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What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

Neither..: 7.5 percent of caucasian patienists are b27 positive, a marker that relates to inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, called sacroiilitis. This problem can be also associated with psoriatic arthritis (phil mickelson-golfer) and other types. You need medication for this to stop inflammation causing the problem. Of course exercise and massage are ueful for sore muscles, but a correct DX is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Physical therapy vs. Physiatry? Which is better for neck pains?

Physical therapy vs. Physiatry?  Which is better for neck pains?

Different: A physiatrist is a medical doctor who takes a history, reviews your records, & examines you to identify the source of your pain & give a medical diagnosis. A physical therapist can evaluate your neck and design therapies (stretching, strengthening, manual therapy, heat, traction, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization). Best to get a diagnosis first, them customize therapy for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Physical therapist or chiropracter for back pain?

Physical therapist or chiropracter for back pain?

Both: At our institute we have both. I feel thar formal physical therapy is important. I feel that a well-trained chiropractor can also help. If either makes you feel worse, then i would stop that type of treatment. ...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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Is there physical therapy for lower back pain?

Yes!!!: here's a You Tube video I produced with our physical therapists... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU and here is a more in depth academic paper, with theory, "A phased rehabilitation protocol for athletes with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3812831/ ...Read more

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Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

All and none: Everything depends what is the cause for pain. If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain. ...Read more

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What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

Yoga: There are many reasons and solutions for lower back pain, which is an extremely common complaint. The main problem often stems from weak trunk muscles. The muscles of the trunk support the structures of the back, therefore, strengthen the trunk and the back is better supported. Try yoga, try abdominal exercises, or simply go for brisk walks with good posture. ...Read more

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Does laser pain therapy work for a ruptured disk and chronic back and neck pain?

Does laser pain therapy work for a ruptured disk and chronic back and neck pain?

Watch for gimmicks: Lasers are sometimes used in certain minimally invasive spine surgeries for herniated discs that have failed to respond to nonop care. ...Read more

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I have a C5 herniation. What is the recommended treatment for pain management? Surgery? Chiropractor? Physical therapy?

Depends: Surgery maybe recommended if you are having weakness. If no true weakness conservative treatment with osteopathic manipulation, chiropractic manipulation, and/or physical therapy may all help. Often a short course of steroids may be appropriate. Other medications that may help include anti-inflammatories and medications such as neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) and flexeril. ...Read more

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Ozone therapy and physical therapy combined work for lumber bulged discs?

Ozone therapy and physical therapy combined work for lumber bulged discs?

there are indication: That many people have gotten excellent relief with ozone and accompanying that with physical therapy can be beneficial. Prolotherapy is also excellent to use and ozone offers additional benefits with prolotherapy. Visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org 4 information and to find a doctor. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy for low back pain or neck pain help during pregnancy?

Can physical therapy for low back pain or neck pain help during pregnancy?

Yes: It's best to see a physical therapist or doctor of osteopathic medicine to help stretch out contracted muscles and release tension from baby. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture or massage therapy more effective for joint and low back pain?

Acupuncture: The cause of your back pain is what will determine what you should do. Both of the approaches you mentioned treat symptoms. You need to find out what is causing your pain. Injury, misuse, over use, congenital. Issues are all possibilities.. ...Read more

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What are some physical therapy exercises for a herniated disc?

Core strengthening: Once you get the ok to exercise from your doctor, work on strengthening your abs and back muscles which will be protective of your spine. You need to do them in a way so as to not cause pain or other injury. Best to work with a physical therapist to develop a home exercise program. ...Read more

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Does inversion therapy work as a treatment for back pain?

Yes And No: Inversion therapy may help you. However this is temporary. We live on planet earth gravity pulls you back. However if that helps continue doing it. ...Read more

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What are some techniques in physical therapy for disc herniation?

What are some techniques in physical therapy for disc herniation?

Depends: Usually stretching and range of motion. There are very specific programs for therapy in disc herniation. Some are flexion exercises, some are extention exercises. A lot would depend on the level of the disc, the symptoms, your general condition and health and the presscription given by your doctor. Some therapist use computer guided machines very specific to the rehabilitation of the back. ...Read more

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What is the duration for the physical therapy treatment for cervical disk herniations, and is physical therapy needed, or home exercises are enough?

What is the duration for the physical therapy treatment for cervical disk herniations, and is physical therapy needed, or home exercises are enough?

Highly individual: Many, if not most, patients will benefit from physical therapy as part of conservative therapy for a herniated cervical disc. Pain control medicines, muscle relaxants & anti-inflammatories are first line.Physical therapists can instruct in avoiding painful positions & appropriate exercise as well as treat with ice/heat, traction, ultrasound, TENS, bracing. Home therapy follows after a few sessions ...Read more

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Is electrical muscle stimulation machine for physical therepy for a previous shoulder dislocation helpful?

Is electrical muscle stimulation machine for physical therepy for a previous shoulder dislocation helpful?

Yes.: It can improve muscle and nerve function, and improve circulation to the area. A damaged area of tissue will have altered voltage on the surface of the cells. The status of this voltage can affect healing, especially if it is low. I do not see much downside to using it in conjunction with other therapy. ...Read more

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Cervical hnp diagnosed.Arm shoulder neck pain persist even after various nonsurgical management for a year.Is surgery thr only option?Or stick w nonop

See details: Without being able to perform an exam and review MRI results, it is impossible to be precise. However, a year of conservative therapy without improvement is long enough. ...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