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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

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RHEUMATOLOGIST Have acquired hypermobile knees&overpronate Wear OrthoticsCan hips bcome overstretched if do exercise of knees&hips 2 strengthen muscle?

RHEUMATOLOGIST Have acquired hypermobile knees&overpronate Wear OrthoticsCan hips bcome overstretched if do exercise of knees&hips 2 strengthen muscle?

Hypermobility Ehlers: You have benign hypermobility which is Ehlers Danlos Type III. This is genetic - an autosomal dominant. Exercise is important and is protective of your joints. You need a directed exercise program and an evaluation. Ask your physician to have you see a Rheuamtologist ...Read more

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Do back braces and weight lifting belts work?

Do back braces and weight lifting belts work?

No: Several studies have shown that back braces do not reduce work place injuries. However, there is evidence to show that back braces can help maintian a proper lifting posture, and therefore some workers choose to use a back brace. Wearing a back brace has not been shown to be harmful, and therefore if it provides a "feel good" effect then by all means wear it. ...Read more

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Could neoprene waist reducers really work?

Could neoprene waist reducers really work?

Only temporarily : Neoprene waist reducers work by causing spot sweating which causes some size reduction but that only lasts until the next drink of water. ...Read more

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Do neoprene waist reducers actually work?

No.: If by "work" you mean reduce your weight or body fat, the answer is no. The elastic tension of a neoprene wrap might actually reduce your waist size as long as you are wearing it, but this is a "girdle" effect and has nothing to do with changing your body composition. ...Read more

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Shin feels like stretching rubber band when moving ankle. Hit with hard ball. Att tendinitis?

Shin feels like stretching rubber band when moving ankle. Hit with hard ball. Att tendinitis?

Not achilles.: Sounds like a good bruise from getting hit wiith the hardball. There is little tissue covering the tibia so not much protection there from injury. Ice followed by heat would be a good way of clearing this up. ...Read more

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With a tailbone injury can you do strength training w weights ie squats,leg press, hip abducter and cardio - elliptical?

With a tailbone injury can you do strength training w weights ie squats,leg press, hip abducter and cardio - elliptical?

Varies: It varies somewhat based on the severity of the injury. If it is a fracture, you would be well suited to avoid exercises that put extra strain on that area such as seated military press, etc for 6-8 weeks. If it was more of a soft tissue injury, than basically you would just try to keep your activities to such a level that your pain is not aggravated, but could increase them as tolerated. ...Read more

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Can loose skin on thighs tighten up with strength training exercises & cardio?

Can loose skin on thighs tighten up with strength training exercises & cardio?

No: But you are young. If you dropped a large amount of fat, leaving skin stretched out, the skin may slowly shrink to accommodate to a slimmer body. Exercise is very good for you. I hope you keep it up. ...Read more

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Tight hamstrings & bilat shooting pain dwn thighs x4months.Runner.Previously flexible.Have ctd. Md quickly dx'd me w/hamstring pull.Referred me to pt?

Tight hamstrings & bilat shooting pain dwn thighs x4months.Runner.Previously flexible.Have ctd. Md quickly dx'd me w/hamstring pull.Referred me to pt?

Hamstrings: Trial of pt and non steroidal anti inflammatory agents would be of help for hamstring pull along with rest and gradual increase in exercise and stretching . Consider further work up if no response. ...Read more

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Curing slight runner's knee? I walk daily for 2.5 miles, have a BMI of 21.8, do quad sets, push ups and elevate my knee when sleeping using pillow.

Curing slight runner's knee?
I walk daily for 2.5 miles, have a BMI of 21.8, do quad sets, push ups and elevate my knee when sleeping using pillow.

Physical therapy: You need to do pt or a good home exercise program. You need to do eccentrics and isometrics. You would do "knee squeezes" as isometrics and also terminal knee extensions as well as leg lifts. Then you would progress to one legged squats to give yourself good neuromuscular control. ...Read more

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Epstein-barr tst rslts - what do they mean? Ref rng <0.91, VCA ab in rng, VCA ab IgG 4.46 out +, nucl ag (ebna)(igg) >5.00 +, cyto ab (igg) 3.91 +

Epstein-barr tst rslts - what do they mean?  Ref rng <0.91, VCA ab in rng, VCA  ab IgG 4.46 out +, nucl ag (ebna)(igg) >5.00 +, cyto ab (igg) 3.91 +

Possible exposure: Igg positive antibodies which you have, indicate a past infection and not recent i.e. Active. Positive i gm antibodies usually indicate current infection. This means you may be have been exposed to mono in the past, the debate still goes on whether there's any correlation between this and chronic fatigue syndrome as many patients who have positive igg or igm do not have chronic fatigue symptoms. ...Read more

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Will wearing compression garments help in post hernia repair(on jan 2014), hard ball like seroma in abdomen and strengthen surgery areas?

Will wearing compression garments help in post hernia repair(on jan 2014), hard ball like seroma in abdomen and strengthen surgery areas?

No help now: There are some repairs in the literature that have shown a benefit in preventing seromas by using a compression garment, but once one forms, it will most likely not help make it go away faster. I less it is causing problems, such as pain, or enlarging significantly, i tell my patients to proceed about their usual activities as it should resolve within 6 months. No need for ct scans or ultrasounds. ...Read more

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What are jock straps good for?

What are jock straps good for?

Jock straps: support a male's genitalia when engaged in vigorous activities (like exercise or sports) ...Read more

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Me and my gf started using an 8" strap. When we first started i was bleeding a little bit but the more we use it the more i bleed. She the first female partner I've had and its the first time I've bled?

Me and my gf started using an 8" strap. When we first started i was bleeding a little bit but the more we use it the more i bleed. She the first female partner I've had and its the first time I've bled?

Sex and Bleeding: There are some strict barriers to sex and doctors. We cannot tell you how, or when, or with whom to have sex. But, there are some great guidebooks such as "the joy of lesbian sex" or this website: 'http://www.Ourbodiesourselves.Org. You may need more lubrication, more foreplay to soften the vaginal vault. But, if you are bleeding you probably should be a bit more careful. ...Read more

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Is black strap molasses cure dark spot?

Is black strap molasses cure dark spot?

Black strap molasses: Only if you skin is the color of the molasses and you ut it on the darker spot. ...Read more

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Do they strap a baby down for circumcision?

Do they strap a baby down for circumcision?

Yes, usually: Known as a papoose board, this device is padded and gently holds an infant still while the delicate procedure is performed. While some might consider this device offensive, i would argue its use to be beneficial and more humane than risking allowing a child to squirm and wiggle at just the wrong moment. Babies are "carefully secured" rather than " strapped down.". ...Read more

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Does wearing patellar straps all the time help heal patella endonitis?

Does wearing patellar straps all the time help heal patella endonitis?

Treatment options: My suggestions to patients with patella tendonitis consist of rice, anti-inflammatories (oral/ topical), quad stregthening, lower extremity stretching. I also may suggest ice massage, or counterforce bracing. If the above list does not help then you may want to consider discussing prp with your physician based on some recent literature (http://drmarkgalland.Com/category/knee/). ...Read more

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How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

Longer the better: Rest, ice, elevation when lying down and scrotal support is important to keep the scrotum from getting swollen. 2 weeks at a minimum, but 4 weeks would be even better. If the scrotum gets swollen it can take a long time for the hydrocele to feel better (like months) so pay your dues early. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my bra straps are kind of loose will my breasts start to sag?

Could you tell me if my bra straps are kind of loose will my breasts start to sag?

Breast care: If your bra straps are loose, that means that your breasts are not getting much support. But it doesn't mean it is causing sagging. Breast health is very important. 85% of women are not wearing the correct size bra. Encourage you to go to a bra specialty store for a proper fitting as well as selection of a bra that will provide the necessary support. Take care. ...Read more

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What type of full day work out includes bicycling, weight lifting and strap weights?

What type of full day work out includes bicycling, weight lifting and strap weights?

Overuse: Full day workout ? Must have a goal / purpose for this. Only ones i know of for this are endurance athletes -- triathlon, cycling, running. Certainly ok to mix and match, but should lead to goal with purposeful steps along the way. Be sure to take in calories while doing the workout. Also, recovery time critical -- don't cut this short. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sharp back pain below bra strap on left side. Started today in the a.M. Lasted a few minutes and went away. Concerned cause it hurts again. Causes?

Sharp back pain below bra strap on left side. Started today in the a.M. Lasted a few minutes and went away. Concerned cause it hurts again. Causes?

Sharp pain: Most sharp stabbing pains could me due to muscle spasms. Try heat and any otc ointment like bengay. If the pain does not resolve within a week, see a physician. ...Read more

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I wear HR strap while exercising.i was doing mod intensity work,HR avg 190 max221.Scared bc i didn't feel it go to221 but monitor usually accurate. 17

I wear HR strap while exercising.i was doing mod intensity work,HR avg 190 max221.Scared bc i didn't feel it go to221 but monitor usually accurate. 17

Exercise Tachycardia: I question the accuracy of a HR monitor that registers a maximum HR in the 220bpm range for a human subject!Infants do not achieve this heart rate with high fevers or distress. 220 bpm is the heart rate of a hummingbird or small mammal. That being said, there is no benefit to exercise so intense it triggers a HR above 150bpm in most adults and signs of physiological distress slow most people down! ...Read more

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I have a severe pain in my back on the left side right where my bra strap is. I've had it more than 2 weeks and have tried ice heat ibuprofenbut no hel?

I have a severe pain in my back on the left side right where my bra strap is. I've had it more than 2 weeks and have tried ice heat ibuprofenbut no hel?

Muscular: Since it has been a few weeks and no better, no is the time to see your doc to have an exam. Most of these issues resolve in time. You may benefit from some physical therapy. ...Read more

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Best bra strap for shoulder bursitis?

Best bra strap for shoulder bursitis?

Not associated: A bra strap does not prevent, help or make shoulder motion more difficult. The repetitive motion of the shoulder along with some collarbone spurs that protrude down into the bursa region can cause inflammation of the bursa and the pain associated with it. Inflammation of the rotator cuff tendon can also cause an irritation of the overlying bursa leading to bursitis as well. ...Read more

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Will wearing my patellar strap help or hurt my tendonitis?

Will wearing my patellar strap help or hurt my tendonitis?

Helps....alot!: I to suffer from patella tendinitis, especially when i play basketball. The straps do seem to help, but i found that ice after playing is the best treatment for my symptoms. Exercises that focus on quad strengthening are also helpful, as are nsaid's. If your symptoms become unmanageable, visit a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for further treatment. ...Read more

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How do I strap my shoulder to prevent it from being dislocated?

How do I strap my shoulder to prevent it from being dislocated?

See an Ortho Doc to-: Be treated properly as recurrence ( getting dislocations again and again) is rather high in young adults. You'll need physiotherapy to increase the strength in the muscles and you'll be taught the do's ; don'ts of protecting the shoulder. Strapping by itself might not be enough to prevent recurrence. So seeing an orthopod would be beneficial to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My groin hurts a lot after I run. Should I wear strap or something?

My groin hurts a lot after I run. Should I wear strap or something?

Yes: Groin strap will not hurt and it supports scrotum which may be beneficial. Try not to run for a couple of weeks and determine if the groin pain dissipates. ...Read more

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When a baby is getting circumcised do the doctors strap the baby to a board so he can't move?

When a baby is getting circumcised do the doctors strap the baby to a board so he can't move?

Yes for few moments: We don't want him to kick during the procedure. This neiither cruel nor torture if anesthetic cream is applied to the penis for 15 - 30 minutes beforehand. We also give the baby sweetease (sugar water) to suck down during the procedure. ...Read more

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I need a way to stop my cpap mask from leaking until the new one is delivered.  Adjusting the straps doesn't work. ?

I need a way to stop my cpap mask from leaking until the new one is delivered.  Adjusting the straps doesn't work. ?

Mgt: Masks that are a little softer and more malleable allow the mask to form fit to the face. I would suggest asking your PCP to order one from a local supplier. In the meantime, the mask that you have can be adjusted as best you can. ...Read more

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Pain on mid spine where bra strap together lie, pain when touching it, redness and a little pain when bending back. 19. ?

Irritation: from the bra hooks could be the cause, at your young age, but a local infection is also a possibility. Assuming you have had no injury, you could try wearing a sports bra, keeping a little disposable hand warmer (from sporting/hunting store) on the spot and watch it for several days. If redness or pain get worse, or you get a fever or chills, be seen right away. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am a male who loves my girlfriend to perform anal sex on me, with an array of different sized strap ons, is this normal?

I am a male who loves my girlfriend to perform anal sex on me, with an array of different sized strap ons, is this normal?

Sexuality: This is a known sexual activity that many couples participate in. If this brings you pleasure then yes, this can be considered normal. Two consenting adults are involved. I often recommend that sexually active adults get a sex manual or guide book to learn how to do these activities safely. The one i know best is called "the joy of sex". ...Read more

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Can a bad disk in the back where the bra strap is in middle be very painful? I had MRI but haven't received results yet and i keep having pain

Can a bad disk in the back where the bra strap is in middle be very painful? I had MRI but haven't received results yet and i keep having pain

A disk can be bad: At any level from neck to lower back. Thoracic disks can rupture and bulge but this is more uncommon than lower back or neck. Its best to wait for MRI results so you can better know what that shows, (if anything). Even MRI s dont always give the answer. ...Read more