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What is the latest technology for a brace for a leg weekend by polio?

What is the latest technology for a brace for a leg weekend by polio?

Amazing devices: Here is where you may have to do some research, and perhaps even travel. There are now electronically triggered braces that respond to minimal muscle twitches in long damaged muscles to support contractions. These are being used at sw medical center in dallas and also at ucla in los angeles. Contact your local neurologist and get a referral. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Ehman
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Poliomyelitis (Definition)

Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more


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I have been bothered chronically with increasingly painful leg aches since I had a mild case of polio at 14. Can polio cause residual problems later?

I have been bothered chronically with increasingly painful leg aches since I had a mild case of polio at 14. Can polio cause residual problems later?

Post-polio syndrome: Some pts who have suffered prior polio may experience additional symptoms as they age. In most cases, this does not represent recurrent viral issues, but rather a superimposed problem such as arthritis, or pinched nerves in face of prior damage, which makes all a bit worse. A neurologist may be helpful, as you need to sort out co-morbidities. ...Read more

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Polio is known to affect the legs and cripple a person. Could having polio twice cripple both legs and make them equal?

Unlikely ever: This is more a theoretical question. The basic response is the first infection would provide an immunity that would stop the second infection from happening. There is more than one strain, and the majority who had it did not develop paralysis, so chance infection by another strain, in an era of vaccine use (3 strains), it is unlikely. ...Read more

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Polio is known to affect the legs and cripple a person. So can having polio twice cripple both legs and make them equal?

Polio is known to affect the legs and cripple a person. So can having polio twice cripple both legs and make them equal?

Unlikely ever: This is more a theoretical question. The basic response is the first infection would provide an immunity that would stop the second infection from happening. There is more than one strain, and the majority who had it did not develop paralysis, so chance infection by another strain, in an era of vaccine use (3 strains), it is unlikely. ...Read more

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I got polio from right leg up to my right arm can I still fix my stiff ankle?

I got polio from right leg up to my right arm can I still fix my stiff ankle?

Yes: See an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle problems, as there are lots of potential solutions. Hope this is successful. ...Read more

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How to avoid/delay post-polio syndrome in a 44 yr old w/polio of right leg (shorter than left by 0.25inch) no crutches, wheel chair. Quad strengt 3/5.

How to avoid/delay post-polio syndrome in a 44 yr old w/polio of right leg (shorter than left by 0.25inch) no crutches, wheel chair. Quad strengt 3/5.

Do not worry: Post-polio syndrome has received far too much publicity, as the true syndrome is really quite rare, and most so-called cases wind up being arthritis, muscular problems of an alternative nature, or merely aging in presence of a prior problem which makes the process a bit tougher. Instead, focus on a healthy lifestyle, get exercise, and focus on positive aspects of life. ...Read more

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My son had hisdtap polio 9 days ago and is just now having bad leg cramps and can hardly walk up stairs, and is walking very funny. Could it be gettin?

My son had hisdtap polio 9 days ago and is just now having bad leg cramps and can hardly walk up stairs, and is walking very funny. Could it be gettin?

You need to see dr: This is not a "normal" reaction. You need to see doctor right away. Though very rare, guillain barre syndrome is a possibility with the description you are giving. ...Read more

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HELLO DR. D IN REFRENCE TO A RELATIVE HAVING BEEN BORN WITH POLIO IN THE LEGS AND GOUT WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE COULD HELP THE MUSCLES IF ANY MS D?

HELLO DR. D IN REFRENCE TO A RELATIVE HAVING BEEN BORN WITH POLIO IN THE LEGS AND GOUT WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE COULD HELP THE MUSCLES IF ANY MS D?

Wrong site: This public site is not a chat room. Any submission you post is randomly sent to a pool and viewed by site visitors. Your questions are not linked and we cannot know what you posted in the past, or see anything you upload. If you join the sister site Healthtap Prime, some of these features are available. For the public site, each question should contain all info needed for an answer. This does not ...Read more

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I am polio afflicted. 43 yr old female rt leg is affected, recent MRI scan show atrophy of paravertebral muscles, is it normal in polio pt?

Post polio syndrome: Atrophy, pain and weakness affecting muscles can occur after a course of polio. The problem is other things can cause these symptoms too, and it is difficult to distinguish them.

Sometimes in polio muscles are reorganized without a change in strength. ...Read more

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IS THERE ANY ADDITION PROSTHETIC LEG SUPPORT for polio affected leg without cutting the leg? Femur lenghtening & foot drop has been operated.

IS THERE ANY ADDITION PROSTHETIC LEG SUPPORT for polio affected leg without cutting the leg? Femur lenghtening & foot drop has been operated.

Orthotics...: The use of braces and splints (orthoses) to support and stabilize parts of one's body affected by paralyzed or weakened muscles can play a vital role in improving your function. See a physiatrist or orthotist for assessment and treatment. ...Read more

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My 70 yr old father who has a heart attack 2 yrs ago just had knee surgery hours earlier. Should he be on a blood thinner? Also is recovery worse??

My 70 yr old father who has a heart attack 2 yrs ago just had knee surgery hours earlier. Should he be on a blood thinner? Also is recovery worse??

Maybe: There are several variables to consider and probably the physician in charge has already made the decision. Feel free to ask. We cannot give the right answer here, and it may be a judgement call. ...Read more

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How effective is leg bypass surgery?

How effective is leg bypass surgery?

Depends: Leg bypasses are typically done when someone has pain or a non-healing wound from poor circulation. If the bypass is open then it will be effective at healing wounds and improving pain. How long bypasses work is another loaded question and depends in many factors. Some include, smoking status, is vein used as a conduit or synthetic material, is the bypass to an above or belw knee artery. ...Read more

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How could I fix bowed legs without surgery?

How could I fix bowed legs without surgery?

You can't: Exercise may reduce symptoms such as pain, but only surgery can correct bow leggedness in adults. ...Read more

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Why does your foot and leg swell afther surgery?

Why does your foot and leg swell afther surgery?

Swelling: You don't mention what surgery, but I will infer hip or knee based on the question including reference to the leg. Edema is normal after surgery and will travel distally toward the foot with gravity and following fascial planes. However, some help with edema is appropriate such as compression dressings or stockings. Seek the advice of your surgeon for more specifics. Good luck! ...Read more

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What happens during surgery for a fractured leg?

What happens during surgery for a fractured leg?

Fractured leg: The treatment for a fracture leg depends on the location of the fracture and the displacement of the fractured fragments. A simple nondisplaced fracture can be treated in a cast and more complicated fracture may require a rod insertion or plates and screws. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

BOW LEGS: Non-operative: 'orthotic' management considered in infantile form: less than 3 yr with mild deformity. Knee-ankle-foot orthosis to be worn 22-23 hrs/d for 1 yr.
Surgical: age 4 yr or more, failure of orthotic management with more severe deformities.
Your child's orthopedic doc will explain in detail after complete evaluation of degree of defrmity. ...Read more

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Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

Depends on situation: Bow legs are often seen as a transitional finding when kids first start to walk, followed by a knock kneed phase between 3 & 5 and a straightening by 6-7.This occurs as the child's hips & legs begin to shift their growth to carry a growing upper body. If over 8-10, there is not much that can be done. ...Read more

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Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Depends on age: For children with severe genu varum (bow legged) that require surgery that might happen if the growth plate is involved. For adults it is unlikely to make you shorter. ...Read more

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I have bow legs. How can I correct them without surgery?

You can't: I'm sorry, but I don't believe bow legs can be corrected in an adult without surgery. Physical therapy may help to some degree, but modalities like leg braces are not as effective in adults as they are in children. You should talk to an orthopedic surgeon and/or a physiatrist (PM&R doctor). ...Read more

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Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

No: There are several scenarios for bow-legs, genu valrum or genu varus, which is a deformity marked by an outward bowing of the legs. Minor angulation can be corrected by braces, particularly in children. However in some, osteotomy surgery may be required - the bones are exposed surgically and divided with a special saw. The cut ends are realigned in the correct position and held with screws. ...Read more

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Are standing leg extensions okay to get after ACL surgery?

Are standing leg extensions okay to get after ACL surgery?

Depends...: Check your surgeons post-op protocol and/or check with your physical therapist. Together they will be able to answer specific questions about your exercises and recovery. ...Read more

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How long after you have surgery on your leg can you have sex?

How long after you have surgery on your leg can you have sex?

Depends: Totally depends on the type of surgery you had. It would best to ask your surgeon about any activity restrictions. There is always oral sex... ...Read more

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I have lymphedema in my lower right leg. Is surgery an option?

I have lymphedema in my lower right leg. Is surgery an option?

Lymphedema: There's no cure for lymphedema. Treatment focuses on reducing the swelling and controlling the pain. Lymphedema treatments include: exercise, wrapping your leg, massage, pneumatic compression and compression garments. ...Read more

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How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

It should on it's. .: This should do it on own if you! Re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain. Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one. ...Read more

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How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

It depends.: This depends how long after the surgery this is being done, and how well you've healed. Usually after knee surgery the knee is flexed and extended to get back range of motion. Then if ambulation is attempted, it is first done with crutches, so weight is gradually introduced. So it would be best to put little weight on it to start, then more until no crutches are needed, then try slowly to walk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bow-legged (bow leg) correction surgery?

Bow legs: Surgery is now very uncommon for these conditions as are braces and other devices used years ago. Leg bowing can come from the tibia (tibial torsion) or from the femur (femoral anteversion). Most of the time these correct themselves with time. Sitting in a "W" position will make it last longer. If tripping and falling are frequent events see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you perform correction surgery for bow legs?

I don't: But there is a procedure and it would be done by an orthopedist. You might want to find one that specializes in this field... ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infantile Paralysis (Definition)

Infantile paralysis, also called polio, is an infection with the poliovirus causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Polio is rare now with vaccination, and paralysis is also an uncommon symptom, affecting only a ...Read more