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Doctor insights on: Could It Be A Good Idea To Use Heat After Knee Replacement

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


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Would it be a good idea to use heat compression for healing a red eye?

Would it be a good idea to use heat compression for healing a red eye?

Depends: On why you have a red eye. Some types of red eye such as an infection might be aggrevated by heat. A subconjunctival hemorrhage may go away a little faster if you use heat. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use crutches for a bad sprain when you are out moving ?

Is it a good idea to use crutches for a bad sprain when you are out moving ?

Yes: I recommend you use crutches until you can walk normally. The limp is a sign your injury needs additional healing time. Hobbling around unnecessarily stresses a joint that's trying to heal and you are essentially practicing that limp, which may make it harder to shed when you're healed. I recommend an evaluation by a specialist and physical therapy might be a good idea. Good luck. ...Read more

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After having a motorcycle accident how long after is it safe to get & adjustment? Which is better to seek treatment for this a do or a chiropractor?

After having a motorcycle accident how long after is it safe to get & adjustment?  Which is better to seek treatment for this a do or a chiropractor?

Need medical clear: I recommend a thorough evaluation of the spine and at least xrays to rule out any damage from the motorcycle before considering a manipulation that could aggravate any physical injury from the motorcycle accident. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to take antidepressants before geting a piercing or a tattoo? Would it help for the pain?

Would it be a good idea to take antidepressants before geting a piercing or a tattoo? Would it help for the pain?

No: An antidepressant will not lessen the pain from a tattoo or piercing. Some people take an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory med before hand. Auricular acupuncture with asp needles can also be used. ...Read more

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What happens if you ice your ankle with a dry ice packet? How long is safe? Could it cause damage?

What happens if you ice your ankle with a dry ice packet? How long is safe? Could it cause damage?

Thermal injury: Cellular death blistering permanent injury. I suspect pain will limit exposure. But can have numbing effect to point of no pain. ...Read more

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Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Ask your doctor: The answer to you question can vary depending on you exact condition. Have you knee professionally evaluated and ask your doctor when and for how long you should use your brace. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to take pain relief medicine while doing a football condition?

Could it be a good idea to take pain relief medicine while doing a football condition?

Are you for real: Is it a good idea to block pain so you can go out and hurt yourself worse in a contact sport. Find the cause of the pain and get ti resolved before you go out to play a football condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still use a rowing machine with a frozen shoulder?

Is it possible to still use a rowing machine with a frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder: I would not advise it especially since you do not have normal range of motion at your shoulder. Supervised physical therapy sessions that include gradual active and passive range of motion exercises would make more sense. Getting a cortisone injection to help relieve pain may be helpful. As your range of motion, strength, and pain improves, then you have less risk of re-injury or worsening. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual for the knee to pop a lot?

Would it be unusual for the knee to pop a lot?

See details: If there is no pain associated with it then it is not an issue. If there is pain, get the knee evaluated. ...Read more

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Will I get a blood clot if I wear a lace-up ankle brace with straps on the airplane? There is no metal in it. Would it help with swelling? Thank you!

Will I get a blood clot if I wear a lace-up ankle brace with straps on the airplane? There is no metal in it. Would it help with swelling? Thank you!

Need to see brace: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful advice without looking at the brace. With or without it, you can reduce you risk of clot formation by moving your legs. You may consult this site for suggestions: https://www.locationrebel.com/airplane-excercises/ For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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When surgery is recommended for ankle instability is it something that i can put off for awhile and just use bracing or does it need to be done asap?

When surgery is recommended for ankle instability is it something that i can put off for awhile and just use bracing or does it need to be done asap?

recommendations: First of all, I do this type of reconstruction. Considerations to try prior to surgery if not already been done.Have you tried extensive physical therapy for rehabilitation and strengthening exercises. Unless you have a completely unstable ankle then surgery is indicated. I feel bracing for prolonged periods is detrimental for ankle instability. Have you tried orthotics and a second opinion. ...Read more

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Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

When in doubt: Staying off-weight bearing using crutches are always a safe bet. I assume you know how to use crutches. The last thing you want to do is break your hip or dislocate your shoulder! ...Read more

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I might have dislocated an elbow. Is it a good idea to place elastic bandage to compress it?

I might have dislocated an elbow. Is it a good idea to place elastic bandage to compress it?

Get an xray: Christy, it is very difficult to sustain a dislocaion of an elbow in that it takes a signicant impact for that to occur. Rest and ice and support for now. Avoid an ace wrap as this may cause swelling above or below the elbow. It is very important for you to get an xray of your elbow to get a correct diagnosis. If the xray is abnormal, you need to followup with an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it safe and okay to wear a big ankle brace on a 5 hour airplane flight? Is it dangerous or will it cause blood clots? Thank you for your time!

Is it safe and okay to wear a big ankle brace on a 5 hour airplane flight? Is it dangerous or will it cause blood clots? Thank you for your time!

How tight?: If the brace is not tight so as to interfere with venous return, it would not add to the risk of blood clots. If the brace has metal in it you may have to go through extra-screening at the airport. If it not medically indicated you may wish to leave it home. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Is the air walker good to use when you have a knee injury?

Is the air walker good to use when you have a knee injury?

Knee Injury: Anything that limits weight bearing should be fine for an injured knee. Rest, Ice and NSAIDs. See a doc if the pain continues. ...Read more

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How long do you usually need to wear a decompression splint after an arthroscopy? Is it normal to have a changed bite after wearing this? Thank you

How long do you usually need to wear a decompression splint after an arthroscopy? 
Is it normal to have a changed  bite after wearing this? Thank you

It varies: Most patients are in splint therapy before arthroscopic surgery, so we often keep them in a splint afterwards. The bite can feel different due to fluid in the joint. This should settle down. ...Read more

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