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Doctor insights on: Stomach Muscle Exercises Symptoms Spondylolisthesis

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Does stomach muscle tightening exercises help in reducing symptoms of mild L5 spondylolisthesis?

Does stomach muscle tightening exercises help in reducing symptoms of mild L5 spondylolisthesis?

Yes: No treatment works 100% of the time, but strengthening the back and tummy (abdominal) muscles is helpful for many people with back problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone(spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord ...Read more


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What are some abdominal muscle flattening exercises?

What are some abdominal muscle flattening exercises?

Lose weight.: For flatter abdomen eat healthy & get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. running, swimming, Nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.) ...Read more

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Any doctors advice on symptoms spine pain, muscle spasms in ribs, dizziness, breathing probs, muscle weakness, tremors arms/head/legs not constant?

Any doctors advice on symptoms spine pain, muscle spasms in ribs, dizziness, breathing probs, muscle weakness, tremors arms/head/legs not constant?

What's under hood?: Sounds like your car engine could use a tune up! I'd recommend seeing a primary care physician who can start the process by finding out when each problem began to discover its root cause (if possible). Labs & other studies will likely be needed. Only then, can good advice be given on lifestyle changes or medications that will get you singin' and dancin again! Good luck. ...Read more

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DDD Spondy l5-S1 severe stenosis herniated discs + abdominal injury any advice on how to correct posture & improve Severe hunching?

DDD Spondy l5-S1 severe stenosis herniated discs + abdominal injury any advice on how to correct posture & improve Severe hunching?

How about PT: Well, I know you're in pain with all that you've said..you haven't specified the nature of the abdominal injury so I don't know whether or not you are bedbound right now or able to get up and move about? Is there a plan to surgerize the back with everything there? I wouldn't necessarily unless it's your only option. But as far as posture goes, PT is usually pretty good with helping with that. ...Read more

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Symptoms c7/T1 MRI mild posterior disc bulge / mild scollosis can you have cervical Ridiculophy? Would it be both arms & muscle spasm upper spine

Symptoms c7/T1 MRI  mild posterior disc bulge / mild scollosis  can you have  cervical Ridiculophy?  Would it be both arms & muscle spasm upper  spine

Possible: based on the MRI your disk does not seem too significant. However if this happened acutely it is certainly possible that you can get upper extremity radiculitis or radiculopathy as well as back muscle spasm. ...Read more

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Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. ...Read more

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Dx with pelvic floor dysfunction (muscles in spasm) are physio exercises concentrating on the core/abdo muscles going to make PFD worse?

Dx with pelvic floor dysfunction (muscles in spasm) are physio  exercises concentrating on the core/abdo muscles going to make PFD worse?

NO: strenghten pelvic floor and PC muscles with Kegal maneuvers, pelvic thrusts and abdominal bridging and planking exercises. PT will work. Strenghtening gluteal and pelvic floor muscles. Ask you GYN about the use of pelvic/vaginal weights. ...Read more

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Fibro & adductor muscles pain. Degenerative arthritis spine.No cushion left l5. I do simple yoga; stretching, all I can manage. What could pain doc do?

Fibro & adductor muscles pain. Degenerative arthritis spine.No cushion left l5. I do simple yoga; stretching, all I can manage. What could pain doc do?

A fair amount: Please don't expect a huge change;however start with a really bright specialist in pain medicine. Involving a reconstructive orthopedist, physical therapist. Maybe, neurologist wi jj also be helpful, this is complicated;however one step at a time. ...Read more

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Please suggest some upper back strengthening excercises in order to relieve pain occuring intermittently; have mild dextroscoliosis of thoracic spine.?

Consult PT first: A consultation with a physical therapist is the best way to learn exercises. After evaluation, the pt and you plan a program. Besides handouts, the pt will watch you perform exercises to be sure you do them correctly. "treat your own back" by robin mackenzie is a very good resource, however, go to a certified mackenzie physical therapist and clinic before starting to be safe. ...Read more

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What are remedies on paraspinal muscle spasms?

What are remedies on paraspinal muscle spasms?

Treatment of spasm: Treatment of paravertebral muscle spasm includes pharmacological (muscle relaxants) and non-pharmacological such as heating pad, massage, physical therapy and stretching. ...Read more

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How long can stiff neck and upper back chest pain last from Myofacial pain? Normal EMG/Mild Scoliosis. Mild disc bulge c5. Can arthritis cause pain

How long can stiff neck and upper back  chest pain last from Myofacial pain? Normal EMG/Mild Scoliosis.  Mild disc bulge c5. Can arthritis cause pain

A long time can occu: techniques to help myofascial pain includes rest, and exercise. Local massage may also be helpful. This is a long-term program it will come and go and the better you can stay in condition the better your myofascial pain will do. ...Read more

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Do the symptoms of piriformis syndrome and/or sciatica include thigh stiffness?

Do the symptoms of piriformis syndrome and/or sciatica include thigh stiffness?

Pyriformis/sciatic: Yes thigh stiffness in the back of the thigh can certainly be present in the conditions above. Pain should also be present to some extent. ...Read more

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Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms? SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms?  SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

NO: This is a congenital abnormality not related to puborectalis spasm. See neurologist for the latter. You'll be wasting time and money on plastic surgery ...Read more

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Do the symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle cramps & spasms and/or shooting pain from nerves?

Do the symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle cramps & spasms and/or shooting pain from nerves?

Could be: Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose because there is no good test for it, and it can appear differently in different people. Muscle cramps, spasms, and shooting pains are possible but can also come from other things. ...Read more

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What are these symptoms a sign of? Stomach pain, anxious feeling, muscle tention, shaking hands, muscle twitching, shallow breathing , muscle ache?

What are these symptoms a sign of? Stomach pain, anxious feeling, muscle tention, shaking hands, muscle twitching, shallow breathing , muscle ache?

Anxiety Disorder: I understand your discomfort' the stresses at age 18 of relationships, school, finances, peer pressure, and unresolved feelings with parents, siblings and friends can cause anxiety. Use of alcohol and drugs can make anxiety worse. Please see a therapist for understanding these symptoms, to deal with stresses, and treatment including therapy, relaxation, meditation, exercise, and medication. ...Read more

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Could an injured/strained rectus abdominal include symptoms related to upset stomach, stomach pressure & hernia?

Could an injured/strained rectus abdominal include symptoms related to upset stomach, stomach pressure & hernia?

Depends: On the severity of the injury.If complete rupture or tear of the muscle there may be bleeding & abdominal hernia & stomach pressure.If your symptoms are this severe please see a doctor soon. Minor strain would not cause any of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack?Chest pain& fatigue

Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack?Chest pain& fatigue

Not usually. See MD: A cervical disc on the left can cause pain in to left shoulder/scapula and in to the arm. The pain can give a patient fatigue if sleep is impaired. The heart should definitely be evaluated as soon as possible, though, as that could be potentially be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Can disc bulge at l5-s1 cause atrophy of calf muscle?

Can disc bulge at l5-s1 cause atrophy of calf muscle?

Yes: In a young person like yourself, you might want to get a neurosurgery consult. Atrophy of muscle due to a disc bulge is an indication for surgery. Pain from a disc can be treated with medication and physical therapy in many cases; muscle atrophy or loss of function cannot. ...Read more

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Which exercises could reduce shoulder pain during bench pressing?

Shoulder pain: While weightlifting could be from the acromioclavicular joint, the rotator cuff, the glenohumeral joint or a combination of all three. First proper mechanics are needed. Second one must make certain that there not any underlying issues. Finally often reducing the weight helps. And spending some time strengthening the smaller muscles of the shoulder girdle such as building up rotators and the biceps and triceps and the trapezius. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more