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Is Electro Stimulation Therapy Appropriate For Bicep Tendonitis
It depends: Electric stimulation has been used for over 100 years. These days you have units that use either milliamps or microamps. There are now very sophisticated microcurrent machines in use by physicians, chiropractors, pts and athletic trainers. I think they are the most effective. Find a frequency specific microcurrent provider who has a machine w/ many settings including ones just for tendons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is electrical muscle stimulation machine for physical therepy for a previous shoulder dislocation helpful?
Yes.: It can improve muscle and nerve function, and improve circulation to the area. A damaged area of tissue will have altered voltage on the surface of the cells. The status of this voltage can affect healing, especially if it is low. I do not see much downside to using it in conjunction with other therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is electric stimulation and short wave therapy for shoulder muscle treatment both equally effective? Please advise!
Possibly: Prolozone causes repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments. Prolozone halts the pain/inflammation cycle. This allows for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition, and hydration of the damaged tissues. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in increased range of motion and decreased pain. ...Read more
Not sure?: This treatment is effective in treating unresponsive tennis elbow. I am personally not aware of this as a treatment for patellar tendonitis. If you have a recurring or recalcitrant patellar tendonitis, see an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and get a thorough knee exam. Even get a second opinion. You may have to alter your activities, take medications and give it plenty of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adjunctive: Injections can be very helpful adjunctive treatments for sciatica but in my opinion they should be combined with a good physical therapy program. I find that the two together work better than either one separately however, depending on the situation i will often use pt alone as a first attempt and add an injection if the pt is not helping. Not everyone agrees with me on this however. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different: A physiatrist is a medical doctor who takes a history, reviews your records, & examines you to identify the source of your pain & give a medical diagnosis. A physical therapist can evaluate your neck and design therapies (stretching, strengthening, manual therapy, heat, traction, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization). Best to get a diagnosis first, them customize therapy for the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: The type of exercises that are beneficial for your type of injury is hard to determine without an evaluation of your mobility, strength and biomechanics. We would suggest having an evaluation by a physical therapist so they can determine what exercises are appropriate for your shoulder. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is surgery an option for Achilles tendinosis if it does not respond to conservative treatment such as physical therapy, ultrasound, massage?
Yes: Surgery can be done percutaneously (with needles) or open, with the concept being to irritate the pathologic tissue into a healing response. ...Read more
Should i get physical therapy or muscle activation therapy following arthroscopic shoulder surgery?
Yes : You should follow post-surgery instructions which almost certainly would include physical therapy/rehabilitation. This is usually critical to getting back to optimal function. Your surgeon will refer you and you should follow the prescriptions from him and the rehab medicine specialists or physical therapists. ...Read more
PT program: Physical therapy would involve a programs or range of motion, and strengthening. The therapist would probably focus on the quadriceps (a thigh muscle) and especially on the vastus medial;is (part of the quadriceps). The therapist might also show you taping that can be used to offer a bit of adde stability to the patella. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was wondering is electric stimulation and short wave therapy for shoulder muscle treatment the same?
No: Electrical Stimulation is just that an electric current that discharges rapidly into the skin and muscles to release natural endorphins and sensations to relieve pain. Short Wave Diathermy is a type of microwave beam that heats the tissue below the surface of the skin to help bring collateral blood flow to heal tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Bowen therapy relies on fascial and soft tissue release. It can help relieve associated pain related to neck and back muscles that often accompanies rotator cuff injuries, but the rotator cuff tendon is a deep structure and will not be directly reached. Small and partial tears can respond well to pt. Larger tears or retracted tears (pulling away from bone) usually require surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to Say: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"Laser?": Not sure quite what you are referring to. Lasers were used to perform arthroscopic surgeries back in the 1980's and this lead to cartilage death and early arthritis. I would make sure you do some more research before undergoing any treatment that is unconventional or unproven. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: If you have tendinitis - icing is best to help decrease inflammation as well as NSAID medication (i.e. Ibuprofen, naprosyn). Heat may help "loosen up" the tissue prior to therapy/exercises. Icing should be resumed post exercise to again decrease inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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