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I have spondylolysis. When can I start playing sports again?

I have spondylolysis. When can I start playing sports again?

After rehabilitation: It depends on your symptoms. If the spondylolysis is acute, a period of rest, perhaps bracing may let the bones heal. If chronic, exercise and therapy may reduce or eliminate the pain so that you can resume sports and other activities. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylosis is a broad term that means degeneration of the spine, more commonly known as osteoarthritis. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or ...Read more


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Can I still play sports if I have bursitis?

Can I still play sports if I have bursitis?

See physiatrist : A physiatrist or sports med doc can evaluate you ( in the context of what sports you play or activities you do for work) and can make recommendations to keep you active while fixing the problem. ...Read more

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I have a torn acl, I have no pain, i can squat, jump, run and climb. I want to play soccer. If i strengthen my knee through gym can I avoid surgery?

I have a torn acl, I have no pain, i can squat, jump, run and climb. I want to play soccer. If i strengthen my knee through gym can I avoid surgery?

ACL tear: The acl is the main ligament that keeps your shin bone from sliding out from under your thigh bone. There are people who can function without one but not usually playing a sport like soccer. The greatest risk is that you will go on to tear your meniscus and other cartilage and cause greater damage to your knee. I do not advise my patients to play soccer without a reconstruction. ...Read more

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Should I stop dancing when I start my scoliosis treatment?

Should I stop dancing when I start my scoliosis treatment?

No: I let my patients out of the brace for physical activites sports and dance they are important as well. ...Read more

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I dislocated my knee. What exercises could I do so that I can start running again?

I dislocated my knee. What exercises could I do so that I can start running again?

Training required: You likely had a dislocated patella (knee cap). A true dislocation of the knee- the femur dislocates from the tibia- usually results in serious ligament damage and commonly also causes arterial or nerve damage- needs urgent medical attention and requires surgery most of the time. A first time patellar dislocation can be successfully treated with therapy but you need guided training by a therapist. ...Read more

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I did my PRK surgery a week ago, may I know when is the rough timeline before I can start playing soccer again?

I did my PRK surgery a week ago, may I know when is the rough timeline before I can start playing soccer again?

Ask surgeon: Your surgeon will clear you. After one week, you may already be able to play depending on how quickly your eye has healed. If not today, it will likely be any day now. Unlike LASIK, PRK has no flap to worry about. As soon as the surface of your eyes has regrown the epithelial layer, you are ready to go play. Good luck and have fun! ...Read more

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When can I play sports again on a sprained ankle?

When can I play sports again on a sprained ankle?

When feeling better: After having an ankle sprain, a person can rest a few days until the ankle feels better. He can try sports again but start with light exercise and gradually increase the activities as long as the ankle doesn't hurt during or right after the exercise. If the ankle hurts, then he may be doing too much too soon, so he should rest and try again in a couple of days. ...Read more

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I have recently started playing sport again after 7 years football (soccer). I have serious leg pain in my calfs and knees while running. What do I do?

I have recently started playing sport again after 7 years football (soccer). I have serious leg pain in my calfs and knees while running. What do I do?

Take it slow: Be sure you stretch often and a lot before any exercise. Take it slowly since you have not been physically active for seven years. If the pain is not improving with rest, stretching before exercise/activity, and even trying some otc nsaids to decrease inflammation, then seek a medical exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do I fix tennis elbow when I have to continue playing almost every day?

How do I fix tennis elbow when I have to continue playing almost every day?

Difficult to "fix": Tennis elbow is overuse related degeneration of the muscle attachment to the bone on the outside of your elbow, the lateral epicondyle. It is difficult to get rid of quickly, but it usually gets better with good care. Sometimes a simple modification of your racket grip(make sure it is right circumference) can help. Stretches, eccentric strength(check out flexbar)and relative rest will do the rest. ...Read more

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Can i play sports if i think I have a hernia?

Can i play sports if i think I have a hernia?

Probably: If you have a hernia, let pain or discomfort be your guide. If it hurts, take it easy. If you find yourself limiting your activity because of a hernia, see a general surgeon it a consultation. ...Read more

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How could i get fit again while I have osteoarthritis?

How could i get fit again while I have osteoarthritis?

It depends: It depends of what joints are involved. Get fit the usual way with low impact aerobic activity and weight training. ...Read more

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It's been 25 days since I had my hydrocelectomy and I really wanna know when can I get back to lifting weights or running or even playing soccer ?

It's been 25 days since I had my hydrocelectomy and I really wanna know when can I get back to lifting weights or running or even playing soccer 
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The best: person to answer this question is your surgeon(urologist) Only he/she knows the degree of HERNIA associated with your hydrocoele! (All hydrocoeles are accompanied by a hernia!) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I had to stop playing sports so i could start a job and now I have cellulite at 18. What do I do?

I had to stop playing sports so i could start a job and now I have cellulite at 18. What do I do?

Squeeze in schedule: You can do something every hour for 5 minutes like take steps up and down, take a crisp walk, jumping jacks, etc. Overninehours, that will get you 45 minutes of activity , which is equivalent to a good day's work-out. ...Read more

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When can I start cycling again after a hip flexor strain? Thank you.

When can I start cycling again after a hip flexor strain? Thank you.

Few weeks: You need to give it 2-3 weeks to heal. By that time if you are out of pain then start back slowly and build up to your current level. If you want to get back faster see a physical therapist for therapy. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle about a month ago playing sport but now i can walk run and jump without any pain. Should i go back to playing sports now?

I sprained my ankle about a month ago playing sport but now i can walk run and jump without any pain. Should i go back to playing sports now?

A Little support.: Although a month may seem like a long time, it's actually only four weeks. Ligaments, because of the nature of the tissue, have a less than optimal blood supply so subsequently they heal slower than other tissues. Rather than risk it all too soon, why not explore the possibility of some supportive measures like taping or wearing an ankle support for another month. Thank you for using Healthtap. ...Read more

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What should i do for backpains? i injured it during sports (highjump) and it hurts time to time. i have stopped jumping but still do other sports

What should i do for backpains? i injured it during sports  (highjump) and it hurts time to time. i have stopped jumping but still do other sports

Physical therapist: At this young age, and with the possible mechanism being sports, I would recommend seeing a physical therapist on advice about how to avoid injury and practice safe sports. ...Read more

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I injured my knee-dislocation; how long before I can start running?

I injured my knee-dislocation; how long before I can start running?

Slow return: True knee dislocations are very traumatic injuries that are often associated with injuries to multiple ligaments. Patellar-femoral dislocations (when a kneecap dislocates) is less serious but can also cause problems. The return to running is dictated by what structures have been injured. If your knee is still unstable, using a knee-brace for support may be beneficial. Be cautious with return. ...Read more