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Dr. Ronald Epstein
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Physical Therapists (Definition)

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with heath-related problems and injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform daily functional activities. Physical therapists create plans with techniques that help individuals restore their ability to move, reduce ...Read more


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Physical strengh, muscle wasting and cognitive problems after acute respiratory distress synodrome?

Physical strengh, muscle wasting and cognitive problems after acute respiratory distress synodrome?

Possible GBS: Your symptoms are suggestive of guillian-barre syndrome. You need to see a doctor for this immediately. ...Read more

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In physical rehabilitation is strength important?

In physical rehabilitation is strength important?

Yes : A good physical rehabilitation plan will target the specific problems present and often include strengthening and stretching muscles. The program should be designed to treat the specific problem present. ...Read more

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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy improve symptoms of lymphedema?

Can physical therapy improve symptoms of lymphedema?

Yes: Physical therapy is very helpful for lymphedema, especially if the therapist is trained in lymphatic drainage. Physical therapists may do gentle lymphatic massage, wrap or tape the swollen arm, break-up scar tissue and lymphatic cords, and teach you techniques for home care of lymphedema. They may also measure you for a compression sleeve and/or glove. ...Read more

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Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Speech therapy & GBS: Speech therapy can be very helpful to improve speech and promote safe swallowing in patients who have significant weakness of the tongue, palate and throat, or who have had a tracheostomy. Physical therapy can also be very helpful to attempt to minimize physical function deficits and prevent muscle wasting and joint contractures. ...Read more

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Is cognitive behavior therapy helpful in weight loss?

Is cognitive behavior therapy helpful in weight loss?

Yes. CBT is helpful: In addressing the emotional and behavioral aspects of weight loss. Sticking to a healthy diet, exercising, and having social support are also important. A good therapist can help you create a plan and follow it. ...Read more

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Shoulder dislocation physical therapy any tips?

Shoulder dislocation physical therapy any tips?

Strengthening: You should really focus on strengthening your rotator cuff muscles. Make sure you do this with a physical therapist to make sure your are doing it correctly and not increasing your risk of a repeat shoulder dislocation. ...Read more

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Can an osteopath provide any additional benefits vs. A physiotherapist with wrist instability / loss of range of motion from weightlifting injuries. ?

Can an osteopath provide any additional benefits vs. A physiotherapist with wrist instability / loss of range of motion from weightlifting injuries. ?

Osteopath: Wrist pain can have myriad diagnoses and i think a general osteopath can overlook subtleties of wrist pain as well as physiotherapists. I think having an evaluation by a hand surgeon is important. ...Read more

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How are accidental physical activity and purposeful physical activity different?

How are accidental physical activity and purposeful physical activity different?

The difference..: is that one is physical activity performed incidentally while carrying out some task or errand. The other is physical activity which has been planned or intended, such as sports or exercise training. ...Read more

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What physical therapy techniques are used in ankle injuries?

What physical therapy techniques are used in ankle injuries?

Many: Ice and elevation is paramount. Then rest, compression and crutches. Following this, gentle stretching, and proprioception exercises are used. Good taping and strapping are improtant. Proper immobilizaiton will be use. Other modalities may be used but these are the main ones. ...Read more

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Can mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Can mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Hard to say: Cerebral palsy by convention implies an injury to specific areas of the brain controlling motor movements.If other brain areas are affected by the same event, other issues can be linked.This includes more likelihood of seizures, learning, etc. The milder the CP the less likely other areas that control speech, personality, learning, etc. But it is still possible. ...Read more

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Weight loss excercises for complete beginners without experiencing muscle fatigue ?

Weight loss excercises for complete beginners without experiencing muscle fatigue ?

Start slow: I would start slow by something like walking for thirty minuites 5 times a week. As you became used to that- you can work a little harder. ...Read more

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Can physical therapists perform surgery?

Can physical therapists perform surgery?

No: No, physical therapy cannot, and should not, perform surgery. Surgery is way beyond the scope of their practice. ...Read more

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What specific nerves/cells would be seriously damaged if you have complete loss of feelings emotions empathy inhibitions loss of electrical changes ?

What specific nerves/cells would be seriously damaged if you have complete loss of feelings emotions empathy inhibitions loss of electrical changes ?

Difficult to answer: The frontal lobes of the brain are responsible for inhibition and personality. An injury to this part of the brain could result in less inhibition and personality changes. This could also be do to a hormonal imbalance and not due to neuronal injury. I recommend you see your primary care physician for these symptoms. ...Read more

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What physcian speciality performs a range of motion test? Related to arthritis for purposes of social secuirty disability.

What physcian speciality performs a range of motion test? Related to arthritis for purposes of social secuirty disability.

Your : Your primary care provider should be able to do this. However if you are under the care of a rheumatologist your doctor may defer to the specialist. All the best. ...Read more

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Why do my physical therapists always tell me I have to practice at home?

Why do my physical therapists always tell me I have to practice at home?

Monitors of progress: Therapists can be a critical resource for teaching good rehabilitation skills and habits, but they only see patients several times per week. You are always your own best therapist once a basic understanding is obtained. The therapist really monitors your progress recovering from your injury. ...Read more

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What to do if physical therapists can you please answer these questions?

What to do if physical therapists can you please answer these questions?

Please clarify: Please, clarify what condition you are dealing with and perhaps someone can give you some helpful information. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Can physical therapists diagnose and if so what?

Can physical therapists diagnose and if so what?

Who Can't?: Most certainly physical therapists can and do make or at least verify diagnosis daily. I have relied on the expertise of physical therapists to confirm or add to my initial diagnosis on hundreds of patients. If you are asking if they can legally initiate an opinion as a diagnosis, That would better be answered by the states licensing act for physical therapists. ...Read more

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Can physical therapists perform surgery?

No: No, physical therapy cannot, and should not, perform surgery. Surgery is way beyond the scope of their practice. ...Read more

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Do osteopaths and physical therapists work together?

Do osteopaths and physical therapists work together?

Wisely yes: Once an osteopathic physician makes a diagnosis the treatment plan often calls for physical therapy treatments. ...Read more

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Is there any danger of having traction on neck(by machine) at physical therapists office?

Is there any danger of having traction on neck(by machine) at physical therapists office?

NOT: when applied by a LPT (Licensed Physical Therapist) It is a part of their training and they are qualified to use this as a part of a Physician precribed program! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What treatments do physical therapists give for foot fractures?

What treatments do physical therapists give for foot fractures?

Several: Typically a fracture requires no stress along the area until healing is complete. Physical therapy will be limited to what they can do because of this. They would have to treat it with static form a therapy in which they do not manipulate the area physically. If they do then the area would never heal. Some you laser therapy/ultrasound to encourgae bone healing or tens unit to control edema/pain. ...Read more

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Where can I find a list of doctors/physical therapists that do functional rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon Ruptures?

Where can I find a list of doctors/physical therapists that do functional rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon Ruptures?

Online: You may do a quick google search for Orthopedic or Urgent Care centers online for a provider near you who may help. Otherwise, call your insurance provider or visit their website online for a list of covered providers. ...Read more

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What do physical therapists do for patients who are experiencing drops of blood pressure in upright position after prolonged bed rest?

What do physical therapists do for patients who are experiencing drops of blood pressure in upright position after prolonged bed rest?

Exercise: you need to develop your muscle tone again. This will be done variety of ways. You may temporarily need support hose, but your leg muscle is your pump for the blood vessels like your heart is a pump and the muscle tone needs to be brought back ...Read more

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Physical therapists: had surgery month ago, left me with left outer thigh burning pain, tingling&numbness.

Physical therapists: had surgery month ago, left me with left outer thigh burning pain, tingling&numbness.

Meralgia Paresthetic: I am a physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor. This could very well be meralgia paresthetica, which is irritation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the lateral thigh. A local nerve block with an anesthetic could help greatly. ...Read more

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Can physical therapists tell if a torn ligament in the ankle is heeled without an mri? 2 months after pt, therapist says its heeled but it still hurts

Can physical therapists tell if a torn ligament in the ankle is heeled without an mri? 2 months after pt, therapist says its heeled but it still hurts

Let try to help: Clinical exam, swelling and pain, the ligament could healed in two month especially with grade I and II. Having some pain means to me still residual injury should accessed by what ever means your Doctor recommend. ...Read more

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I've had front & backrib pain for 5 mo now, cat san ultrasound xrays blood test urine test, i've been 2/2 chiropractors, two physical therapists now ?

I've had front & backrib pain for 5 mo now, cat san ultrasound xrays blood test urine test, i've been 2/2 chiropractors, two physical therapists now ?

Root irratation: This is most likely from your back at the level of the rib inseration of the corresponding vertebrae.The MRI most look at this level.Other possibility is a noncompressive cause eg infection.See your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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I have had pressure in the back of the eye that radiates to. The back of the neck for almost two years. Have seen many doctors physical therapists, neurologist all to no avail. ?

I have had  pressure in the back of the eye  that radiates to. The back of the neck for almost two years. Have seen many doctors physical therapists, neurologist  all to no avail. ?

Eye: Sometimes it can be due to a trigeminal neuralgia often dental that goes to the eye and the temple. You need to do two things-be sure youve had an MRI of the neck and brain and see your dentist. ...Read more

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What can be done with the emotional trauma after limb loss?

What can be done with the emotional trauma after limb loss?

See your psychiatrist: Emotional anxiety, depression, are very common after a limb loss. You need to find professional help to help you medically deal with this traumatic event. ...Read more

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How will the physical therapist help me adjust to a prosthetic limb?

How will the physical therapist help me adjust to a prosthetic limb?

A physical therapist: A physical therapist serves a crucial function by educating the patient along with the prescribing physician on how best to monitor for tolerance and fit of the prosthesis, assess any joint or functional limitations that may require additional therapy and most importantly will provide for mobility and gait training as you acclimate to prosthetic use. Equipment needs will also be assessed. ...Read more

Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Limb Loss (Definition)

Limb loss, also called amputation, is when a limb is loss due ...Read more