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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 to improve sciatica symptoms.

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What should I expect from physical therapy?

What should I expect from physical therapy?

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

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Managing Sciatica (Tip)

Managing Sciatica

Avoid bending and lifting heavy items. Consider anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy & acupuncture. ...See more

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What is the difference between physical therapy and physiotherapy?

What is the difference between physical therapy and physiotherapy?

No difference: Physiotherapy is a fused version of physical therapy. In the US, physical therapy is a preferred term, though. ...Read more

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How exactly does physical therapy work?

Improve function: The goal of physical therapy is to restore function of affected parts of the body. It requires passive or active mobilization of groups of muscles or soft tissue ( tendons, ligaments )and treatment of the inflammation with different exercises, movements, technics or machines. They use heat or cold, electrical stimulation, ultrasound waves, weights, massage or others. ...Read more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

After surgery, post op physiotherapy is recommended to get back range of motion that was lost. ...See more

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Question about physical therapy for an injury? Covered by workmens comp or insurance?

Question about physical therapy for an injury? Covered by workmens comp or insurance?

Need to make claim: Physical therapy may or may not be part of treatment after an injury. To have it covered by workmens comp, first you would need to make a claim of a work related injury thru your employer and have that claim be accepted as a work related injury. Then, work with the physician you are seeing for the injury to determine the best course of treatment. Physical therapy might be needed. ...Read more

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Is there a way to incorporate therapy animals when doing physical therapy?

Yes: Here's what one of my friends does: http://www.Leashyourfitness.Com/ here is more medical environment information: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/animal-assisted_therapy. ...Read more

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Pain Management (Tip)

Pain Management

Don't do physical therapy on your own. Only with trained professional because form is important! ...See more

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What are risks of physical therapy?

Beware: 1) getting pushed and progressed too aggressively 2) getting passive modalities (hooked up to machines) and abandoned while the therapist pays attention to other clients. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more

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