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How would physical therapy help arthritis of the knees?

How would physical therapy help arthritis of the knees?

Knee Arthritis: Pt for knee arthritis doesn't "cure" the arthritis or help the cartilage regrow. But it can be helpful in improving pain. A strong and flexible knee is better able to tolerate problems than it would be otherwise. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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Arthritis of the spine and physical therapy, what to do?

Arthritis of the spine and physical therapy, what to do?

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

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How to do for loosen broken ankles in terms of physical therapy exercises?

How to do for loosen broken ankles in terms of physical therapy exercises?

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 more

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Can physical therapy cure sciatica? Is it possible to get rid of my sciatica with physical therapy? .

Can physical therapy cure sciatica? Is it possible to get rid of my sciatica with physical therapy?

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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 more

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Is physical therapy really going to help a bone spur in the wrist?

Is physical therapy really going to help a bone spur in the wrist?

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

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Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

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

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What type of exercises will they have me do in physical therapy for a strained hip flexor?

What type of exercises will they have me do in physical therapy for a strained hip flexor?

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 more

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What types of physical therapy can I do to help an osteochondral defect in my knee?

What types of physical therapy can I do to help an osteochondral defect in my knee?

Motion & strength: The goal of physical therapy is to maximize functional recovery after injury or surgery by performing exercises to regain motion and strength about the knee. ...Read more

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What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?

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

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Can physical therapy help a meniscal tear instead of surgery?

Can physical therapy help a meniscal tear instead of surgery?

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 more

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What kind of gift would be helpful for someone with rheumatoid arthritis in their knee and shoulder?

What kind of gift would be helpful for someone with rheumatoid arthritis in their knee and shoulder?

Warm water therapy: Consider a membership to a local ymca or fitness facility that has a warm water indoor pool for water aerobics. ...Read more

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What age is to too old to receive physical therapy on your knee flex/extension?

What age is to too old to receive physical therapy on your knee flex/extension?

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

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What is the duration for the physical therapy treatment for cervical disk herniations, and is physical therapy needed, or home exercises are enough?

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 more

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What types of physical therapy should patients do after hip osteoarthritis?

What types of physical therapy should patients do after hip osteoarthritis?

Stretching: Stretching and strengthening are generally the best to help with arthritis of a joint. This doesn't "cure" the arthritis but a strong & flexible joint is better able to tolerate problems. ...Read more

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How will chondroitin compare to nsaids for the treatment of osteoarthritis?

How will chondroitin compare to nsaids for the treatment of osteoarthritis?

Likely not as good: Although a study last year showed chondroitin improved hand oa pain, it still isn't usually as effective as nsaids. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine or injection for restoring joint function and relief pain of knee osteoarthritis?

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 more

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How can the outlook of physical therapy look in comparison to doctor of chiropractic?

How can the outlook of physical therapy look in comparison to doctor of chiropractic?

Possible: Many times conservative care can include chiropractic care. if you are not better soon (less than 10-15 treatments), then consider other options like a spine fellowship trained pain specialist. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of physical therapy in arthritis?

What is the purpose of physical therapy in arthritis?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...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