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Dr. Zachary Levine Dr. Levine
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

Compression fracture: If vcf is a vertebral compression fracture, then the return to exercise depends n the level and location (cervical, thoracic or lumbar). Some times bracing is required and return to exercise is dependent on followup films and neurologic assessments. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Douglas Linville II Dr. Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
26 years in practice
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My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

My husband has a moderate vcf for 2 weeks. Severe back pain. When can he start doing exercises at home, and when should he start phys therapy? Thanks.

VCF Older: For any low energy fracture, nonsurgical treatment is fine. Allowing increased activity as pain allows is the answer. The first 3 weeks are toughest with decrease in pain as the bone heals (which it does 70% of the time). Osteoporosis eval is mandatory to prevent more fractures. Kyphoplasty is an excellent and fast solution if pain persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
28 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

Varies: Despite many years of research, there has never been one form of exercise that has proven superior to another for lower back pain. This is probably because back pain is not a single condition. Generally what we try to do is find exercises that can initially be done with reasonable comfort and then progress to more difficult and strenous ones as tolerated. ...Read more

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Dr. Kiley Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Pain Management
22 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Bradenton
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I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

Radiating pain: Pain after therapy radiating down the leg to the knee is most likely related to nerve irritation. I suggest you go back into the physician who referred you to physical therapy and be reassessed. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Tromanhauser Dr. Tromanhauser
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
31 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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I have lower back pain from last 6 years . Ir some time completely disapear and sometime become very severe, physical theraphy or exercise please ?

I have lower back pain from last 6 years . Ir some time completely disapear and sometime become very severe, physical theraphy or exercise please ?

Both are helpful: P.T and exercise can be helpful and in fact the best type of p.T. For back problems is an exercise based program. Hands on, passive therapy is not likely to help much so an active, exercise program is best. If you smoke cigarettes, stop smoking. Good research shows that smokers have more pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Urgent Care
15 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Hi I have been suffering with my upper back pain since one year so in xrays spina bifida at L5 seen. Is I need any treatment plus can I exercise. ?

Hi I have been suffering with my upper back pain since one year so in xrays spina bifida at L5 seen. Is I need any treatment plus  can I exercise.  ?

See your doctor: Back pain can be very recurrent . The Spina Bifida is likely a problem you had since birth and the upper back pain may not be directly related unless you also have low back pain. I would take acetaminophen, stretch, see your doctor for a more structured approach. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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Is sex an effective therapy for back pain?

Is sex an effective therapy for back pain?

Can be, yes: Multiple muscle are used during sex which helps keep up mobility. Patients with back pain tend to feel "stiff all over." the body releases pain relieving chemicals during sex which also helps. One key component is to find a very comfortable position (try being on top) which is especially important during orgasm. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
28 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Does magnetic therapy help back pain and how?

Does magnetic therapy help back pain and how?

Variable: Magnet therapy has been around for over 100 years and keeps popping up every 25 years or so. I have some patients who get relief of pain from magnets and others who do not. The exact mechanism of magnet therapy is not known. The effectiveness of magnets is sketchy in my opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. James Wright Dr. Wright
Dentistry
29 years in practice
Marquette University School of Dentistry
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Holistic therapies - what is good for back pain?

Holistic therapies - what is good for back pain?

Arnica: Arnica is one of the holistic pain management that we recommend... Without using narcotics or nsaids, it is worth a try for inflammation or pain. Read the package directions or ask your local health store about the potency and best dosage for using arnica. A holistic doctor would be a good idea for dosage or if pain persists for more than a brief time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
28 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How can I improve the most out of back pain therapy?

How can I improve the most out of back pain therapy?

Do your exercises: The way to get the most benefit out of any type of physical therapy is to do the exercises that you are given and practice them at home. If you do not do the home exercises, you will likely not benefit from therapy. It is liking taking piano lessons. If you do not practice in between lessons, you will not get any better. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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How can a heat wrap therapy help my back pain?

How can a  heat wrap therapy help my back pain?

Her how it works: Heat therapy induces vasodilation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes. The warmth decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Cheng Dr. Cheng
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Does inversion therapy work as a treatment for back pain?

Making more room: The theory of inversion or decompression therapy is that the bones of the spine have a chance of spreading out with the help of gravity or traction. This spreading of the bones allows for more space where the nerves exit the spinal column. More space equates to less chance for the nerves to be impinged or irritated. Check with your doctor to see if this form of therapy may be beneficial for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Chang Dr. Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
17 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What's better for back pain == active or passive therapy?

What's better for back pain == active or passive therapy?

Depends: Acute back pain can respond to passive pt, chronic back pain is most responsive to active pt. ...Read more

Dr. David Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Pain Management
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Can you have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Can you have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Sure: I dont think it is any more or less likely than having not been on chemo. ...Read more

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Is aqua therapy effective in helping disc/back pain and injuries?

Yes: Aqua therapy can be very effective in treating back pain/injuries. As you understand, our spinal column is our primary weight bearing structure, so when it becomes diseased, its weight bearing ability diminishes and prior demands now become uncomfortable. Aqua therapy takes upon itself the gravity factor and relieves your back that way. ...Read more

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Dr. Muaiad Kittaneh Dr. Kittaneh
Addiction Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is it normal to have back pain when recovering from chemo therapy?

Something else ?: It depends, but one of the commonest causes of back pain after chemo is bone marrow stimulation if a medication like Neupogen or Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) has been used to prevent a drop in counts. Please check with your doctor if that is the cause and to make sure you do not need an xray, a bone scan or MRI to rule out something else as the cause of your back pain. ...Read more

Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Can chiropratic therapy improve back pain? What else is it good for ?

See PT or chiro: Back pain can be caused by many things. If you are young and having mild back pain it is probably musculoskeletal in origin. If the pain is severe or if you have any numbness or weakness you should see a doctor immediately. If the pain is not severe then seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor could be very helpful. Good posture, stretching and regular aerobic exercise is also helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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How does chiropractic therapy help treat back pain?

How does chiropractic therapy help treat back pain?

I do not believe in: Single approach, we must include other speciality in the treatment beause some we need surgery or other modalties for a good outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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When must I use cold therapy over heat therapy for back pain?

Yuo could either one: Cold therapy produces vasoconstriction, which slows circulation reducing inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. Heat therapy induces vasodilation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes. The warmth decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. ...Read more

Dr. Nadu Tuakli Dr. Tuakli
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
University of Zambia School of Medicine
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Is bio-hormone therapy for back pain effective?

Is bio-hormone therapy for back pain effective?

Probably not: If the cause of the back pain is not hormonal it is unlikely that hormone therapy will help. There are some hormones that have an effect on muscles but they usually do not cause relief of back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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