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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Scar tissue, can it cause pain?

Scar tissue, can it cause pain?

Yes: Some scar tissue particularly keloid may be associated with pain. This is not completely understood but it clearly associated with inflammation because steroid injections will produce improvements in as little as 3 days. In other situations, scar tissue will entrap nerves as improvement may require surgical release. ...Read more

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Muscle ache in upper back and neck. Could this be muscle strain? Will deep tissue massage or trigger point massage help? Also have severe scoliosis.

Depends where your: scoliosis is located? It can affect the back muscles above and below it to cause muscle strain. MFTP Tx and massage are only temporizing measures. Your best bet is to see a NMM/ OMT Dr. (DO, Doctor of osteopathic medicine), who is a neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist to help you evaluate the degree of scoliosis, if it's a double scoliosis, and help decompress your spine and muscle strains. ...Read more

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Can an MRI reveal scar tissue deep in the calf caused by overuse injury of the soleus/tibialis posterior?

Can an MRI reveal scar tissue deep in the calf caused by overuse injury of the soleus/tibialis posterior?

Yes: One should be able to see scar tissue if it is present. Though, I am not sure an overuse injury would cause scar tissue. ...Read more

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Can a pneumothorax be caused by a deep tissue massage?

Can a pneumothorax be caused by a deep tissue massage?

I guess possible: A pneumothorax is when air escapes out the lung and pushes the lung away from the chest. I suppose a rib injury during massage could do it. I would assume that there would be a kit of pain with the rib fx. But pneumothoraxes often occur spontaneously. Causes include emphysema, bleb (enlarged air sack ) rupture, trauma, and there is even a type associated with menstral period. ...Read more

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Can a soft tissue scalp hematoma cause facial bruising?

Can a soft tissue scalp hematoma cause facial bruising?

Yes, it can: Hematoma is a collection of blood in tissues. This blood can track down under the force of gravity or pressure to the anatomic structures below, such as the face. You want to make sure that the bruising on the face is not due to trauma to other structures. For example, raccoon eyes, bruising around the eyes, can be a sign of a basal skull fracture. Please have this evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can scrotal trauma cause the cremaster muscle to swell & become inflammed which can b felt as groin pain&can it swell and compress ilioinguinal nerve?

Can scrotal trauma cause the cremaster muscle to swell & become inflammed which can b felt as groin pain&can it swell and compress ilioinguinal nerve?

Yes: Yes it can. It will usually worsen the first 2 days after the trauma, then start to improve. Scrotal support, ice and NSAID's such as ibuprofen can help. If it gets worse, see your doctor. One big concern is testicular torsion, though. This would need to be evaluated and treated emergently if present. See a doctor now if you are concerned about torsion. ...Read more

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Could minor injury causes scar tissue?

Could minor injury causes scar tissue?

Yes: scar tissue is the response of tissue, skin or organ to a traumatic or inflammatory process that requires healing of the site of injury. The body repairs the damage by filling in a defect and adding strength to the site by producing a fibroblastic response ...Read more

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Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Massage no/ neck yes: Masage therapists are trained to avoid damage. With a neckinjury aproper evaluation is required. ...Read more

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Can trauma to the scrotum cause deep vein thrombosis?

Can trauma to the scrotum cause deep vein thrombosis?

Scrotum trauma: Trauma to the scrotum is more likely to can severe pain or damage to the testicles that a dvt. Hope that helped. ...Read more

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Can swelling from costochondritis cause stretch marks?

Can swelling from costochondritis cause stretch marks?

No: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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I know chiropractor neck manipulation can cause stroke from their violent twisting, but can a slow and gentle self neck manipulation cause a stroke?

I know chiropractor neck manipulation can cause stroke from their violent twisting, but can a slow and gentle self neck manipulation cause a stroke?

TIA: When there is build up of material in the lining of the neck vessels aka plaque or atherosclerosis, firm manipulation of the overlying tissues may cause a tiny piece to break off and enter the brain. This piece may lodge in a small vessel. Thereby causing interruption of blood flow to that area. If the interruption is brief then transient stroke like symptoms may occur aka tia. ...Read more

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Can scoliosis lead to muscle guarding or tighteness around a specific area?

Can scoliosis lead to muscle guarding or tighteness around a specific area?

Yes: Sure, spinal misalignment will lead to muscles being called on in uneven ways. Some muscles may be over worked or stressed by scoliotic curves and react with spasm and soreness. Of course, other causes may be bringing on such symptoms, so it's worth it to get checked. ...Read more

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Can bluntforce trama cause chest muscle tear?

Can bluntforce trama cause chest muscle tear?

Traum: Certainly possible, although a contusion to the muscle or surrounding tissues would be more likely. ...Read more

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So antipsychotics cause deep muscle stiffness or surface muscle stiffness?

So antipsychotics cause deep muscle stiffness or surface muscle stiffness?

Possible s/e: In fact, muscle stiffness, abnormal muscle movements are reason for very close medical monitoring while taking antipsychotic medication. Often meds are prescribed to prevent this side effect. Another strategy is to keep the dose as low as possible. If any unusual muscle stiffness, twitching or abnormal (dsykinetic) movements are noticed, be sure to tell prescribing doctor right away. Take care. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more