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Heat For Bursitis
Depends: If you have a recently injured tmj, ice is the first thing to try. If that isn't helpful or if the injury is more than a few days old, try heat. If that doesn't help, try alternating ice and heat. If none of these help, get it looked at to make sure it doesn't require splint therapy or surgery. After evaluation, other modalities like neuromuscular massage may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pain Recommendations: Ice is used acutely to limit or diminish swelling. Inflammation or swelling is a leading reason a certain tissue is painful. Heat is used to relax muscles. It is often an immediate way to relieve pain so that less oral medication is needed. For joint pain....Either of these treatments may not help much given how deep in the tissues joints are. ...Read more
No harm: No harm in trying. More traditional deep heating techniques include ultrasound and can be soothing for any muscle injury. Soothing however does not mean it is aiding in the actual healing...Only making it more comfortable so that your body can potentially mend itself. If not improving then see your doc. ...Read more
Yes, but why?: If you have patelor tendinitis, there is a reason. It can be mechanical or inflammatory. You need to determine the cause! biofreeze will not work as well ad an nsaid! ...Read more
When you're first injured, ice is a better choice than heat: It numbs pain and causes blood vessels to constrict, which helps reduce swelling. Ice is especially helpful for the first three days or so. After that, heat can increase blood flow to an injury, which may help promote healing. Heat also serves as a muscle relaxer, which can help with pain relief. Tendons are bands of fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bones and help muscles initiate and control movement in your joints. Tendinitis usually occurs when repetitive motions, stress or repeat injuries irritate a tendon over time. The result is pain and swelling in the tendons around a joint, such as your ankle, elbow or shoulder. Your tendons become less flexible with age, so tendinitis is more common as you get older. ...Read more
Stenosis: Is a problem with crowding. Heat expands tissues, cold contracts. Cold in theory would work except your skin won't let the cold penetrate deep into your spine where the problem is. ...Read more
Rest & ice are best: Tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendons in the elbow or tendonitis. This usually improves with rest and ice. Once the condition settles down, doing exercises to strengthen the forearm will help decrease the strain on the tendons and help prevent the condition from recurring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: For a sprained ligament, cold wraps helps decrease swelling and allow the ligaments to heal quicker. Example, look at professional athletes. After games or injuries, they are constantly bathing in ice baths or cold wraps to contain swelling and help with healing process. ...Read more
Should physical therapy for cipro (ciprofloxacin) induced frozen shoulder be different than pt for frozen shoulder caused by an injury?
Ice better usually: Ice is a better choice for pain and inflammation. Tendonitis implies inflammation and is usually the cause of pain in the first 6 weeks. After that, this can become tendonosis which involves tendon degeneration and microtearing. Rest and early treatment with rehab, a brace, anti-inflammatories can produce better outcomes. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
Do what feels best: The corticosteroid shot you had is a long acting but slow release medication-after 2 days we typically expect the medication is just beginning to take effect and it may take a week to really kick in. If you don't feel any improvement at 2 weeks, you should talk to your doctor about other options. Pt or home stretching and strengthening may help. Good luck! ...Read more
I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success. ?
Get MRI: If you have 'bursitis' diagnosed by history and physical exam/ X-rays only and have had the treatment you discussed w/out improvement then a good quality MRI scan is indicated. If you've had an MRI scan which confirms above then see a qualified ORS for possible subacromial injection or arthroscopic decompression/rotator cuff repair. Best if Luck! ...Read more
Bad shoulder bursitis. Heating pad, ice, ibuprofen or cortisone pills not working. Any exercises to help? Very bad pain, cannot sleep from the pain .
Tricky: The shoulder is an incredible joint. However, with injury, we try to stop moving it. Thus, it has a tendency to stiffen up and make movement painful. It is often difficult to judge if it is the injury or the lack of movement that is more painful. Talk to your doctor and therapist and they will direct you to either push through, or rest. ...Read more
Inflammmation: Bursitis is a condition of inflammation often associated with pain, swelling and some warmth. It is often related to overactivity typically affecting areas such as the olecranon bursa of the elbow, trochanteric bursa of the hip and the calcaneal bursa of the heel. The treatment involves rest, ice, nsaids and sometimes might involve physical therapy or local cortisone injection. ...Read more
Inflammation: A bursa is a fluid filled sac rthat sits between muscle or between muscle and bone and assists with normal motion - like the ball bearings of the body. If a bursa becomes inflamed - by acute trauma, repetitive motions or activities or other forms of inflammation it causes local pain, possible swelling and usually loss of motion of the affected area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bursitis: The bursa is a type of cushion the body has that is filled with fluid. The clinically significant ones I have seen include shoulder, elbow, below knee cap and below the hip. When these get inflamed they can become quite painful. Anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) can help with many forms of bursitis. If the pain is severe the dr. Can remove the fluid and inject a steroid which helps si. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Bursitis is "inflammation of a bursa" - in medical terms anything that has "-itis" means " inflammation of..."... Ie: tendonitis, epicondylitis, arthritis..... A bursa is a fluid filled sac that sits where a tendon is attaching to a bone.... And usually overuse of that tendon and its associated muscle can aggravate the bursa - causing bursitis, so nothing at all contagious.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer