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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?

I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?

Can't answer w/o inf: The space here is limited to provide a good answer to your question. You should speak to an Orthopedic Surgeon or sports medicine doctor (rehab?) to answer this question. Generally, rest, ice, & compression is used to help support healing. Anti-inflammatories like Tylenol (acetaminophen) could be used also. Later on, rehab is used when healing has started but timing is up to the surgeon. ...Read more

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Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc. Have done physical therapy ?

Herniated disk on L5 and have dull achy pain on legs especially knees. MRI showed nerve not pinched but touching disc.  Have done physical therapy ?

Incidental finding: Disc is an incidental finding that doesn't correlate clinically to your target symptoms, should be ignored better to look for another diagnosis a diagnostic injection can confirm generalized leg and knee ache atypical description for an L5 radiculopathy ...Read more

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Physical therapy only made my back hurt worse; now what can I do?

Physical therapy only made my back hurt worse; now what can I do?

See your doctor.: If therapy truly made you worse, maybe you suffered a new injury. A good physical exam and some imaging studies might be helpful. Treatment options include anti inflammatories, hot or cold modalities, gentle stretching and staying active as tolerated. ...Read more

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Besides physical therapy, what other way can a dry disc in the back be treated?

Besides physical therapy, what other way can a dry disc in the back be treated?

OMM: I have no idea what a "dry disk" is but osteopathic manipulation has been proven in studies to be extremely effective at treating all sorts of back pain, often reducing the need for medication and surgery. Find a do who treats back pain with omm and see what they can do for you. ...Read more

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Does back/neck mobilization or manual physical therapy hurt? How effective is it?

Does back/neck mobilization or manual physical therapy hurt? How effective is it?

Yes, but worth it: Physical therapy involves moving, which can sometimes cause acute pain, but long term studies show significant benefit to therapy for many chronic and acute conditions. ...Read more

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Will irritated C6 nerve continue to produce symptoms even though i'm on physical therapy and have taken meds?

Will irritated C6 nerve continue to produce symptoms even though i'm on physical therapy and have taken meds?

Possibly: Having experienced this problem myself, i can tell you that the symptoms can go away with treatment. The etiology of the injury, such as a slipped disc , arthritis, spurring etc, must be addressed to prevent recurrence, which may or may not be possible. ...Read more

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How is physical therapy used in the non-surgical treatment of back and neck?

Very effective: In general, the goals of back pain exercises and physical therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences. ...Read more

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What do they do in physical therapy for the back?

What do they do in physical therapy for the back?

Hope this helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU http://www.spine-health.com/video/physiatry-back-pain-video http://www.aapmr.org/patients/aboutpmr/Pages/WhyARehabPhysician.aspx

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