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Does Manual Therapy Really Work For Abdominal Adhesions
Adhesions is a condition in which two or more organs or organ surfaces are stuck together. Adhesions are common after surgery or infection, in which the healing response causes scar tissue to connect organs that normally should slide around freely. Adhesions can cause symptoms such as abdominal ...Read more
Surgery: Adhesions are a very common byproduct of abdominal surgery, related to the nature of the operation, the disease treated, and patient-factors. Most adhesions do not cause any problems. Surgery is reserved for adhesions that cause small bowel obstruction that does not respond to conservative treatment. It is speculated as a common cause of chronic abdominal pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosis?: Please see someone for a better diagnosis than "pain on the left" if you havn't already. If you have tried but not gotten better answers, try seeing a physiatrist and ask if they might send you to a physical therapist. Let them know you would like manual therapy (i am guessing you have tried manual work before and had success). That should help with making a diagnosis. It may take a few tries. ...Read more
Adhesions : Scar tissue which usually forms as the result of prior surgery, injuryvor in some cases significant infection.In the abdomen this scar tissue can result in a bowel blockage or obstruction. This may in turn lead to surgery to resolve the problem. This may be referred to as lysis (cutting) of adhesions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Likely: Intra-abdominal adhesions form after most any surgery inside the abdomen. Laparoscopic or minimal surgery may form the least adhesions. Each re-operation increases the amount of adhesions for most people. Adhesions that form are usually benign and do not have consequences. Intestinal blockage can sometimes come from adhesions, and pain is usually not caused by adhesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any and all: Any joint in your body, from the joints in your neck and back, your ribs, knees, elbows, knees, hands and feet, toes and fingers, pelvis, joints between cranial and facial bones, etc, can be treated with manual medicine techniques such as osteopathic manipulation. Osteopathic medical students begin learning these in their first year and many dos use them throughout their careers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No sympt? do nothing: See your doc. If you have no symptoms, e.g. Recurring pain, or blockages, then no need to do anything. Got symptoms? Individualized evaluation and treatment. Sometimes surgery is done for obstruction due to adhesions. The surgery cuts (lyses) the problem adhesions, but the surgery causes new adhesions which may or may not become a problem in the future.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly: Adhesions do not in and of themselves cause pain. They can lead to pain if they are causing obstruction, wherein the dilating bowel above the obstruction distends and is painful and cramping. Pain may be present if there's traction caused by an adhesion, usually causing pain with twisting of the body - not very common. That's about it. Good luck. ...Read more
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