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A 24-year-old member asked:

what equipment is necessary for physical therapy?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Alot: There are many thousands of different pieces of physicial therapy equipment needed depending on the condition being treated. There are many different companies that specialize in this type of equipment. Try your favorite search engine for an online search of providers of these devices.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Depends: Equipment can range from simple theraband to elaborate traction equipment.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are some physical therapy exercises for a herniated disc?

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Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Core strengthening: Once you get the ok to exercise from your doctor, work on strengthening your abs and back muscles which will be protective of your spine. You need to do them in a way so as to not cause pain or other injury. Best to work with a physical therapist to develop a home exercise program.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What are some physical therapy exercises for the deltoid?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Many: Front and lateral shoulder raises work the anterior and medial deltoid. Certain rows work the posterior deltoid. Use a resistance band or a very light weight and don't over do. You really need someone to teach you this stuff in person, hands on, so you don't get injured.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between physical therapy and physiotherapy?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No difference: Physiotherapy is a fused version of physical therapy. In the US, physical therapy is a preferred term, though.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What should I expect from physical therapy?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends!: It depends on what your doctor ordered. I generally prescribe an exercise program to stretch and strengthen the back (the therapist instructs you in this), plus general fitness (aerobic exercise). The therapist may use other techniques, but in the end you should be able to do the exercise program on your own.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some techniques in physical therapy for disc herniation?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: Usually stretching and range of motion. There are very specific programs for therapy in disc herniation. Some are flexion exercises, some are extention exercises. A lot would depend on the level of the disc, the symptoms, your general condition and health and the presscription given by your doctor. Some therapist use computer guided machines very specific to the rehabilitation of the back.

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