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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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PHYSICAL THERAPY HASN'T HELPED MY PATELLA FEMORAL SYNDROME IN BOTH KNEES AND ARTHRITIS. I just had 2 injections on Friday and have been in pain. What do I do?

PHYSICAL THERAPY HASN'T HELPED MY PATELLA FEMORAL SYNDROME IN BOTH KNEES AND ARTHRITIS. I just had 2 injections on Friday and have been in pain. What do I do?

Ice, analgesics: Increased pain after joint injections is not unusual. Ice and oral pain killers can help. You many need prescription pain killers. It should subsid in a few days. ...Read more

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Lower back also pain in the left calf of leg one dr says physical therapy to strenght lower back. My family dr says I need the injection in my back therapy won't take the pain away I have degerant arthrsis. The pain in my left calf of the leg is very pain

Lower back also pain in the left calf of leg one dr says physical therapy to strenght lower back. My family dr says I need the injection in my back therapy won't take the pain away I have degerant arthrsis. The pain in my left calf of the leg is very pain

Back: Back pain shooting down the left leg is called sciatica. Sciatica results when a disk, bone spur or stenosis pinches the sciatic nerve as it leaves the back and goes into the leg. Treatment for sciatica include rest, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, steroid injections and surgery. Initial treatment is usually rest, anti-inflammatories followed by physical therapy. People who do not respond may go onto steroid injections and/or surgery. Sometimes patients skip physical therapy if the pain is severely aggregated by movement. This maybe why one doctor is recommending steroid injection first. Today there are minimally invasive options for disk surgery. Please see my health guide on lumbar disk disease and sciatica. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if physical therapy is not working for knee pain?

What to do if physical therapy is not working for knee pain?

Many other options: I asume the knee pain is on the basis of osteoarthritis. Nsaids and/or injectable lubricants can help. ...Read more

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What is the name of the machine that bends your knee for physical therapy?

What is the name of the machine that bends your knee for physical therapy?

CPM: A continuous passive motion machine is used to assist in knee flexion after surgery. Only certain surgeries require the use of the machine. ...Read more

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Experts, might someone have to go to physical therapy after a knee injury?

Experts, might someone have to go to physical therapy after a knee injury?

No: Certainly not required but absolutely helpful for most. Every person and every injury requires different treatment to heal properly. ...Read more

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Are there physical therapy activities you can do at home to heal a broken knee?

Are there physical therapy activities you can do at home to heal a broken knee?

Time, rest: Bones heal on their own given enough time and rest. Physical therapy can be useful after the bones heal to regain mobility, range of motion, strength, etc. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can physical therapy make someone's gait normal again after a knee injury?

Help plz! Can physical therapy make someone's gait normal again after a knee injury?

Yes.: If your condition is one that your doctor believes would respond to physical therapy, then you should be able to regain a normal gait pattern. ...Read more

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What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

Stretch and Strength: Stretching is always the first step. Hamstring, iliotibial band and gastrocs are all excellent to stretch initially. After that, the quadriceps is the ideal muscle to strengthen to stabilize the knee joint. ...Read more

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Just had mako plasty on my left knee 5 days ago, released home after 3rd day, do I need physical therapy right away?

Just had mako plasty on my left knee 5 days ago, released home after 3rd day, do I need physical therapy right away?

Call your ORS: These are fairly routine instructions and d/c planning done after knee reconstruction procedures. If you did not receive post- operative pt instructions as outpatient then call your ors office and inquire. Most all ors would want you to begin or continue pt @ outpatient clinic after your hospital stay. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What should I expect in physical therapy for a torn ligament in the knee?

What should I expect in physical therapy for a torn ligament in the knee?

Depends: Probably none initially or pre-operatively. If not operative or if post operative, then one will have range of motion exercises, strengthening exerc ises and balance and proprioceptive exercises. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and I'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left? Can I make it as strong as my left

I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and I'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left? Can I make it as strong as my left

Possibly: It all depends on what kind of knee surgery you had back then. Was the cartilage injured, was there a meniscal tear, etc. If it is just a strength issue then yes you can rehab. ...Read more

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What's the physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap entails?

What's the physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap entails?

Dislocated patella: Need to protect it to avoid further damage. Progressive stretch, strengthening, gentle range of motion, modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, tens, etc. Bracing or taping, vmo exercises, etc. ...Read more

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How should I do physical therapy on my knees?

Get instruction: You need to make an appointment with a physical therapist, who can instruct you what exercises and stretches will be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I get my grandpa to do physical therapy for his knees?

How can I get my grandpa to do physical therapy for his knees?

May Not Be Able To.: It is not always possible to get other people to do things they don't want to do. You can make the suggestion to go, offer to go with him, do the home exercises with him, etc. Sometimes making it into or tying it to a social activity, will increase their desire to participate. Check out local adult centers and fitness groups. Whatever his decision, be supportive. ...Read more

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Might going to physical therapy cure my runner's knee?

Might going to physical therapy cure my runner's knee?

US with stearoid +: Activity modification, heat/ice, rest. Then prom-arop-pre gradual resupmtion on flat, then track with curves, then road work with slowly increasing 2 incline-hills. Rx"s are nsaids. Go 2 fast & u go backwarsd fast. B patient, follow orders. ...Read more

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What physical therapy is there to do after knee fusion?

What physical therapy is there to do after knee fusion?

PT: Transfers, balance, gait training, strengthening pelvis and hip muscles. ...Read more

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