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How Would Physical Therapy Help Arthritis Of The Knees
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Physical therapy(PT): Pt is an excellent first step. Try to finish pt and if you need it, consider procedures like epidural steroid injections or facet injections (depending on where your arthritis is) to help get you through the therapies. Make sure to keep working on core strength to support your back. Best of luck! ...Read more
Many: Assuming your physician has allowed exercises to begin for your fracture, there are many exercises to work on range of motion and strengthening. Sometimes aqua therapy is recommended for motion and to help decrease swelling and weight on the limb during healing. Your physician should give you specific exercises to perform or refer you to a physical therapist for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Can physical therapy cure sciatica? Is it possible to get rid of my sciatica with physical therapy?
Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain and swelling: associated with a bone spur, or a arthritic joint may feel better with conservative methods such as Pt , ot, nsiads, ice for overuse, warmth for stiffness, splints for excessive force causing pain etc, but of course no one of these methods will alter the bone or joint. Much of the "treatment: for joint arthritis, bone spurs etc is palliative and we treat symptoms "help" comes w symptom reduction ...Read more
Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?
Consider Surgery: Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella. If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help,an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment. ...Read more
Lunges: The strained hip flexor muscle will tend to tighten. It is important to gently stretch a sore muscle. Start with warm-up of marching in place. Then, the hip flexor can be stretched by doing a lunge. With the strained leg behind the body while partially quatting onto the opposite forward leg you should feel the stretch in the groin. Hold for 15-30 sec and do twice. Include some brisk walking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?
Mainly quad work: The medial collateral ligament is not directly treated by exercise. Such sprains need time, rest, ice/heat, and pain free exercise. Abnormal body mechanics need to be addressed. However, any knee injury benefits from directed physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee, especially the quadriceps. Many mcl (and even acl) injuries can be safely and confidently managed with pt. ...Read more
Yes: Not every meniscus tear requires surgery. Some meniscus tears if they are in the "red zone"area where they get blood supply may heal. Others that are in the "white zone" that do not have a good blood supply may not heal. Physical therapy can strengthen the muscles supporting the knee and will often help. Your doctor can help you decide on conservative versus surgical treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of gift would be helpful for someone with rheumatoid arthritis in their knee and shoulder?
No limit: I prescribe therapy for my patient of all ages who have arthritic knees and other conditions. This assumes they are well enough from a medical standpoint to do therapy. ...Read more
What is the duration for the physical therapy treatment for cervical disk herniations, and is physical therapy needed, or home exercises are enough?
Highly individual: Many, if not most, patients will benefit from physical therapy as part of conservative therapy for a herniated cervical disc. Pain control medicines, muscle relaxants & anti-inflammatories are first line.Physical therapists can instruct in avoiding painful positions & appropriate exercise as well as treat with ice/heat, traction, ultrasound, TENS, bracing. Home therapy follows after a few sessions ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the best medicine or injection for restoring joint function and relief pain of knee osteoarthritis?
Nutrition, supplem't: Start with good nutrition and try: glucosamine (500 mg 3x/ day), same (don't take if bipolar or with prostate cancer) 400 mg on empty stomach (may eventually take up to 800 mg 2x/ day) and must have b-complex with the same, and wait 2-3 months to see if these are helping. Both have good evidence for treating osteoarthritis and are safe. Physical therapy can help any misalignment in muscles. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Assist in joint pain: Arthriits is a painful joint. Physcial therapy can help or reduce joint pain by improving the range of motion of a joint or strengthening the muscles that support the joint. Strengthening of the muscles can improve a joints range of motion and reduce stiffness of the joint and help with reducing pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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