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How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Yes: Physical therapist are experts in helping patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries, strains, sprains, and surgery. Back pain, and specifically a thoracic muscle strain, is a classic and common injury for which physical therapy may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

-exposed 2 forces beyond it's ability 2 handle, it causes damage R the muscle. Just like a bruise. It is first a stretch with reversibility 2 recover fully if left alone 4 a while. 2'nd is actual tear of some muscle fibers & need a longer time 2 heal, & can if big enough scar & lead 2 pain & easily aggravated . 3'rd is total tear, which can not B repaired. Also 3'rd can ...Read more


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What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Make a correct diagn: It is important to try to make an accurate diagnosis of possible. I have seen some patients diagnosed with strains when in fact the cause was something else. If it is indeed a muscle strain, then yes, physical therapy can be helpful. Most muscle strains if not too severe will heal even without treatment because muscles have a good blood supply. If it is not getting better see doctor. ...Read more

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How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

Hard to say: Although hard to quantify, physical therapy can be very helpful for many muscle strains. I strongly recommend it. ...Read more

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I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm. How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm.  How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

Usually weeks: Depending on how bad the injury, it can take weeks, or even longer. Especially as we get older, our risk for muscle injuries and the time it takes to recover both increase. Physical therapy is definitely helpful, as is resting and avoiding activities that make it hurt more. Good luck. ...Read more

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What physical therapy should I do for a torn chest muscle?

What physical therapy should I do for a torn chest muscle?

Physical therapy: Ice, rest are the first measures to take in case of a pulled (torn) chest muscle. Taking an antiinflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen/naproxen may be helpful to alleviated pain/discomfort. Physical therapy should be delayed until it is tolerable. The physical therapist will decide on the techniques to be used. It could be heat/cold applications, ultrasound stimulation, tens unit etc. ...Read more

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Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Yes: there are a few ways to strengthen your core and take some strain off of your low back joints and disks somewhat - usually the PT can help design core strengthening exercises for you to work on nand progress with over about 8 weeks - however, it is possible that PT in general can aggravate whatever the pain generator in the back is as well ...Read more

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Can going to physical therapy for back strain cause other problems?

Can going to physical therapy for back strain cause other problems?

Back strain: Not usually. One must make sure that therapy is more of a hands on type. With back strain it is normall to feel a little more pain when you first start. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy the best remedy for a back, lumbar strain, and/or sprain injury?

Is physical therapy the best remedy for a back, lumbar strain, and/or sprain injury?

It is a good one: I guess that depends on who is answering this question but it is an appropriate choice & a good one, it is not the best as there are other options including, rest, activity modification, medication, massage, heat and/or ice applications, a simple back support or chiropractic as well as even acupuncture. It is a good way to learn back exercises & correct biomechanics to avoid a recurrence. ...Read more

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My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

See Spine Specialist: Your mom needs to see a spine specialist to evaluate for other options. Typically if physical therapy and medications are not helping she may need evaluation for injection therapies or possibly even surgery. Pain medications are helpful for a short term fix however she will need further evaluation to really get better. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more