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Doctor insights on: Remedies For Hyperactive Deep Tendon Reflexes

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What are hyperactive deep tendon reflexes?

What are hyperactive deep tendon reflexes?

See below: A DTR is a brisk contraction of a muscle in response to a sudden stretch induced by a sharp tap by a finger or rubber hammer on the tendon of insertion of the muscle. Absence of the reflex may be caused by damage to the muscle, peripheral nerve, nerve roots, or spinal cord at that level. A hyperactive reflex may indicate disease of the pyramidal tract above the level of the reflex arc being tested. ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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Are the deep tendon reflexes increased in a drunk person?

No: If the person under the influence his reflexes should be down from normal. ...Read more

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What are deep tendon reflexes and how they are graded?

What are deep tendon reflexes and how they are graded?

0-4: Deep tendon reflexes, of which the knee-jerk is the best known, are spinal reflexes triggered by hitting certain tendons. Triceps, biceps, patellar (knee) and ankle are the most commonly tested and are graded 0-4 as follows: 0-absent 1-small reaction 2=normal 3=brisk 4=clonic (continuous jerking) clinical context and symmetry more important than the actual reflex grade though. ...Read more

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Why hyperactive deep tendon reflex occure in hypocalcemia?

Why hyperactive deep tendon reflex occure in hypocalcemia?

Spastic muscles : Muscles get "tetanic" when there isn't enough calcium. They contract more easily because the decreased calcium affects contractility of muscle fibers. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: deep tendon reflex?

Deep tendon reflex: Dtr or deep tendon reflex is a test done on physical exam to evaluate specific nerve function. Certain nerves like cervical and lumber spinal nerves control certain reflexes and when absent can indicate a problem with that nerve. Like the patellar or knee reflex can indicate a spinal nerve problem or herniated disc. ...Read more

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I need your help please? What makes me kick so hard when they test deep tendon reflex?

I need your help please? What makes me kick so hard when they test deep tendon reflex?

See below: A deep tendon reflex reflects the function of a part of the nervous system that travels to and from the spinal cord. It is also influenced by the brain. It is involuntary. Some people have brisker reflexes than others and it is completely normal. Some conditions can cause brisker reflexes like an overactive thyroid or certain nervous system conditions like injury to the brain or spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is a change in your deep tendon reflex history an ominous sign? Like going from 2+ to 4+ on a scale that goes to 5+

That is not: a very sensitive test, depends on how performed and your mental state at that time. Would be significant if not present or you had other signs to associate with ...Read more

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My son has brisk deep tendon reflex and thinks he has brain cancer. Please help im his mother?

My son has brisk deep tendon reflex and thinks he has brain cancer. Please help im his mother?

A little learning...: ... Is a dangerous thing. People's deep tendon reflexes are widely variable. A brain tumor that makes a DTR brisker will always (no exceptions) do so asymmetrically, and will have some other symptom (headache, personality change, nausea, altered walk). Some folks, including one of my neurology attendings, have no dtr's, and they're normal unless even a lay person can see they aren't. ...Read more

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What happens to the patellar tendon reflex after running on the spot and why does this happen? Please help, this is urgent

What happens to the patellar tendon reflex after running on the spot and why does this happen?
Please help, this is urgent

Patellar reflex: The patellar tendon reflex is an involuntary reflex arc that occurs in response to rapid stretching of the tendon. When the tendon is tapped with a reflex hammer, involuntary stimulation of the quadriceps muscle (e.g., knee extension) is produced. Running and other exercises that promote fatiguability of the quad muscles can blunt, but typically cannot eliminate, the effect of the reflex itself. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of a hyperactive gag reflex?

Is there a way to get rid of a hyperactive gag reflex?

No: No,you can try and control your gag reflex by consciously not thinking about it,once you start gagging it is difficult to control it ...Read more

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How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

Brakes are released: The quick answer: the brain/spinal cord send electrical fibers to control the muscles. When the fibers are severed, the muscles "do their own thing", unregulated. http://www.livestrong.com/article/197920-causes-of-clonus/. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain and had imaging.I have reflexes some slightly hyperactive. I get spasms and always feel tired. what could be causing it?

I have severe back pain and had imaging.I have reflexes some slightly hyperactive. I get spasms and always feel tired. what could be causing it?

Pain: You won't know until you have had complete evaluation from a back surgeon. That said, a consult with a neurologist and/or a psychologist may be in order. Let the surgeon decide that. Do not delay. Hopefully your symptoms don't require surgery. ...Read more

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Julie still all her body shaking. Hyperactive reflexes, even in one touch. We are not worried about stroke. Is there's anything emergency?

Unclear: From your question, I am unsure what the problem is. If you are concerned, go to the nearest emergency room for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get treatment for a tendon injury?

What is the best way to get treatment for a tendon injury?

Start wih primary: Care doctor. It would be good to consult your primary care doctor who may be in a better position to determine, whether you need to see a rheumatologist, orthopedist or a physical medicine/rehabilitation doctor. ...Read more

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I strained a tendon in my arm, treatment?

I strained a tendon in my arm, treatment?

Strained tendon: A strained tendon in arm is first treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. If it does not improve see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tendon laceration?

Surgical repair: If the tendon is completely severed, then repair is usually the treatment of choice. You need to consult a specialist for a complete evaluation. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for torn ligaments and a torn tendon?

What is the treatment for torn ligaments and a torn tendon?

Torn ligament/tendon: It depends on the location. Some tendon or ligament injuries heal with nonoperative treatment and time, some heal with splinting and therapy, some require surgery. ...Read more

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