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Doctor insights on: Cold Therapy Devices Cause Skin Nerve

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Is it possible for cold therapy devices to cause skin and nerve damage?

Is it possible for cold therapy devices to cause skin and nerve damage?

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 more

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Nerve (Definition)

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


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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.

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.

Ask epileptologist: You should ask your epileptologist. Vagus nerve stimulation does not always prevent all seizures but reduce their occurring. So you may have to continue your anti seize medication. ...Read more

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What is the use of a light therapy device?

What is the use of a light therapy device?

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 more

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What should I look for in a light therapy device for sad?

What should I look for in a light therapy device for sad?

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 more

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When you do a laser therapy does the device touch your face?

When you do  a laser therapy does the device touch your face?

Not normally: It depends on what type of treatment you are getting, but with resurfacing the device does not touch your face. ...Read more

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How do I do the spinal decompression therapy at home with no devices?

How do I do the spinal decompression therapy at home with no devices?

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 more

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Will left-ventricular assist device therapy replace need for a heart transplantation?

Will left-ventricular assist device therapy replace need for a heart transplantation?

LVAD: LVAD can be bridge and in some patients destination therapy. In some patients LAVD can be destination therapy. I would call any of the close major medical center who have a LVAD program and seek their input. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

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 more

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Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

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 more

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