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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Overview)

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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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Overview)

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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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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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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When do you know physical therapy should be continued or ended?

Follow your doctor's: Recommendations. If you feel like you are not benefiting any longer, or after your goals have been reached, then it may be time to stop. Ensure your learn some home exercise programs which you can be doing if you stop formal physical therapy. ...Read 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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What are some benefits of physical therapy for someone with a disability?

Many: Physical therapy can help with strength and conditioning in a safe manner, and make more progress, faster. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy painful?

Not necessarily: Some pt may be uncomfortable at times but most of the time it is not. ...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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