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Microdiscectomy Physical Therapy Protocol
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Ions to be asked from your surgeon as he (she) would be the best person to answer.
So contact the surgeon.
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Lots of variables: Most doctors wait about four weeks before starting physical therapy after an acdf. Depending on the level of the surger, yphysical therapy activities will vary. Because of the long period of convalescence after a fusion like this, patients usually have compromised stamina, so treatment may include exercise to improve core strength. This is a good place to learn more: http://tinyurl. Com/p2z8ud. ...Read more
Strengthening, etc: The cornerstone of therapy protocols following hip and knee replacement centers on gait training and strengthening. Hip replacement patients should focus on walking, abductor and gluteal strengthening, while knee replacement patients should focus on range of motion of the knee, quadriceps strengthening program. ...Read more
Walking and more: Physical therapy is central to recovery. Standing and walking, with assistance, is usually started within 24 hrs. Beyond that, specific therapy protocols are tailored to the individual patient. In general, exercises are chosen to strengthen and stretch muscles like stair climbing and bending. Cycling and swimming, not running, are often introduced within months. Talk with your doctor for specifics. ...Read more
Lots of exercise: You will need to strengthen the muscles around your hip. You will lift it in multiple directions, and walk on it ("weight bear") to get used to the new conditions. You may get on a stationary bike to aid in motion. You may have some motion precautions in the early stages, depending on the surgeon's approach to the hip. ...Read more
1) Some conditions do not seem to respond well to PT.
2) There may not be decent PT resources available.
3) The goal of PT is to teach you how to do exercises at home/in the community on your own and perhaps additional PT is not needed by you.
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Difficult: This is a tough one. Itb symptoms can be very difficult to treat and often times persistent pt and time are the best answer. Topical nsaids such as voltaren gel or Flector Patch (diclofenac) may help. Consider massage therapy. Tens units (electrical stimulation) sometimes help. Lastly, local steroid injections are an option as well. ...Read more
How long does it take for physical therapy to help with a rotator cuff problem (I was told it was not torn and don't need a surgery yet)?
Couple of month: It is possible that you would get lucky and see results faster, but on average in takes 1-2 month ...Read more
Had left side and right side treatment for bilateral possioning vertigo. Dr said if this don't work then physical therapy. What do I expect?
I have coccydynia, have had pain in tailbone for over a yr. Physical therapy didn't help. Would like to know risks involved in dry needling?
Coccydynia: Have not idea what dry needling is. Please give more details. ...Read more
Talk to doctor: Many details needed, and would be best for you to talk to your doctor about your lack of progress at pt. ...Read more
What should I do? Please lead me on to the right direction. Hello. I feel off a balance beam when I was 10 1/2. I am now 13. First I had dorsal capolitis then I went to physical therapy and the pain started to go away. Soon I felt so well that I thought t
Please: Please go immediately to your regular doctor and explain your situation and ask for an immediate referral. You can also call your er and ask for a referral so that you can be seen immediately. I understand that you cannot wait and are in so much pain, so please tell your parents and your doctor so that you can be immediately evaluated. ...Read more
Yes: At age 48 it is doubtful that PT will do much to correct this ...Read more
Got into a car accident earlier, I hit my arm and the pain won't go away. Do I need physical therapy?
Maybe: You need a diagnosis as to what is causing pain, and then a treatment plan can be created. If this is being answered in a timely fashion, please consult a physiatrist, orthopedist or family practitioner for an evaluation if you are still experiencing pain. ...Read more
Have peroneal tendonitis but insurance doesn't cover physical therapy. Is there anything I can do myself?
Some initial Rxs: Local treatment by icing region several times a day along with use of OTC NSAIDs like Aleve (naproxen) if you have no allergies or stomach issues with these medications. Can also try a shoe insert such as a Donjoy Arch Rival which can provide for some lateral wedge support -if no improvement see an orthopedist, physiatrist or podiatrist. ...Read more
I've had shoulder instability for a little over a year and physical therapy hasn't helped. Should I get surgery?
Yes: You should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulders and be evaluated. ...Read more
Can you help cervical stenosis I have had 4 physical therapy treatments which left me with pain I didn, t have before?
Possibly: Cervical stenosis refers to narrowing of the central spinal canal or neural foramina where the nerves exit and is usually due to a combination of degenerative discs, arthritic changes and sometimes a congenitally small canal. In milder cases, therapy, medication, traction and sometimes injections can be helpful. In more severe stenosis surgical decompression may be needed. Eval is needed to decide. ...Read more
Dealing with cervical dystonia for about 4 years now. Physical therapy at first then boron injections. Didn't work. Could medical mj help?
Depends!: It depends on what your doctor ordered. I generally prescribe an exercise program to stretch and strengthen the back (the therapist instructs you in this), plus general fitness (aerobic exercise). The therapist may use other techniques, but in the end you should be able to do the exercise program on your own. ...Read more
Too many to: Answer here. There are many different types, schools and thoughts when it comes to physical therapy. In a broader sense, in a rehab setting, you will see a physical therapist, occupational therapist and sometimes a speech therapist (who do much more than speech). There are also recreational, vocational and psychotherapists. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Deoends: Technically, there is not one syndrome called "groin syndrome." groin pain can result from adductor tendonitis, a sports hernia, an inguinal hernia, hip joint problems, osteitis pubis, pubic bone stress fractures & pelvic nerve problems...Just to name a few. Physical therapy can be helpful for tendonitis, some hip joint issues & sports hernias, but it's always best to get a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Rarely: Typically a person with a bulging disc isn't going to cause "more damage" or make their problem worse by being active or participating in pt. That being said, certain activities and exercises should be avoided or else pain can increase. A spine specialist can tell you what activities to avoid and what exercises are beneficial, and this depends in part on the specific disc problem you have. ...Read more
Exercising at home?: Not so bad. Physical therapy is not forever, and I tell my patients all the time the goal is to get them out of pt. So when you go to pt, make sure you learn a home exercise program of stretching and strengthening for the affected body part. And even if you go to pt 3 times a week, you shouldn't be resting the other 4 days. K? ...Read more
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