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Can anyone give me a list of don't do's after chiari 1 decomposition surgery 6 mon ago or does it depend on surgeon?As heavy lifting, riding breaking horses, motorcycle riding, flying, high altitudes, jet skiing snow skiing, mountain climbing or do you ju

Can anyone give me a list of don't do's after chiari 1 decomposition surgery 6 mon ago or does it depend on surgeon?As heavy lifting, riding breaking horses, motorcycle riding, flying, high altitudes, jet skiing snow skiing, mountain climbing or do you ju

Talk to Your Surgeon: I wouldn't take it lightly because the consequences can be serious. In general, it depends on how successful the procedure was, how you've healed, etc. Only your surgeon can tell you after examining you. ...Read more

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Hip injuries from falling down on indoor-outdoor carpet?

Hip injuries from falling down on indoor-outdoor carpet?

Several: You could have a bruise or contusion, a fracture, or bursitis to name a few. ...Read more

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Will soccer players ever wear helmets?

Will soccer players ever wear helmets?

Concussions Tragic: As a player& doctor i think the legacy of soccer concussions are potentially destructive over a lifetime for players just as we have seen in the nfl. Girls playing through college may be at higher risk. Current gear does not have strong proof of protection. Let's worry more about the players' brains & lives then if we can properly see them on the pitch. Better soft head wear may be out there yet. ...Read more

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Ok to mow grass on riding lawn mower while pregnant?

Ok to mow grass on riding lawn mower while pregnant?

Mowing in pregnancy: Activity during pregnancy should be determined on an individual basis with a woman and her doctor. ...Read more

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With unknown shoulder injury, can I still do cardio pilates/yoga/aerobic walking and roller derby? Esp roller derby

With unknown shoulder injury, can I still do cardio pilates/yoga/aerobic walking and roller derby? Esp roller derby

Limit activities: Without knowing what your shoulder injury is, it is probably safe to say of all activities listed aerobic walking should be fine until diagnosis is made. Roller derby is an intense contact sport and could definitely aggravate your shoulder if it is injured. See your doctor if you have shoulder pain, difficulty with range of motion for further work up, possible xray for a clearer diagnosis. ...Read more

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When can I play golf, ride a bike, or go hiking after spine surgery?

When can I play golf, ride a bike, or go hiking after spine surgery?

Wait long for golf: There is a huge range of types of spine surgeries. Minimally invasive disc or decompression patients, shouldn't engage in lifting of greater than 30 pounds for six weeks and to refrain from painful activities. Recovery from open fusions can take much longer. Hiking or bike- riding can usually be started relatively early in the process-2 or three weeks out. Golf needs to wait 6 months. ...Read more

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Can i go alpine skiing with a light Achilles tendonitis?

Can i go alpine skiing with a light Achilles tendonitis?

Yes, but...: you will likely make it worse. You need to rest tendinitis, take anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen (if you can). Wouldn't be a bad idea to see your doctor about this... ...Read more

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When can I ride roller coasters and other theme park rides again after a cranioplasty surgery?

When can I ride roller coasters and other theme park rides again after a cranioplasty surgery?

6 months - 1 year: Once your are completely healed, there should not be any restrictions on your activities. It will take up to a year for the bone flap to be completely healed. ...Read more

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Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Maybe: Other potential causes are dust mites and mold. Allergy testing may be helpful. ...Read more

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Pain in abs after playing volleyball?

Pain in abs after playing volleyball?

Exercise related: What you are experiencing is known as exercise related transient abdominal pain. It is a well localized pain that may occur in any region of the abdomen, but is most common in the lateral aspects of the mid abdomen. When severe it is mostly described as a sharp or stabbing pain, and in form of cramping, aching, or pulling when less intense. ...Read more

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How to prevent shoulder injuries when ocean kayaking?

How to prevent shoulder injuries when ocean kayaking?

Conditioning: Before kayaking, shoulder and upper extremity strengthening would be helpful. Stretching and limbering up the shoulders and arms before you start is good. If you need to roll the kayak, do not let your arms go behind your head, keep hands and arms in front to prevent dislocations. ...Read more

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Shin pain seriously hurts running in basketball games?

Shin pain seriously hurts running in basketball games?

Shin splints: This is traumatic compressive damage to the muscle running along the shin bone. The muscle is in a compartment and if it swells from the repeated banging of certain exercises, you will get pain that can be severe. You can use ice to help, pre treat with Ibuprofen in the future, and get some advice from an exercise therapist about how to minimize this in the future. ...Read more

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was shoveling snow that was very heavy, twisting the shovel to throw the snow away, heard crunching & popping. left elbow weak, pain. ER?

 was shoveling snow that was very heavy, twisting the shovel to throw the snow away, heard crunching & popping. left elbow weak, pain. ER?

Elbow pain: Try rest, heating pad, elevating the extremity and ibuprofen for pain and swelling and if no improvement in symptoms you may need further imaging study and workup. ...Read more

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I got exertional compartment syndrome after doing indoor spinning class after training outdoors for a month in 87 humidity 92 deg heat?

I got exertional compartment syndrome after doing indoor spinning class after training outdoors for a month in 87 humidity 92 deg heat?

Possible seek consul: Compartment syndrome can be diagnosed b y measuring the pressure in the compartment during an episode. Exercise can be done to induce symptoms while pressure is obtained to confirm diagnosis. A fasciotomy of the appropriate compartment should relieve the symptoms. ...Read more

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How come riding roller coasters aggravate heart conditions?

How come riding roller coasters aggravate heart conditions?

Not all heart: It doesn't aggravate all heart conditions. Just some. Depends on what's wrong. ...Read more

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Can I ride roller coasters 6 weeks after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

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Can I  ride roller coasters 6 weeks after a complete ACL reconstruction surgery?

Yes: The acl reconstruction should not keep you from riding roller coasters. 6 weeks after surgery you may still have some trouble walking normally, so remember to pace yourself and try not to limp around the park. The resonstruction itself should hold up to rides, however. ...Read more

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Sunburn on foot, 8 mile hike- can't even walk on my foot, extreme pain -- normal??

Sunburn on foot, 8 mile hike- can't even walk on my foot,  extreme pain -- normal??

Stay off it.: So either the sunburn is causing the pain, which is possible, I guess. The other possibility, among others, is that the 8 mile hike has caused a stress fracture (s) and walking is causing further damage. You need to have the foot examined to get a real sense of the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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Grade 2 hamstring tear 2 days ago, heard pop, no bruise. Mobility low, but improving. Steep ski slope 3-mile mud run coming in 7 weeks. Advisable?

Grade 2 hamstring tear 2 days ago, heard pop, no bruise. Mobility low, but improving. Steep ski slope 3-mile mud run coming in 7 weeks. Advisable?

Cutting it close: A true grade 2 tear of a hamstring involves actual separation of muscle tissue and bleeding and subsequent inflammatory response locally. This can often be a 6 to 8 week injury to heal. This precludes the training required for the event and coming back too soon can lead to recurrent and actually a worse injury. A good course of physical therapy with a pt that understands the injury is beneficial. ...Read more