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Cold Therapy Devices Cause Skin Nerve
Yes: If your speaking about a constant cold therapy device such as one of the ones which circulate cold water continuously or even a simple ice bath or ice pack, the answer is yes. Take care to protect the skin and subcutaneous structures from damage by icing through a towel or facecloth, and limiting ice to 10-15 minutes. Consult your doctor, pt or atc as to the best method for your particular problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
I have just started seeing dry flaky skin on my penis. I just started wearing a traction device last week. Is that the cause?
Maybe: What you are doing is not going to make you bigger and may do harm to your organ. Please consult this site for information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/sexual-health/in-depth/penis/art-20045363 ...Read more
I have developed a bald patch on my beard on the upper lip. It does not itch and the skin is not discoloured. What can be the causes and therapy?
Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches. Treatment is with topical cortisone or cortisone shots injected into the area of hair loss. This condition may be associated with thyroid disease and or anemia. ...Read more
Doing physical therapy for migraines on my neck, shoulders, & base of head. Always off balance and dizzy. Then vomiting begins. What can cause this?
Neck or migraine: There is vertigo that comes when the brain doesn't get position info from the neck nerves either from muscle spasm or arthritis. Treatment is pt to neck if dizziness and neck symptoms parallel. Some migraines have vertigo as the aura. Nausea/vomiting seen with either migraine or vertigo but with migraine usually sound/light sensitivity. May need ENT with ear expertise to sort these two conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm thinking of having a vagus nerve stimulator device in my brain for epilepsy.This is my first surgical treatment.Do I Carry on taking my medication with this treatment.
Negative EMG/nerve conduction study. Negative MRI of head/neck. Physical therapy no help. Weakness in left arm for 6+ months. What could it be?
Details: Without having more history or context, nor the results of what was done, it is difficult to make an assessment. Suggest you obtain a second opinion, whether it is here on a virtual concierge consult, or with other doctors either in your area or at a tertiary care center like Ohio State. ...Read more
On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that i ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, i ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?
GiddyYap,Clyde!!!!!!: Quote:"Empty sella syndrome is where the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened, creating a void in the boney sella turcica("Turkish Saddle")wherein it resides at the base of the brain. ESS can be found in the radiological workup of pituitary disorders,or as an incidental finding." So, it all depends on why they took the MRI, what symptoms you have.I'm sure your doc will discuss it with you ...Read more
Could low dose asa therapy cause you to bruise more easily and to develop purple spots on skin? I am also on HRT and lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril) for hypertension.
Yes: That is a common effect of low dose Aspirin due to the inhibition of blood platelets. If your hypertension is well controlled it can still happen but is more likely if not controlled. As one gets older the skin gets thinner and capillaries get more fragile and tear easier which makes these bruises appear more often. ...Read more
Light source: Get a light that emits frequencies mimicing sunlight as closely as possible. Make sure it's easy to use under a range of circumstances. If too large, heavy or awkward then a tendency to not use it defeats its purpose. Some run on rechargeable batteries and are quite portable and easy to use. Led lights work well even though they are not totally sunlight similar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple uses: Light therapies can be used for treatment of seasonal affective disorder (sad), a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. Also, light therapy or phototherapy (or heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, or dichroic lamps to treat various skin conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not normally: It depends on what type of treatment you are getting, but with resurfacing the device does not touch your face. ...Read more
Perhaps you can: If you have good hand and arm strength you could hang from a pull-up bar and let the weight of your trunk and legs put traction on your low back, which may feel good. If you try this, be careful getting up and down, and be careful not to fall. The bar would be equipment. There may be a beam or bar that is part of your living unit, but you need to be sure it will support your total body weight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?
Both can help: Massage will help with some of the sore muscles that are aggravated by the irritated nerves and the tens unit is very good for pain control by something called "gate theory", both modalities work in different ways and both can be of benefit. Physical therapy is the best for this though, so keep that up! strengthening the supporting musculature and core will help stabilize the slip and herniation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a pinch nerve to the back of my head. I went to theropy and i don't feel pain as much but i feel parts of my brain now. What is this?
Unclear: It isn't clear what you mean by feeling "parts of your brain" since physiologically this doesn't make sense. You may be experiencing sensitivity to muscles in the area or in the base of the head. Presumably you were referred to PT by a physician; suggest you query your doctor who can examine you thoroughly. ...Read more
I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.
Moles?: Are these raised? Might be a form of nevus which has blood vessels in it giving it this color? Can you send a picture? A dermatologist can easily identify and remove these if you would like. ...Read more
Dry skin is usually: related to lack of a protein in the surface of your skin. Natural treatments are simple like using gentle skin cleansers, body oils and lubricants to seal in moisture, taking supplements like Vitamin B and E. I like adding petrolatem to my bathtub or when the skin is still wet. I also find urea or lactic acid based products work well ...Read more
What is the cause of impaired circulation to the head? What are the symptoms and treatment? Is it common problem which is curable?
Stroke risk: Impaired circulation to the brain is a serious matter. Blood vessels can be clotted and may put one at risk for a stroke. Heart conditions can also cause impaired circulation throughout the body. There is not an easy simple answer, that could fix this. Each circulation problem is addressed with different tests and treatments. However, many problems can be treated and improve. ...Read more
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