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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

Tuesday: 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
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 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Herniated disc of the low back can cause numbness and tingling in one leg (rarely both), but not in the arms. 25% of americans have herniated disc in... 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 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 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 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 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Ignore: Don't use your strength as a "tool". Use tools to save your joints.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Unusual: There are not really muscles that spasm in the finger. Tightness or pain in the finger can come from cramping in the hands or forearms from overuse, ... 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Oh dear: If you have foot drop, wedges or heals are a bad idea because you have to strain at the knee to clear your foot. Try classy sports shoes with a roun... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: Not everything that burns is due to muscle. Nerve pain and central pain (from the brain) can burn. Toxic exposures, metabolic disease and infection... 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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes: If you have been sexually active in the past 2 months, and your period is late, even if there was an abnormal period in july, take a pregnancy test. ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Not sure: Sounds like a wrist problem from hyper-extension during the push up. Try taping the wrist for stability, or doing your push ups with a neutral grasp ... 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Many: "serious" causes of neuropathy are infections, diseases like diabetes, and toxic exposures. See a neurologist or have your physician organize labora... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Sciatica: Pain from the back into the leg is often called sciatica. There are some chronic gastrointestinal problems that are associated with bony pelvis probl... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Get going: Your symptoms sound serious and need medical attention. If you do not mean numbness and weakness, just tingling, and you are walking but scared, ta... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Working out rigorously rarely causes damage or tear. You are probably experiencing post exercise soreness (which makes it difficult to walk because t... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Breast massage temporarily affects the nipple and breast appearance. Your menstrual cycle is dictated by your hormones and health.
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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 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Normal: You did the right thing to have an examination. You are of the age when serious problems (like testicular cancer) can occur. You can return to your ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes: Increase your water and fluids like tea/hot coffee. Then add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Increase these until you achieve a daily bowel move... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Most back pain, even severe, can be managed at home and clinic by an experienced physician. Rest, medication, activity specific to your injury and so... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Unlikely at your age: Autonomic neuropathy is rare. Chest pain between gerd and heart disease can give autonomic symptoms such as light headedness, shortness of breath. D... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Pregnancy?: Late periods, when you are usually regular, should be taken seriously if you are sexually active. Check a home pregnancy test. If you have received ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Ignore: Muscle tone and grasp (relative to body weight) make high speed sports vehicles dangerous.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes: There can be structural, infectious and metabolic problems within the intestine and liver that are missed by ct scans. Blood work, physical examinati... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Related sometimes: A stomach ulcer is damage to the lining of the stomach ( hole) which can bleed, transform to something chronic, or just cause pain and suffering. Pai... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Ignore: Do not sleep on the point (outside bony prominence) of the shoulder. It pushes too hard on the Cuff.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Depends: If you know the cause of the ulcer, you may be able to cure it naturally. Ulcers commonly heal by stopping drugs like Motrin or Aspirin which created... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Personal: People with pain, edema from stroke or cancer, as well as minor stress related illnesses, tell of great benefits. Sports participants often feel it h... 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Back Pain: 80% of americans will experience severe back pain that interrupts work at some point in their lives. Learning muscle techniques for strength, flexibi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Few in the beginning: Certain syndromes have multiple problems: genetic disorders affecting all organs. Secondary disorders such as obesity, osteoporosis, fractures and ca... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes: With complaints of pain, loss of function, and psychological distress, you need a physician to guide your care. Physical therapy can help by teachi... 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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Healthy diet: Vitamins and minerals are in our food, but most diets do not contain enough vitamin c, d, iodine, zinc, and calcium. Pregnancy can make even greater ... 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 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 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Yes: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) has sedating qualities and should not be combined with alcohol of any type. When you have muscle spasms you need to fo... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
No: Exercise helps circulation. Varicose veins are often genetically predisposed, more common in women, and aggravated by pregnancy and prolonged standin... 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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