. Some of these injuries can be fatal, and require immediate medical attention. Longer term, the tendency to self-injure needs to be treated since it will only worsen without it. This means addressing the illness and/or suffering that leads to self-injury. It won't just go away. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for neck injury?

What is the treatment for neck injury?

Medication.: Generally medication and physical therapy are indicated, as long as there is nothing that requires injections or surgery. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spleen injury?

What is the treatment for spleen injury?

See below: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thumb injury?

What is the treatment for thumb injury?

Thumb pain: Assess the thumb for range of motion, localization of tenderness, stability, and deformity. An x ray is usually in order to rule out a fracture. If fracture present a hand specialist is needed to evaluate for splinting vs. Possible surgery. ...Read more