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Is a formal physical therapy program necessary after total shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthritis?

Is a formal physical therapy program necessary after total shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthritis?

Yes.: Physical therapy is necessary to restore range of motion, strength and function to your shoulder. It is also important in minimizing the risk of developing a frozen shoulder post-operatively. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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How long after arthroplasty until rehab or physical therapy can begin? How soon does physical therapy begin after arthroplasty? .

Within days: This varies based on your orthopedist, however most surgeons start physical therapy within days. This is because the small incisions used to perform arthroplasty help minimize tissue trauma. The reason there is variability however, is because each persons surgey is different. The more extensive the repair, for example if it involved key ligaments in your knee, the longer your orthopedist may wait. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a complete tear & dislocated glenhumoral joint, been in physical therapy for 10 months and still have terrible pain, is this abnormal?

What do you advise if i had a complete tear & dislocated glenhumoral joint, been in physical therapy for 10 months and still have terrible pain, is this abnormal?

NSAIDs: Maybe helpful. Also consider supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin. Exercise muscles around the joint you are worried about to limit wear and tear. Lastly if not improving consider how platelet therapy or stem cells can be helpful for you. Check out Regenexx.Com ...Read more

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How fast does physical therapy take to work for sciatica/s.I. Joint pain?

How fast does physical therapy take to work for sciatica/s.I. Joint pain?

See below: No correct answer here. Everyone is different and everyone's healing ability is different. In general, i would expect to see some improvement after about 10-15 pt sessions. ...Read more

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What physical therapy is common for a stiff joint?

What physical therapy is common for a stiff joint?

Movement: When addressing a stiff joint therapists will work on stretching and strengthening exercises. Most important before starting any therapy is to find out why the joint is stiff. ...Read more

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What physical therapy is appropriate for dislocated sc joint?

What physical therapy is appropriate for dislocated sc joint?

Guided Therapy: Depending upon whether this was an anterior or posterior dislocation of the sternoclavicular joint you may or may not need surgery. If non-surgical, brief immobilization and then guided therapy with a physical therapist to increase range of motion and limit pain. If surgical, you may similarlly need immobilization and rehab but of a slightly longer duration. Most heal nicely without surgery. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help with sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

Can physical therapy help with sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

Yes: The pt will use various heat modalities and start a program of "pelvic stabilization exercizes". ...Read more

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If I have a joint replacement, how long does physical therapy usually last?

If I have a joint replacement, how long does physical therapy usually last?

Not too long: Joint replacements shouldn't really require much (if any) physical therapy. Most of my patients who have had new knees and hips (once the surgical / anesthesia aftershock wears off in a few days) are "up and running". Physical therapy should not have much call in these cases of having new joints. Basically your joints have just magically gotten younger. New joints don't need therapy. ...Read more

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Why do only the major joints on my right side hurt and my left side is not affected at all? I've gone to several doctors and have done physical therapy but the doctors are stumped. They're looking at jra and other things like it but are still not sure. On

Why do only the major joints on my right side hurt and my left side is not affected at all? I've gone to several doctors and have done physical therapy but the doctors are stumped. They're looking at jra and other things like it but are still not sure. On

Other arthritis: Jra (or jia) can affect joints on only one side (this can happen because there is sometimes seemingly random joint involvement instead of the more common symmetric involvement of small joints in the hands in ra). Inflammatory bowel disease-related arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are also types of inflammatory arthritis that occur in kids and adults, as well as arthritis from other diseases. ...Read more

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How long will I need physical therapy after a knee joint replacement?

How long will I need physical therapy after a knee joint replacement?

Up to 3 months: Everybody recovers differently after a total knee replacement. The amount of physical therapy is therefore, variable. A usual pt course is anywhere from 4-12 weeks.
The more dedicated the patient is to his/her recovery, the more successful the end result of the surgery will be. ...Read more

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Which would be better for a 70 year old: knee joint replacement or physical therapy?

Which would be better for a 70 year old: knee joint replacement or physical therapy?

Depends: If the knee is severly arthritic and deformed with constant pain no question the knee replacement is by far a better option.Pt does not correct the arthritis , it help to srengh the muscles around the knee, improve the rom and muscles contractures.One is not subtitute for the other, they complement each other. ...Read more

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What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

Depends: Both specialists overlap quite a bit. Just depends on what you are comfortable with. Physical therapy is now doing a lot of manipulation therapies and vice versa chiropractors are noting the benefit of active exercise therapy for their patients as well. Often times seeing an sports medicine physician might be helpful since they have experience with both care types to guide you. ...Read more

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Can having physical therapy ultrasound to the shoulder joint cause electrical shock in the shoulder and arm? Felt when over shoulder bone.

Can having physical therapy ultrasound to the shoulder joint cause electrical shock in the shoulder and arm? Felt when over shoulder bone.

Yes it can: its not a real electrical shock but the ultrasound wand most not be used over bony prominences. Keep it deep people. ...Read more

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What is joint hypermobility and is physiotherapy a good treatment option?

What is joint hypermobility and is physiotherapy a good treatment option?

May help: Joint hypermobility or loose joints result from ligament laxity. Physical therapy can not truly strengthen ligaments but can help with muscle strength and proprioception and may therefore be beneficial. ...Read more

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What is the side affect of laser/short wave in physiotherapy treatment ? Can I use them without warry with muscler/joints problems or what ?

What is the side affect of laser/short wave in physiotherapy treatment ? Can I use them without warry with muscler/joints problems or what ?

Yes: These lasers are very effective without contra-indications. No laser rep will publicly say that there are no contra-indications if you are pregnant, but the belief is that it is safe. ...Read more

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I had a shoulder arthroscopy and i didn't complete physical therapy. Are there exercises i can do to make it better?

I had a shoulder arthroscopy and i didn't complete physical therapy. Are there exercises i can do to make it better?

Yes: When surgery was done and what procedures were performed would determine the type of exercises to do. Typically 4-6 weeks i immobilization with simple passive exercises followed by progression to active assisted, and the active motion. After 10-12 weeks strengthening can commence. This is based on rotator cuff repair. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises that can reduce the risk of bedsores?

None: There are no specific exercises that prevent bed sores. Bed sores are caused by pressure on the skin in people who are immobile. When mobile people feel pressure in certain areas of their bodies they move around to alleviate the pressure. In immobile people, they need to be helped to do this by others. Turning a person from side to back to side every 2 hours helps. Special beds can help. ...Read more

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What shoulder physical therapy exercise works on a rotator cuff?

Graded program: Pt for rotator cuff problems usually start out with assisted exercises to decrease pain while gradually increasing the exercises to improve painless range of motion. Once painless range of motion has been achieved specific exercises to strengthen the rotatorcuff muscles are started and then finally sports specific exercises depending on what type of sport the person would like to go back to. ...Read more

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How to do for loosen broken ankles in terms of physical therapy exercises?

How to do for loosen broken ankles in terms of physical therapy exercises?

Many: Assuming your physician has allowed exercises to begin for your fracture, there are many exercises to work on range of motion and strengthening. Sometimes aqua therapy is recommended for motion and to help decrease swelling and weight on the limb during healing. Your physician should give you specific exercises to perform or refer you to a physical therapist for treatment. ...Read more

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What are some physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

What are some physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

Repair: Torn meniscus cartilages should be saved if at all possible. While exercising with a bike and a pool are usually safe, repair is preferred. ...Read more

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What are good physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

What are good physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

After we care of : Torn portion, then we exercise, physical therapy after a meniscal tear focuses on strengthening the muscles of your upper leg, calf and hip, which all work to support the knee. See the picture please. ...Read more

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What physical therapy exercises are appropriate for weak knees?

What physical therapy exercises are appropriate for weak knees?

Quadriceps strength: Weak knees usually refer to weak quadriceps. Simple straight leg raises and wall sits are great exercises you can do under he supervision of a therapist as well as on your own between therapy visits. Stationary bikes, swimming, short arc squats, leg extension against resistance are all additional exercises often used to strengthen the quadriceps. ...Read more

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Im looking for a physical therapy routine and exercise routine for global delay?

Im looking for a physical therapy routine and exercise routine for global delay?

Good idea: Global delay is typically an infant diagnosis. Unless there are progressive nutritional risks, aggressive therapy programs for weight bearing, movement, cognitive stimulation and functional activities on 5-7 day a week basis have merit. Unfortunately this is not a medical benefit and will be expensive. Some families choose 2-3 months a year of such a program and simulate it at home afterward. ...Read more

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Physical therapy exercises after bunion surgery?

Yes: They are good...Range of motion for motion, and then modalities to decrease any swelling. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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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