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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 ...Read more


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Left leg numb 10 months, going physical therapy, he said there is a temperature difference in each leg. Numb leg colder. Any thoughts why?

Left leg numb 10 months, going physical therapy, he said there is a temperature difference in each leg. Numb leg colder. Any thoughts why?

Peripheral Artery Dz: Hi, Thank you for your question.

If your pulses are not equal on both feet then you should be seeing a vascular surgeon.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
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Knee swelling pain numbness had injection and physical therapy didn't work see nothing on MRI degeneration on X-ray what could be problem

Knee swelling pain numbness had injection and physical therapy didn't work see nothing on MRI degeneration on X-ray what could be problem

? Patellofemoral Pain: Patellofemoral syndrome causes anterior knee pain typically increased with activity and worsens when descending steps or hills. It can also be triggered by prolonged sitting, affecting 1 or both knees, and may have normal mri, usually related to abnormal patella tracking. Tx can include patella taping, stabilization brace and therapy to strengthening vmo, increase hip/calf/it band flexibility. ...Read more

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My 4th vertebrae is slipping, I asked my doctor for a referral for MRI he insisted physical therapy but last couple weeks my left leg goes numb? Ideas

My 4th vertebrae is slipping, I asked my doctor for a referral for MRI he insisted physical therapy but last couple weeks my left leg goes numb? Ideas

See a specialist: By your question I am assuming you have had a plain x-ray showing changes at your 4 th lumbar vertebret since you can't see disks on plain x-rays I suspect you have something called sponsylolysthesis of mild severity. Have you discussed the new numbness with your doctor. If so you may need to see a pm&r doctor or neurologist for a more comprehensive exam to see if more studies are needed. ...Read more

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My heal is hurting what should I do? About 3 months ago I rolled my ankle on the tile falling from the stairs. I have been attending physical therapy. They said it was just an ankle sprain and my toes would get numb. Now my heal hurts so bad I can hardly

My heal is hurting what should I do? About 3 months ago I rolled my ankle on the tile falling from the stairs. I have been attending physical therapy. They said it was just an ankle sprain and my toes would get numb. Now my heal hurts so bad I can hardly

You: You absolutely should get it x-rayed to make sure you don't have a stress fracture.

That being said, your choice of the words "on fire" and "numb" make me suspect a nerve injury. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a possibility, but this usually comes on gradually, not right after trauma. You may have a nerve impingement, or something called neuropraxia, which is when a nerve gets stretched suddenly, which you might have done when you fell.

Your first order of business is to get whatever is causing your pain diagnosed. You can either go to a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon, have an x-ray, and see about the condition of the nerves in your foot & ankle.

Good luck! ...Read more

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4 weeks ago I fell and tore ligaments in both my left knee and ankle. Having two injuries on the same leg, what physical therapy exercises can I do?

4 weeks ago I fell and tore ligaments in both my left knee and ankle. Having two injuries on the same leg, what physical therapy exercises can I do?

See details: Without being able to examine the areas, it is impossible to offer specific advise. You should direct this question to the doctor who evaluated the knee and ankle. ...Read more

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What knee exercises can I do for physical therapy during recovery?

What knee exercises can I do for physical therapy during recovery?

Focus on quadriceps: Straight leg raises and quadriceps contractions are usually allowed and warranted to eventually allow for crutch free ambulation. Of course your specific injury and/or surgical intervention will ultimately dictate what you should do during your recovery. Your treating physician should be the best source of information for your specific knee injury. ...Read more

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What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

Stretch and Strength: Stretching is always the first step. Hamstring, iliotibial band and gastrocs are all excellent to stretch initially. After that, the quadriceps is the ideal muscle to strengthen to stabilize the knee joint. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

Gradual exercise: Exercises including plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, and foot circles should be started early, once acute pain and swelling subside, to maintain range of motion. The intensity of rehabilitation is increased gradually. Ankle splints or braces can limit extremes of joint motion and allow early weight bearing while protecting against reinjury. ...Read more

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My knee is grinding and clicking & locking. I already had one surgery. I've tried physical therapy, injections, exercises, meds. What can I do next.?

My knee is grinding and clicking & locking. I already had one surgery. I've tried physical therapy, injections, exercises, meds. What can I do next.?

See details: This is a tough one as you want to avoid repeated arthroscopic procedures. However, locking is a concern. I would suggest an orthopedic reevaluation and a new MRI to start. You can always get more than one opinion. ...Read more

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I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

Radiating pain: Pain after therapy radiating down the leg to the knee is most likely related to nerve irritation. I suggest you go back into the physician who referred you to physical therapy and be reassessed. ...Read more

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What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

Several.: Swimming. Aqua-aerobics. Weight training. Etc. When fractures heal, wearing an ankle brace and using a schwinn-airdyne would be best! Other sporting activities can be aqdapted, but check with your orthopedist! ...Read more

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10 months numbness in left leg physical therapy said coming from neon in brain, mri show white matter in pon. Seeing neurology in big city help?

10 months numbness in left leg physical therapy said coming from neon in brain, mri show white matter in pon. Seeing neurology in big city help?

Unclear question: It isn't clear if there is a question here; it appears that a neurologist is being consulted, which is the appropriate next step if there is a lesion discovered on MRI. ...Read more

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How long is physical therapy for an amputated leg?

How long is physical therapy for an amputated leg?

Variable: A lot depends on the person's status before surgery. Infection, wound healing problems, swelling, pain, poor nutritional status, and general deconditioning all impact recovery. ...Read more

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Hi, The pain I have is excruciating, and it's along the peroneal nerve in my leg, I did not suffer any injury, Can physical therapy fix the damage?

Hi, The pain I have is excruciating, and it's along the peroneal nerve in my leg, I did not suffer any injury, Can physical therapy fix the damage?

Peroneal nerve pain: It is vital to find out the cause of the pain. Physical therapy may help, but first things first. See your doctor about what is the root cause of your pain. Then decide on treatment. ...Read more

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What are common leg diseases/conditions in children that require physical therapy?

What are common leg diseases/conditions in children that require physical therapy?

Many: Pt can be useful following injuries to the extremities in children, after surgery, and with a multitude of congenital conditions. Some specific ones related to the leg: knee sprain, acl tear and/or reconstruction, ankle sprain, spasticity in legs from cerebral palsy and other conditions. Kind of a broad question, but hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy worthless for pain from herniated nucelus propulsus that has already radiated into the leg?

Is physical therapy worthless for pain from herniated nucelus propulsus that has already radiated into the leg?

Herniated disc: No. Physical therapy may be quite helpful. Especially mckenzie centralization technique and traction. Use of medicine for nerve pain such as Gabapentin may also help. Lumbar epidural steroids are also used. Very few people have to have surgery to relieve their symptoms and they usually have failed conservative care or have an advancing neurologic problem. ...Read more

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How long will I have physical therapy after amputation? How long will physical therapy last after a leg amputation? .

How long will I have physical therapy after amputation? How long will physical therapy last after a leg amputation? .

Depends: This depends on many factors including overall health, reason and type of amputation, and walking ability prior to the amputation among others. I would say that most people require between 2-3 months but again there is great variability between people. ...Read more

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How long will I have physical therapy after amputation? How long will physical therapy last after a leg amputation? .

How long will I have physical therapy after amputation? How long will physical therapy last after a leg amputation? .

Depends: This depends on many factors including overall health, reason and type of amputation, and walking ability prior to the amputation among others. I would say that most people require between 2-3 months but again there is great variability between people. ...Read more

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Physiotherapy (Definition)

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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

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