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Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Esophagus: After a bypass your stomach can only hold a small amount of food or liquid . Any excess stays in the esophagus . It isn't supposed to be there so the esophagus cramps up trying to force the food down . These spasms are a strong message to stop putting so much into your mouth . Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more

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Would ice/heat therapy help relieve a strained sternum?

Would ice/heat therapy help relieve a strained sternum?

Try: I do not know how severe is the lesion in your sternum. Assuming is not serious...In general ice or heat (topical) works as antiinflammatory. Inmediately to injuries we prefer cold so if there is any bleeding will stop. After few hours heat or warmth is the most common anti inflammatory but some people prefer cold. Make sure there is nothing else like rib fractures or any other pathology. Part 2. ...Read more

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Left side intercostal strain from chest workout 2 weeks ago. Best treatment? Usual duration of injury? Been icing/heating, arnica, nsais. Radiates up.

Left side intercostal strain from chest workout 2 weeks ago. Best treatment? Usual duration of injury? Been icing/heating, arnica, nsais. Radiates up.

Rest, time: These can be stubborn injuries. Healing usually occurs over 3 to 6 weeks. Rest, ice and nsaids are effective. Be patient and avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms. ...Read more

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When must I use cold therapy over heat therapy for back pain?

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

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Ice or heat therapy for tmj?

Ice or heat therapy for tmj?

Depends: If you have a recently injured tmj, ice is the first thing to try. If that isn't helpful or if the injury is more than a few days old, try heat. If that doesn't help, try alternating ice and heat. If none of these help, get it looked at to make sure it doesn't require splint therapy or surgery. After evaluation, other modalities like neuromuscular massage may be helpful. ...Read more

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Does heat therapy help to remove toxins?/ ifr therapy like ceregem.

Does heat therapy help to remove toxins?/ ifr therapy like ceregem.

YES: Saunas are proven to help clear heavy metals and other toxins from our bodies and research suggests that far-infrared saunas are more effective than regular saunas. I personally take infrared saunas regularly. I can't comment on ceregem but recommend infrared saunas. See http://www.Naturalnews.Com/022847.Html ; http://lifestylelaboratory.Com/articles/rogers-protocols.Html. ...Read more

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How often can you apply heat therapy to a chronic sports injury?

How often can you apply heat therapy to a chronic sports injury?

Depends: I usually start 2-3 times per week but reduce frequency as you learn to do the ecercises on your own. ...Read more

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How often should you apply heat therapy to a chronic sports injury?

How often should you apply heat therapy to a chronic sports injury?

It depends: Ice and cooling is for acute injuries or re-exacerbation of injury to reduce inflammation. Heat is used to loosen up muscles, relieve strains, and help prevent injuries such as muscle pulls. If used for this purpose then use heat prior to exercise. Heat can also be used for symptomatic relief such as for chronic low back pain. Frequency would depend on patient preference. ...Read more

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How often do you apply heat therapy to a sports injury that is chronic?

How often do you apply heat therapy to a sports injury that is chronic?

Controversial: Often ice is best. There may be situations where one needs to loosen up an area and heat may be applied. Some deep injuries may need some heat but ice prevents swelling and releves pain. Depending on your injury and need, you should consult with a sports medicine doctor, and physical therapist with interest in your areas of injury. ...Read more

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What is the cost of light heat therapy (lhe) for facial hair removal?

What is the cost of light heat therapy (lhe) for facial hair removal?

Too much: In my opinion, lhe is a bad choice for laser hair removal. Most equipment chills the skin to protect it before firing the light to kill the hair follicle and stem cells. With lhe, the skin is actually heated, supposedly to reduce the energy needed to get the job done. This make no sense to me. It probably works on ideal patients, ie very pale skin, very dark hair. Find another option. ...Read more

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Is infrared heat therapy safe? Does it help in targeted fat reduction? What else can b done to reduce belly fat except exercise?

Is infrared heat therapy safe? Does it help in targeted fat reduction? What else can b done to reduce belly fat except exercise?

Yes, but why??: The biggest cause of belly fat is all the sweet "junk" that most of us are taking. Try taking only god made food and stop all forms of sugar, sweeteners, pop (yes--even diet). ...Read more

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If I partially tore my ACL 1 month ago, will heat therapy heal it quicker?

If I partially tore my ACL 1 month ago, will heat therapy heal it quicker?

No: An acl (partial or complete) cannot heal properly on its own. There are reports of acls that scar down close to their original position with reasonable function but that is rare. Therapy and exercises will only restore overall function, but the acl will stay torn. Only a reconstruction restores the acl function. However, not everyone needs surgery. That is an individual decision. ...Read more

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Took a trip 6days ago still have stiff neck. Been taking tylenol (acetaminophen) and heat therapy nothing is helping. What can I do? 28m

Took a trip 6days ago still have stiff neck. Been taking tylenol (acetaminophen) and heat therapy nothing is helping. What can I do? 28m

Try anti inflamatory: It is still a short time but you can try ibuprophen or Naproxen ( if no Aspirin allergy. Can tolerate these meds without stomach issues and not on blood thinners) along with the heat and tylenol (acetaminophen). If no better with this, then seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Took a 16 hour drive trip and now have severe neck pain. Been using heat therapy now will take tylenol (acetaminophen). Any other recommendations? 28m

Took a 16 hour drive trip and now have severe neck pain. Been using heat therapy now will take tylenol (acetaminophen). Any other recommendations? 28m

Likely muscle spasm: Sitting in the cramped car for 16 hrs is not fun and as we get older we are subjected to more and more aches and pain. Muscle spasm is quite common after such a trip. Gentle massage, range of motion, and use of some antiinflammatory meds such as aleve, (naproxen) motrin/advil and/or muscle rubs such as icy-hot/bengay/aspercream etc..Can help. If persistent, consult doc for some different meds. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Left forearm hurts. Right handed. No injury or overuse. Duration 1 year. Had physical therapy. Heat/cold no help. What can I expect from doctor visit?

Left forearm hurts. Right handed. No injury or overuse. Duration 1 year. Had physical therapy. Heat/cold no help. What can I expect from doctor visit?

Check muscles/nerves: You will need your neck looked at to make sure nothing is being referred from your neck such as a pinched nerve. The physician will also check other nerve structures such as your brachial plexus and possibly even your median nerve which can cause pain in the forearm. You will also need strength and range of motion testing in your upper extremities. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success. ?

I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis.  I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success. ?

Get MRI: If you have 'bursitis' diagnosed by history and physical exam/ X-rays only and have had the treatment you discussed w/out improvement then a good quality MRI scan is indicated. If you've had an MRI scan which confirms above then see a qualified ORS for possible subacromial injection or arthroscopic decompression/rotator cuff repair. Best if Luck! ...Read more