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Doctor insights on: Physical Therapy For Post Spinal Accessory Nerve Damage

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2nd opinion for spinal accessory nerve damage had surgery in jan. To remove a branchial cleft cyst and have damage to spinal nerve, had nerve test done and was told physical therapy and see what happens after 3 months. Should I get a second opinion or wha

2nd opinion for spinal accessory nerve damage had surgery in jan. To remove a branchial cleft cyst and have damage to spinal nerve, had nerve test done and was told physical therapy and see what happens after 3 months. Should I get a second opinion or wha

The: The spinal accessory nerve, also known as "cranial nerve xi" (xi meaning "eleven") is a nerve in the region of the neck that moves two important muscles: the trapezius and the sternocleidomastoid. The trapezius is the muscle that (among other things) shrugs the shoulder. The sternocleidomastoid is a muscle that (among other things) tilts the head. These are important functions, and damage to the nerve can be significant depending on other circumstances.

While most peripheral nerve injuries do get better, especially with physical therapy, some do not. Even if recovery is incomplete, there may be no reduced ability to perform routine activities. Loss of ability is a concept that is relative: a graphic artist might have different demands for those muscles than a circus performer, for example.

The decision to get a second opinion is often based on the severity of problems, the complexity of problems, or the degree of trust in the competency of the physician or surgeon who offered the first opinion. Most doctors welcome the decision of a patient to get a second opinion, particularly if the stakes are high. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind/level?: First see a rehab doctor or neurologist to be sure physical therapy won't be dangerous. If it isn't serious you are likely to need strengthening of any affected muscles with neck and arm range of motion. Cervical traction is useful for some disc ruptures.
Again see the doctor first. You might have something that could cause paraplegia or a tumor or a disc needing surgery or epidural injections. ...Read more

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Three months ago I developed nerve damage from statin use (one month of simvastin 20mg/day). Daily physical therapy has helped a bit, and I just started taking cymbalta to control the nerve pain. Anyone have suggestions for quicker improvement?

Three months ago I developed nerve damage from statin use (one month of simvastin 20mg/day). Daily physical therapy has helped a bit, and I just started taking cymbalta to control the nerve pain. Anyone have suggestions for quicker improvement?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture helps the body heal without medications. It can also reduce pain. Also you can get homeopathic hypericum 30c or 200c and take that. It hold help with the pain as well. Chinese medicine can alas help your cholesterol problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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My mother has neuropathy in both feet and pain that shoots up her legs at night, very painful, has tried accupunture physical therapy and nothing help?

My mother has neuropathy in both feet and pain that shoots up her legs at night, very painful, has tried accupunture physical therapy and nothing help?

B vitamins: Neuropathy can be very painful but b vitamins can be beneficial in alleviating the pain. You may want to see a neurologist to get further help as far as determining the cause; if you have not done so already. ...Read more

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Can spinal decompression therapy cause nerve damage? Doesn't it stretch out the nerve too?

Can spinal decompression therapy cause nerve damage? Doesn't it stretch out the nerve too?

Pinched nerve relief: Purpose of spinal decompression is to prevent or halt nerve damage. Microdiscectomy is minimally invasive and mostly successful in hands of experienced neurosurgeon. Decompression by laminectomy is more invasive, sometimes necessary with more risk of nerve damage. Inversion therapy (hanging upside down) is a possible non surgical, usually temporary, treatment. ...Read more

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What are some homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

What are some homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Several: You can learn some exercises at physical therapy aimed at opening up your spinal canal like williams flexion exercises while bike riding, rowing and walking up an inclined treadmill will give good cardio workouts without further narrowing your spinal canal. ...Read more

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I have 5 disk with moderate to severe spinal stenosis failed physical therapy what should I do next can this paralyze me?

I have 5 disk with moderate to severe spinal stenosis failed physical therapy what should I do next can this paralyze me?

Spinal stenosis: While paralysis would be especially rare, you can have significant loss of function with severe spinal stenosis. In some people, epidural steroid injections can help relieve pain. However, with multilevel severe spinal stenosis, I suggest seeing a spinal surgeon to evaluate and discuss options for your care. ...Read more

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Are there any homeopathic or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Are there any homeopathic or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

No: There are no real homeopathic treatments for anything. Homeopathy is not medicine. Practitioners have no real medical knowledge. Would you want your MD to practice 214-year-old medicine on you? Because that’s when homeopathy was invented. It's worse than worthless. Join the 21st century. Read “Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake” at http://www. Quackwatch. Com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/homeo. Html. ...Read more

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Are there homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Are there homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

Surely...: There are a number of remedies for spinal stenosis; but none are miracle cures! Check with your primary care physician before starting any new treatments/supplements; you may also need a good orthopedist and some imaging studies (xray, mri, etc) to obtain a baseline for the degree of your 'stenosis'. Physical therapy can help as well. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What are the homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

What are the homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?

No: Howevert allopathic care has a high sucess rate doc eval, mri, esi, surgery the only to make the canal bigger reverse stenosis is to physically make the canal bigger laminectomy 94% sucess rate for leg symptoms. ...Read more

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Cervical spinal stenosis how to lessen pain and what pain meds work best had trouble with physical therapy because back is in spasm pain was unreal?

Cervical spinal stenosis how to lessen pain and what pain meds work best had trouble with physical therapy because back is in spasm pain was unreal?

Cervical spine pain: Each case is different. See orthopedic spine doctor or pain management. Consider postural changes, sleep changes with different pillows/positions, gentle massage, yoga, meditation, modalities/laser therapy, acupuncture. ...Read more

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How can physical therapy help my spinal stenosis?

Improves core: Pt will strengthen your core and often lessens pain. However, nothing outside of surgery will reduce the structural compression of nerves that comes from spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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I started physical therapy for spinal stenosis and it made the fasciculations, hip, chest pain that I had for 2 years go away. Why is that?

I started physical therapy for spinal stenosis and it made the fasciculations, hip, chest pain that I had for 2 years go away. Why is that?

We should TALK!: I haven't got a clue...oh, I could come up with some very cerebral sounding answer as a neurologist and doctor of medicine but I'm more interested in knowing about what happened & can that be duplicated in anybody else? Doesn't sound like there are any down sides to the intervention. & even if it only helped one person; would it be worth it? I've got several TWITCHERS now who would follow you.... ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? I have fallen twice, once I broke my wrist. I am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. Could I go for laproscopic surgergy?

I have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? I have fallen twice, once I broke my wrist. I am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. Could I go for laproscopic surgergy?

Depends: Balance problems from cervical stenosis should be adressessed by a spine surgeon before other elective procedures not as impt if lumbar stenosis depends on where the stenosis is, two falls from balance problems from lumbar stenosis dosent sound right maybe your falls are from a foot drop? If your balance issues are from cervical stenosis therapy won't help. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can this be taken care of in physical therapy?

Depends: The determination of whether a compromised nerve can be treated with PT or other intervention (surgery) depends on the degree and type of issue causing symptoms. It seems that the best thing you can do is to speak with your physician to go over your test results in detail in order to make an educated decision. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy treatment is done for neck nerve irritation? Please help

There are variations: But it will focus on strengthening, range of motion increase and teaching proper mechanics and posture. You can read more about it at:
www. Spine-health. Com
hope that helps! ...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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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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Should I get a nerve block and physical therapy for a frozen shoulder?

Should I get a nerve block and physical therapy for a frozen shoulder?

PT: Physical therapy is the cornerstone of treatment, in resistant cases localize steroid injection or even manipulation under anesthetic may become necessary remember the less you move your shoulder the worse the pain. ...Read more

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Can a doctor determine someone having a pinched nerve without having done an MRI first, and would doing physical therapy be doing more damage to it?

Yes: Symptoms alone can strongly suggest a "Pinched Nerve".
In most cases, as long as there are no ominous signs your doctor can see, PT is safe. ...Read more

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Can a lower back pinched nerve be corrected with physical therapy.?

PT for LBP.: It's not a cure for a pinched nerve, of course, but physical therapy may help your body function with it better. Always a good first step in the management of a pinched nerve, and for lower back pain in general. ...Read more

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I went to doc about my siatic nerve I got pain killers not helping much where or what website can I find physical therapy? Nerve from back problem

I went to doc about my siatic nerve I got pain killers not helping much where or what website can I find physical therapy? Nerve from back problem

Your best bet: Is to ask your Doctor for a REFERRAL to Physical therapy and if there is no response ask for a referral to a PHYSIATRIST (An M.D> with an interest in MUSCULO-SKELETAL disorders who will certainly know what kind of a program you will need,

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...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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Would an irritate nerve cause my neck to seize up? I tried stretching, heat, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors and my neck is still seized

Yes: You are alluding to a pinched nerve as in a herniated disc? This could cause muscle spasms, and from what I understand of your question, seizing of the muscles. Have you seen and MD for an evaluation of the neck and it's nerves? ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


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