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Doctor insights on: A Cure For A Stiff Neck And Arthritis Exercise And Stretching

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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,426 doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Whats a good starting weight for neck and wrist exercises?

Whats a good starting weight for neck and wrist exercises?

Depends: Depends on your level of stregth and what you are trying to accomplish. Start out light and increase weight as tolerated is usually a good way to go. ...Read more

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What is a therapy for strained neck muscles and shoulder?

What is a therapy for strained neck muscles and shoulder?

Therapy: There is a variety of approaches. They depend on the presence of pain and other symptoms. Those include range of motion exercises, ultrasound stimulation, heat/ice applications, massage, tens unit applications, stretching techniques. Physical therapist will be able to decide on which ones to use. ...Read more

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What are suggestions for a good exercise dvd for neck and back pain?

What are suggestions for a good exercise dvd for neck and back pain?

Nothing specific: Would consider looking into yoga or pilates dvd's.....Definitely review with an experienced trainer or physical therapist to ensure that you are not doing any exercises that may strain your neck or back further. These two exercise styles tend to be low impact and stress positions that improve posture, breathing, and core strength. ...Read more

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What are some exercises for a elbow dislocation which is positioned back and I have stiffness?

What are some exercises for a elbow dislocation which is positioned back and I have stiffness?

See therapist: You should work closely with your othropedist and with a reputable physical therapist with interest and expertise in the elbow. This venue is too short for specific exercises. They will work with you to restore as much funtions and range of motion as possible. ...Read more

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Exercise for a stiff hip?

Exercise for a stiff hip?

Avoid running!: Bicycling is great, but avoid lower extremity loading activities. Remember, avoid concussive activity. Keep in mind that degenerative arthritis or inflammatory arthritis can, in some people cause more stiffness than pain. You may end up seeing your doctor and getting a simple ap-pelvis and some blood tests (crp). ...Read more

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What is a general cure for a stiff and painful neck?

What is a general cure for a stiff and painful neck?

Exercise/Stretching: Many times muscle spasm and tension can be the cause of neck pain. It could be caused by the way you sleep, if you recently changed pillows, if your job involves moving your neck around alot. Typically strengthening the neck muscles can be helpful and stretching those right muscles can be helpful as well. Other thing might be to change your pillow or sleeping position to help decrease stress. ...Read more

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Has anyone found a cure for work-induced neck and back pain/stiffness?

Win the lottery: Good back health in terms of correct postures and mechanics related to lifting as well as exercise on a regular basis, good sleeping habits and weight control are a few things that can help. Job satisfaction is important. If a smoker, stop since this increases the rate of spine degeneration. ...Read more

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Can I wear a neck brace for 3 weeks for chronic neck muscle pain that hasnt responded to physical therapy or meds?

Yes you can: yes you can if it is making you more comfortable. you need to apply heat, and take muscle relaxant. and pain medication like naproxen or ibuprofen. not better get MRI to make sure that there is no internal damages ...Read more

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What is the best exercise for a stiff neck?

What is the best exercise for a stiff neck?

See below: Depends on why your neck is stiff. If you recall an injury it's best to take it easy for a week or so before resuming a workout. You may want to try moist heat and massage ...Read more

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How to relieve tension in neck and throughout back without massage? Any tips for at home consistent therapy or exercises?

How to relieve tension in neck and throughout back without massage? Any tips for at home consistent therapy or exercises?

Biofeedback can: be helpful for muscle pain as well as for the anxiety and depression seen in your history. It is natural and non-invasive and can empower you to manage these conditions w/out the machines eventually. Peace and good health. Please see a licensed professional such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in biofeedback. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in back and sore foot and toes. Will physio help with pain in foot? Aslo would a massage of foot be recommended?

I have a pinched nerve in back and sore foot and toes. Will physio help with pain in foot? Aslo would a massage of foot be recommended?

It may help: It's depends what nerve is pinched and where the pain is in the foot and the toes. this may all fit but you need an evaluation to clarify these differences ...Read more

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Is acupuncture or massage therapy more effective for joint and low back pain?

Is acupuncture or massage therapy more effective for joint and low back pain?

Acupuncture: The cause of your back pain is what will determine what you should do. Both of the approaches you mentioned treat symptoms. You need to find out what is causing your pain. Injury, misuse, over use, congenital. Issues are all possibilities.. ...Read more

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What kind of stretching would be a good treatment for a neck sprain?

What kind of stretching would be a good treatment for a neck sprain?

See below: The best way to stretching is not pulling from your neck, it's levering your shoulders with the end of a bed ( or bench) and trying to put the mandibleat 90 degrees. ...Read more

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What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

Depends: Both specialists overlap quite a bit. Just depends on what you are comfortable with. Physical therapy is now doing a lot of manipulation therapies and vice versa chiropractors are noting the benefit of active exercise therapy for their patients as well. Often times seeing an sports medicine physician might be helpful since they have experience with both care types to guide you. ...Read more

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What to do for a stiff neck after a yoga headstand?

What to do for a stiff neck after a yoga headstand?

Alternate pose: Three things. First go over your headstand technique with an instructor that you trust. A proper headstand should not have you bearing all of the weight of the body on your head. If you are using the tripod version, most of the weight should be borne on your arms. The head should actually be fairly suspended without a lot of pressure.Second, do not do headstands if this causes persistent problems. ...Read more

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Pulsation feeling in toes and calf pain, back stretches an pt for 9months.Excercise an 1hr a day.Happens at rest and when active. No real relief help?

Pulsation feeling in toes and calf pain, back stretches an pt for 9months.Excercise an 1hr a day.Happens at rest and when active. No real relief help?

Consider vascular: Doppler studies are ultrasounds that can check for arterial and venous bloodflow. The "pulsation feeling" may be an indication that a vascular problem is present. Ask your pcp about this. Many facilities will offer free screenings for pad (peripheral arterial disease). If there is something noted, a vascular specialist may be consulted. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more