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Broken Wrist Physical Therapy Exercises
Hand exercises: Some basic hand exercises include squeezing an old tennis ball or racquet ball; and opening the hand with a rubber band (or similar item) around the tips of the fingers (opposite motion of squeezing.) another way to perform these exercises is to put your hands inside a sandbox, then opening and closing the hands and fingers inside the sand. See your doctor or hand therapist for specific exercises. ...Read more
Pain and swelling: Associated with a bone spur, or a arthritic joint may feel better with conservative methods such as Pt, ot, nsiads, ice for overuse, warmth for stiffness, splints for excessive force causing pain etc, but of course no one of these methods will alter the bone or joint. Much of the "treatment: for joint arthritis, bone spurs etc is palliative and we treat symptoms "help" comes w symptom reduction ...Read more
How does physical therapy help " some thinning of the central tfcc" as described by an mri? Would the wrist not be as strong as it's weakest link.
Stabilize: Based on the limited info available, pt can strengthen the hand, wrist and forearm muscles, thus "unloading" some of the stress on the cartilaginous and ligamentous structures around the wrist. The tfcc is a cartilage structure at the end of the ulna. Those MRI findings may not necessarily explain the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
During/after physical therapy for my wrist my pinky/ring finger started shaking. What could be the reason?
The ulnar nerve: Passes through a tight canal at the wrist. Movement of the wrist, particularly an injured wrist can result in inflammation around the ulnar nerve causing some compression, or the nerve itself can become irritated or inflamed. Irritation or inflammation of the ulnar nerve or surrounding tissues at the wrist or elbow can result in numbness, tingly, and/or trembling of the pinky finger. ...Read more
Rsi to wrist over past 10 months, last 5 months no injury, been doing physical therapy for last 2. However pain during hyperextension sometime, is it time for arthroscopy? Or give more time for therap
Wrist pain: X-ray and an MRI / mr arthrogram of the wrist should have been performed for wrist pain lasting 5-10 months. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can also provide valuable information. An underlying cartilaginous tear or tendon disruption may be present. Arthroscopic surgery may help determine and treat the cause at the same time. Depending on the cause, prp & prolotherapy may be helpful. ...Read more
Wrist pain from soccer for 2 years, 1st doctor say physical therapy, 1 year later 2nd doctor say nothing wrong after x-ray, still feel pain, solution?
Xrays show bones: If someone has wrist pain for several years and the cause isn't clear it would be a good idea to be seen by a hand specialist. Xrays only show bones and it is possible that there is a problem with a tendon or a ligament that is being missed because it wouldn't show on an xray. ...Read more
I have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? I have fallen twice, once I broke my wrist. I am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. Could I go for laproscopic surgergy?
Depends: Balance problems from cervical stenosis should be adressessed by a spine surgeon before other elective procedures not as impt if lumbar stenosis depends on where the stenosis is, two falls from balance problems from lumbar stenosis dosent sound right maybe your falls are from a foot drop? If your balance issues are from cervical stenosis therapy won't help. ...Read more
I have had constant pain in my left bicep primarily, but sometimes shooting pain down to my wrist, sometimes in my shoulder. This has been going on 3 months. I have seen doctors, had xrays (no mri), am in physical therapy. No pain medication has brought
Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more
I had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair four weeks ago today. I am still in a sling and have not yet begun physical therapy. I have significant nerve pain in my wrist and forearm area when the arm is extended (when bent the pain is not apparent) to inclu
Comments: You may be getting some stiffness at the joints due to lack of use, secondary to the sling. Once you commence range of motion with physical therapy, this should start to resolve. Do contact your orthopedic surgeon, and let know of your symptoms. Doubt you have true "nerve" issues, but if concerns persist, an EMG test could clarify. ...Read more
Stiffness, pain, etc: Post-operative hand therapy is a very helpful adjunct to surgery. Hand therapists can address stiffness, sensory re-education, desensitization, strength training, wound care and many more post-operative issues. Your hand surgeon would typically decide if you are a good candidate for hand therapy. ...Read more
I need physical therapy for my hand and knees. My doctor had to send P.T. scripts for both my hand and knees to the PT clinic. What are PT scripts? Are they treatment plans (length of the treatment [number of weeks], how many times a week)?
Prescription: These are physical therapy prescriptions. They direct a patient to physical therapy, listing the diagnosis, recommended therapeutic treatments (stretching, strengthening, modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound), the suggested number of treatments per week and duration of treatment; i.e. 2 times/week for 4 weeks. With some plans, the prescriptions are required for insurance to cover the visits. ...Read more
I have trigger finger of the middle finger of my right hand. this is my dominant hand. Is physical therapy a worthy treatment option & if yes, how?
Sometimes: Hand therapy can sometimes be helpful although personally I have found that a cortisone shot works better and faster. Sometimes when these keep coming back they need to be operated on. Trigger fingers are caused by thickened nodules in tendons that flex the fingers. The nodule gets caught under a structure in the hand called a pulley and this is what cause the triggering. ...Read more
I get sharp pains in my forearms when releasing grip from steering wheel or lifting hand after it has rested on a suface I have been having these for 6 months have had physical therapy xrays MRI and CT scan show nothing what can be causing this?
What could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?
Hand physio: If it's your dominant hand, you could be unhappy and faced with long term or progressive restricted hand and finger movement, strength, and coordination. ...Read more
I had a shoulder arthroscopy and I didn't complete physical therapy. Are there exercises I can do to make it better?
Yes: When surgery was done and what procedures were performed would determine the type of exercises to do. Typically 4-6 weeks I immobilization with simple passive exercises followed by progression to active assisted, and the active motion. After 10-12 weeks strengthening can commence. This is based on rotator cuff repair. ...Read more
None: There are no specific exercises that prevent bed sores. Bed sores are caused by pressure on the skin in people who are immobile. When mobile people feel pressure in certain areas of their bodies they move around to alleviate the pressure. In immobile people, they need to be helped to do this by others. Turning a person from side to back to side every 2 hours helps. Special beds can help. ...Read more
Graded program: Pt for rotator cuff problems usually start out with assisted exercises to decrease pain while gradually increasing the exercises to improve painless range of motion. Once painless range of motion has been achieved specific exercises to strengthen the rotatorcuff muscles are started and then finally sports specific exercises depending on what type of sport the person would like to go back to. ...Read more
Many: Assuming your physician has allowed exercises to begin for your fracture, there are many exercises to work on range of motion and strengthening. Sometimes aqua therapy is recommended for motion and to help decrease swelling and weight on the limb during healing. Your physician should give you specific exercises to perform or refer you to a physical therapist for treatment. ...Read more
Quadriceps strength: Weak knees usually refer to weak quadriceps. Simple straight leg raises and wall sits are great exercises you can do under he supervision of a therapist as well as on your own between therapy visits. Stationary bikes, swimming, short arc squats, leg extension against resistance are all additional exercises often used to strengthen the quadriceps. ...Read more
Focus on quadriceps: Straight leg raises and quadriceps contractions are usually allowed and warranted to eventually allow for crutch free ambulation. Of course your specific injury and/or surgical intervention will ultimately dictate what you should do during your recovery. Your treating physician should be the best source of information for your specific knee injury. ...Read more
Many: Physical therapy and rehab exercises for tears of the meniscus will vary based on the severity of the injury, so check with your physical therapist or doctor for specifics. In general, any exercise that strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and hips will be beneficial, as will ones that improve balance (proprioceptive exercises), flexibility, and range of motion. ...Read more
See below: Check out spine health you can google this there's an article about abdominal and back strengthening exercises. Good luck thank you. ...Read more
Good idea: Global delay is typically an infant diagnosis. Unless there are progressive nutritional risks, aggressive therapy programs for weight bearing, movement, cognitive stimulation and functional activities on 5-7 day a week basis have merit. Unfortunately this is not a medical benefit and will be expensive. Some families choose 2-3 months a year of such a program and simulate it at home afterward. ...Read more
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