Dr. Carol Van der Harst

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Bay City, MI
37 years experience female

Locations

Medical Rehabilitation Solutions

Bay City, MI

Address

903 N Euclid, Suite 1, Bay City, MI
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

9896674546

Office

Bay City, MI

About

Bio

Dr. van der Harst is a University of Michigan trained, board certified Physiatrist with 25 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Expertise in comprehensive Physical Medicine and Pain Medicine evaluations and treatment, and helping patients recover after injury without surgery.

Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

461 Answers
115 Agrees
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Oh dear: I am glad you are interested in good nutrition. Vegetables may be more comfortable in a cooked format. Avoid high acid fruit/vegetables like raw tom... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Injury, Clot risk?: If you have had blood clots in the past, seek evaluation immediately through the emergency room. If your breast feeding is complicated with pain or b... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
New dose?: Your symptoms can be caused by Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but if this is a previously tolerated dose, you must consider oth... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: That would negate the purpose of your expensive time release pill. Please talk with your physician more about your desire for sleepiness, and your ne... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Whoa: Jumping at a weight of 250 pounds translated to 500 # of force through the knee. This is not a good idea. When you get your weight down to normal th... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
These symptoms are not usual to your surgery. Please call the number on your discharge papers and your surgeon or the anesthesiology team can answer ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: Did you contact an ill person each of those 7 times, have a 1 week illness with runny nose, changing from clear to thick secretions and residual cough... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Possibly: your high calcium, which may be real or an artifact with your Vitamin D therapy. See a physician for further testing of your hormones. You may get a... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Concern: You are asking a serious and life altering question that will require expertise (biopsy?), kindness, follow-up and coordinated Medical Care. This mus... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Rest: Ice, Elevate, Support neutral posture with light wrap. If bruiting is significant get an Xray. By the way, after tendon repair, many like to wrap/ta... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes: It is safe. If the texture isn't a problem.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Your age, even your pregnancy history, may lead you to believe it's hemorrhoids, and constipation or straining on the toilet typically a part of this ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Stress is a difficult word, it can make us grow stronger, adapt and change to face life with confidence. It does not cause wrinkles. Drinking alcoh... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
It is uncommon to get dizzy when going to sleep, but head position or muscular tightness in the neck could contribute to a vestibular ( inner ear) con... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Anterior knee pain without any other symptoms of tightness like difficulty squatting, climbing stairs, getting out of a chair or balance while dressi... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes, the dosing is usually safe, but how did you get to these doses, and is the once a day Lyrica at night? If the dose has recently changed and it i... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Post Covid symptoms are frequently associated with inflammation in lungs and heart. B12 and Vitamin D supplements should help. Deficiency of D is ep... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
You have not mentioned if you are ill or taking steroids for a medical condition, but a common condition that is white is Thrush, seen after antibio... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Possible: The brain and its hormonal controls can be changed by Hydrocephalus. Premature hormonal changes can be seen. Your physician can monitor your blood ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Perfume is made with aromatic oils and extracts of flowers, plants and spices, some alcohol is added to dry the liquid on the skin. There is nothing ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Some ideas: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can give hand and shoulder symptoms- usually more symptomatic at night. With trauma you can injure your neck and have referre... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Please check: Birth Control Pills have a specific recommendation for starting after a normal menses. If you did not follow the directions, you are not protected fr... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
None: Your feelings and emotions are a process of your central nervous system (your brain and the hormones/chemicals in your brain). Discuss your disease a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Difficult to say: Some injuries and problems are clear at birth, others depend on measuring the delay in 'milestones' of development compared to the normal charts. You... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Spontaneous genetic mutations can occur. Dominant and non-dominant conditions well be important for you to consider if fertility is at issue. See... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: Muscle weakness is usually seen proportional to the coalescence of the illness. Your recovery with take twice as long as the illness, unless there wa... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Physical Therapy: The carpel tunnel syndrome of pregnancy has a lot to do with weight gain and water 'retention'. Techniques to improve circulation through massage, mo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Good idea: Global delay is typically an infant diagnosis. Unless there are progressive nutritional risks, aggressive therapy programs for weight bearing, moveme... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Progeria: This is a genetic condition, rare and spontanious. Conditions like down's syndrome have rapidly aging bones.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Exciting to try: 80% of Americans suffer back pain sufficient to miss work in their lifetimes. You are young and asking the right question. Avoid sitting over one ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Rest: Avoid anti-inflamatories like Motrin or aleve if there is a sprain (with instability). Wrap the knee, ice and elevate periodically. Tylenol (acetam... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Lifestyle change: After a major cardiac event your physician may refer you to cardiac rehabilitation. This is a course of physical therapy and education to reverse car... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Pain in general has been shown to be better in sexually active and married individuals. Specific acts w... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes and no: When we are young, the spread of the bare foot helps us balance and stimulate reflexes. When we are grown we need protection of the feet on many su... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Onset?: If you have traumatized your hip or groin with lifting, fall, or accident, seek medical attention for consideration of x-ray. Soft tissue injuries fr... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Concerning: You list a variety of difficult to diagnose conditions for a young woman (burning, pelvic complaints without infection, chest pain and dizziness) ple... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
First time?: Period bleeding comes on schedule and stops after 4-5 days. It may begin as bright red, and finish in darker colors. Dangerous bleeding is unpredict... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Normal: There is a lot of fluid changes in your body due to the pregnancy which can accumulate pressure in the carpel tunnel and mimic your former symptoms. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: A low fat diet, no smoking, achieving normal weight, and general vitamin supplementation is recommended. Magnesium, zinc and probiotic supplements c... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Too long: Fatigue and nausea can occur with depakote, so make sure you are taking your medicine correctly. A blood test can determine if your absorption of the... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Get checked out: You may have exercise induced asthma, and all other treatment/ suggestions would be futile. Always start new exercise slowly and listen to your body.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Interesting: Trauma to a joint can make the whole leg cold. You are a bit young to have a circulation problem. If you have had trauma, or if the skin or nails ch... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Unusual: The sacral nerves from your spinal area go to both your penis and your anus. The nerves sound hyper excitable by your description. A physical examin... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: Cardio exercise should be used for fitness of your heart. This can be accomplished in 30 minutes of vigorous activity a day. To be lean, you will be... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Don't know: You must tell your physician all medications you have taken while pregnant in order to learn more about the effects. There are some medications which... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Well, well: You didn't say why you think you're pregnant or if your back ache came on with your last menstrual cycle. If your period is late, take a home pregnan... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: Herniated discs are common in the area of prior surgery. If you have instability, fusion usually helps. Pain relief is difficult to predict in the ... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Why?: The dose on the bottle is the dose you should take for self treatment of sleeping problems. Perhaps you're frustrated with your problems, but taking ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Think easy: Foods that are easy to digest will be easy on the stomach (less churning, less acid needed). You will find low fat, dairy and vegetable meals to be ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Separate from chaos: If someone you love acts crazy, you will be served by staying sane. Disabilities (mental? Physical?) are no excuse for bad behavior. Seek help thr... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 28, 2013
Great, timely responses
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May 15, 2013
I received a clear and precise diagnosis, with no confusingly long words nor unfamiliar medical terms. This is what I like from the professionals to whom I turn for important advice and support. I am ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. van der Harst is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This is very helpful as I have upper back pain on my left shoulder which I get often. Pinched nerve. This time however, it hurts behind my left breast and under my arm...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! I applied heat last night and this morning I don't have a headache :) Still feel a little pain in my neck and shoulders, getting a massage.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Cal 10.6, then 10.2, vit d 15, PTH 67, supplementing vit d, and they added calcium, calves started hurting after that

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1986MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Saginaw, MI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Saginaw, MI - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Saginaw, MI - Winter
2013
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