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I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success.?

I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success.?

Get MRI: If you have 'bursitis' diagnosed by history and physical exam/ X-rays only and have had the treatment you discussed w/out improvement then a good quality MRI scan is indicated. If you've had an MRI scan which confirms above then see a qualified ORS for possible subacromial injection or arthroscopic decompression/rotator cuff repair. Best if Luck! ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Got into a car accident earlier, I hit my arm and the pain won't go away. Do I need physical therapy?

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

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A relative (age 70) had a stroke 2 years ago. He can move one arm and leg well, and the other leg a little. Would physical therapy still be helpful at this late date? Is there a chance he could walk?

A relative (age 70) had a stroke 2 years ago. He can move one arm and leg well, and the other leg a little. Would physical therapy still be helpful at this late date? Is there a chance he could walk?

Unlikely....: Most recovery after a neurological injury like a stroke happens during the first year. Physical therapy may help to achieve more recovery but to go from moving the affected leg "a little" to walking is unlikely. But, if physical therapy has not been tried, it is worthwhile to pursue to see exactly what recovery occurs. Good luck! ...Read more

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I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm. How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm. How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

Usually weeks: Depending on how bad the injury, it can take weeks, or even longer. Especially as we get older, our risk for muscle injuries and the time it takes to recover both increase. Physical therapy is definitely helpful, as is resting and avoiding activities that make it hurt more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Negative EMG/nerve conduction study. Negative MRI of head/neck. Physical therapy no help. Weakness in left arm for 6+ months. What could it be?

Negative EMG/nerve conduction study. Negative MRI of head/neck. Physical therapy no help. Weakness in left arm for 6+ months. What could it be?

Details: Without having more history or context, nor the results of what was done, it is difficult to make an assessment. Suggest you obtain a second opinion, whether it is here on a virtual concierge consult, or with other doctors either in your area or at a tertiary care center like Ohio State. ...Read more

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I had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair four weeks ago today. I am still in a sling and have not yet begun physical therapy. I have significant nerve pain in my wrist and forearm area when the arm is extended (when bent the pain is not apparent) to inclu

I had arthroscopic rotator cuff repair four weeks ago today. I am still in a sling and have not yet begun physical therapy. I have significant nerve pain in my wrist and forearm area when the arm is extended (when bent the pain is not apparent) to inclu

Comments: You may be getting some stiffness at the joints due to lack of use, secondary to the sling. Once you commence range of motion with physical therapy, this should start to resolve. Do contact your orthopedic surgeon, and let know of your symptoms. Doubt you have true "nerve" issues, but if concerns persist, an EMG test could clarify. ...Read more

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Hv herniated disc, severe arm/neck/back pain & ortho has recommended epidural injection b4 phys therapy. Wld like other opinions if inj should be 1st?

Hv herniated disc, severe arm/neck/back pain & ortho has recommended epidural injection b4 phys therapy. Wld like other opinions if inj should be 1st?

Herniated disc: I would agree with your doctor, based on severity of the pain. If in doubt, you can always seek second opinion. ...Read more

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Left arm weakness. EMG/nerve conduction study neg. Mri brain & c-spine (no contrast) neg. Phys Therapy no help. What's the next step? What could it be?

Left arm weakness. EMG/nerve conduction study neg. Mri brain & c-spine (no contrast) neg. Phys Therapy no help. What's the next step? What could it be?

Diagnosis: It sounds like there has been attempts, but it really does come down to the specific diagnosis for what is causing you this problem. Only then can things like prognosis and treatment options be known. Have you seen a neurologist? You might also request being referred to more of a tertiary care center if the diagnosis is not clear. ...Read more

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Mid shaft humerus fracture an plated in arm how much time bone will take to cure an when should physio therapy started. Angulation of plate also there?

Mid shaft humerus fracture an plated in arm how much time bone will take to cure an when should physio therapy started. Angulation of plate also there?

Humeral plate: I'm not sure what you mean that there is angulation of the plate, there has to be a slight convexity to the plate to avoid valgus malreduction. Physical therapy should start around 6 weeks post-operatively. ...Read more

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What's the suggested physical therapy for a broken elbow?

What's the suggested physical therapy for a broken elbow?

Depends: Ther are several types of elbow fractures which all differ in severity. You need to talk to the doctor treating you and get specific instructions. This will maximize your healing and minimize the time frame. ...Read more

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Fractured elbow and failing physical therapy, what to do?

Fractured elbow and failing physical therapy, what to do?

Elbow specialist.: Make sure that you're seeing an orthopedic elbow specialist. The fracture needs to heal in the correct position. It may be malaligned.... Or it could be a non-union or a delayed union. ...Read more

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What to do if I fractured elbow and failing physical therapy?

What to do if I fractured elbow and failing physical therapy?

See a specialist.: See a fellowship trained orthopedic elbow specialist. You may have a fracture that healed improperly. ...Read more

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What can cause severe shoulder pain (radiates down towards elbow) and popping with a normal MRI? Also didn't get better with physical therapy.

What can cause severe shoulder pain (radiates down towards elbow) and popping with a normal MRI? Also didn't get better with physical therapy.

Popping: As for the popping that is generally just a normal variant. The question on the pain is, is the MRI of the neck or shoulder. IF the shoulder was it done with contrast or without? There are some things like labral tears (if you play sports) that could cause pain. Also, how long have you had the pain. Sometimes there is an injury that is minor and can't be seen but is painful. Give it 6-8 week ...Read more

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3 yrs ago diagnosed with pinch nerve, did physical therapy & chiro. Now again for ten months, severe pinching/pain in neck, shoulder, elbow, lwr back.

3 yrs ago diagnosed with pinch nerve, did physical therapy & chiro. Now again for ten months, severe pinching/pain in neck, shoulder, elbow, lwr back.

NSAIDs/Injections: I am assuming you had an appropriate workup that confirmed a pinched nerve. If not see a medical provider for testing. Other treatment options include anti-inflammatories, repeat PT, cortisone injections if appropriate. Muscle relaxers and analgesics could be helpful. Speak with your medical provider. Good luck ...Read more

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My hubby had physical therapy 4 days after shoulder surgery, the pt guy quickly put his arm above his head. His arm is blue and swollen im conerned...

My hubby had physical therapy 4 days after shoulder surgery, the pt guy quickly put his arm above his head. His arm is blue and swollen im conerned...

See your surgeon: Not sure what surgery your husband had but if it was arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, slap or labral repair, etc. See your orthopedic surgeon soon. Some swelling and bruising is normal after surgery but if it began after an aggressive pt session and is associated w/ increasing pain... See your ors as re- rupture of repair would be my concern. Gl! ...Read more

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Left forearm hurts. Right handed. No injury or overuse. Duration 1 year. Had physical therapy. Heat/cold no help. What can I expect from doctor visit?

Left forearm hurts. Right handed. No injury or overuse. Duration 1 year. Had physical therapy. Heat/cold no help. What can I expect from doctor visit?

Check muscles/nerves: You will need your neck looked at to make sure nothing is being referred from your neck such as a pinched nerve. The physician will also check other nerve structures such as your brachial plexus and possibly even your median nerve which can cause pain in the forearm. You will also need strength and range of motion testing in your upper extremities. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture?

When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture?

Within a week: Assuming your fracture-dislocation was fixed surgically (as most are), it is critical to get your elbow moving within a week of surgery. You may never have full motion again (though it is possible), but to optimize your motion and elbow function, early motion is critical. ...Read more

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Any ideas why I am getting numbness in arm after physiotherapy?

Any ideas why I am getting numbness in arm after physiotherapy?

Cannot answer: I really cannot answer this because I do not have enough information. Why are you in physical therapy? What types of treatment are you receiving in physical therapy. Where in the arm is the numbness? Are there certain exercises that you have found give you these symptoms? ...Read more

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I dislocated my shoulder bad breaking a fall 2 days ago! It slightly keeps popping in n out every so often when I move my arm. Physiotherapy enough?

I dislocated my shoulder bad breaking a fall 2 days ago! It slightly keeps popping in n out every so often when I move my arm. Physiotherapy enough?

See your Doc: You should have a full orthopedic evaluation. Which may including imaging studies to assure no other damage was done. One form of damage may include a tear to the fibrous rim of the socket (or glenoid cavity). This often referred to as a slap lesion. There could be other coinciding injuries. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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I have a damaged nerve in my left arm which really hurts with tingling numbing pain I am having physiotherapy but I am very concerned about long term?

I have a damaged nerve in my left arm which really hurts with tingling numbing pain I am having physiotherapy but I am very concerned about long term?

Approach: An EMG test will reveal which nerve is involved, and the characteristics of the electrical patterns can likewise show the extent of damage and provide prognosis for the future. ...Read more

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Recently I had an accident on left arm wrist doc tell me its case of volar barton. Plz suggest me some physiotherapy for earlier benefits.?

Recently I had an accident on left arm wrist doc tell me its case of volar barton. Plz suggest me some physiotherapy for earlier benefits.?

First fracture heals: Before you do anything your fracture must heal
usually that will take about 4-6 weeks to heal
once your fracture heals you will need therapy to decrease your swelling, increase your motion and strength
might take another month. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for game keeper's thumb?

What are physical therapy exercises for game keeper's thumb?

Not much: Unfortunately there is not a lot of therapy for a gamekeeper or skiers thumb. If it is not severe then a period of splinting for 3 to 6 weeks can be used followed by motion exercises. If it is severe, and an orthopedist must determine that, then surgery s treatment of choice. ...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

Dr. Dennis Giannini
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