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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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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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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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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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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?

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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