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Exercises For Harrington Rod Patients
Why would a harrington rod patient gradually feel mild weakness, 1st in 1 thigh, & 2 yr later the other thigh and calf? Just lack of exercise?
Lower degeneratiion: Many harrington fusion stopped atl 4 leavingtwo out of five joints too brand able to wear out quickly causing stenosis sand forinal collapse at l45 causing L4 and L5 symptoms adjacent segment disease with flat back syndrome mild nerve pressure with degeneration an loss of spacing. ...Read more
Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?
Not really rare: The tip can start to protrude through the skin surface as the muscle atrophies around the rod or if the tip comes unhooked or rod breaks, it can press against the skin causing the skin to thin and the tip protrudes. ...Read more
6weeks: Give the muscle a a chance to heal before using themcheck with your surgeon. ...Read more
A spine fusion: Harrington rods were developed to treat scoliosis over 50 years ago. Prior to their development, people having scoliosis surgery had a bone graft placed on the spine and had to be held in bed and in a body cast for months up to a year! The use of the rod aided in the correction &maintenence of the correction of scoliosis & a better fusion while mobilizing the person in cast and later in a brace. ...Read more
Harrington rods: These are old rods with hooks which were used to attach multiple segments of the spine by a single hook above and a single hook below. 2 rods were usually used. These were used to correct abnormal curvature of the spine. Inflexible, they often broke or came unhooked. ...Read more
No: Anyone with metal in their body cannot have mris. ...Read more
Yes and no: The newer techniques include both anterior and posterior approaches combined to allow something called segmental fixation while placing screws in individual vertebrae and attaching them to a rod. It's not more flexible than harrington rods, it allows more attachment points and multiple more places to correct the curvature and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. ...Read more
Yes: If you are solidly fused, you may do anything you would like. Your level of flexibility and pain would be your only limitations. I have allowed my jumpers back after a year and confirmation by ct of fusion (includes a jumper with a partial canopy that burst fractured spine from fall). She's doing wing suit now! ...Read more
I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?
Probably: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Is it possible for a harrington rod fused to the end of your spine to cause erectile dysfunction?
What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist, orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?
I have hypothyroidism. Is it safe to have a CT scan w/ contrast? If an MRI alternative? I also have a Harrington Rod in my back. Any alternative.
Thyroid and CT: If your hypothyroidism is appropriately treated there is nothing to worry about. If you do not have renal impairment, then the use of contrast should be safe. Every test, including a CT, is a balance of risks and benefits. If you need the CT, then go with your doctor's advice. ...Read more
Indoor: Lupus you need to usually avoid sun. Listen to your body and work with your doctor what is safe. I usually tell people to do a little more today than you did yesterday, for 15 minutes. Do this *every day* unless injured (then stretch), and slowly build strength, which improves immune function. Indoor swimming would be ideal in most instances. ...Read more
While one cannot: Cure it, the symptoms can be treated. Medication, exercise, therapy, splinting, activity modification and surgery. Exercises that can help are going through a full gentle range of motion each day. Warmth helps ease stiffness, such as a warm shower or parafin bath. Cold eases swelling associated with increased use. Bouchards nodes are over the pip joints but will not go away with treatment ...Read more
Corrective wear...: ... Is the most important treatment. The eye needs to be looking through the best prescription. The other eye should be blocked (all under the guidance of your eye doctor). If there is a muscle imbalance (strabismus), glasses and surgery are the most effective treatments, but some eye exercises can be partially effective. All treatments should be watched by your eye doctor. ...Read more
Somewhat complicated: The most common cause of irregular periods is pcos, polycystic ovarian syndrome. The underlying problem with pcos is Insulin resistance - cells don't respond correctly to insulin. This causes all sorts of problems including hormonal/irregular periods. Exercise improved cells' ability to recognize and respond normally to insulin. This, in turn, will often normalize periods. ...Read more
Depends on how high: I would need to see the article to fully comment, but overall, exercise is good for hypertension for the most part. If your blood pressure is systolically (which is the top number) is 180 or higher, you may want to avoid exercise until your blood pressure is better controlled. ...Read more
None: There is no evidence that so called eye exercises have any impact on myopia or myopic progression. ...Read more
My fasting is 7 mmol and HbAic is 8%. Have I become a patient of diabetes or can I control it by diet and exercise?
Is exercise advisable for pancreatic patient to increase weight 1kg dumbbell each Age 19 Height 5.8' weight 56kg. Have iidiopathic recurrent acute panc?
Couldn't hurt: Moderate exercise is rarely harmful for any condition. Listen to your body and don't push your exercising too far, too fast. Consult your doctor for tips and for what to avoid. Best of luck! ...Read more
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