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What are some physical therapy exercises I can do for my sprained hand?

What are some physical therapy exercises I can do for my sprained hand?

Hand exercises: Some basic hand exercises include squeezing an old tennis ball or racquet ball; and opening the hand with a rubber band (or similar item) around the tips of the fingers (opposite motion of squeezing.) another way to perform these exercises is to put your hands inside a sandbox, then opening and closing the hands and fingers inside the sand. See your doctor or hand therapist for specific exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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I had a shoulder arthroscopy and i didn't complete physical therapy. Are there exercises i can do to make it better?

I had a shoulder arthroscopy and i didn't complete physical therapy. Are there exercises i can do to make it better?

Yes: When surgery was done and what procedures were performed would determine the type of exercises to do. Typically 4-6 weeks i immobilization with simple passive exercises followed by progression to active assisted, and the active motion. After 10-12 weeks strengthening can commence. This is based on rotator cuff repair. ...Read more

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What are some good shoulder rehab exercises I can do?

What are some good shoulder rehab exercises I can do?

Cannot tell you: It is not a good idea to get medical advice like this over the internet. Everyone's body is different. Everyone's shoulder issues are differenct and exercises that are good for one person may not be good or may even be harmful for another. My advice is to see a rehab doc (physiatrist), orthopedist or sports med specialist and they will be able to steer you in the right direction. ...Read more

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What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

Stretch and Strength: Stretching is always the first step. Hamstring, iliotibial band and gastrocs are all excellent to stretch initially. After that, the quadriceps is the ideal muscle to strengthen to stabilize the knee joint. ...Read more

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What are the exercises i can do for my sprain ankle?

What are the exercises i can do for my sprain ankle?

Stretch easily: If your ankle is steadily improving, you may begin stretching exercises, but passive range of motion (no weight or force of gravity or muscle) the best stretches for leg and ankle-using stretching bands or towel, sitting with leg extended and place the band under the foot like a stirrup, and gently pull your foot to the inside and the to the outside. There should be minimal pain. ...Read more

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Are there any stretching exercises I can do to help my ankle arthritis?

Are there any stretching exercises I can do to help my ankle arthritis?

Yes: Arthritis in any joint should be exercised primarily through stretching or "range of motion" exercises. For the ankle, i encourage patients to improve their range of motion by dorsi-flexing (toes towards you) and plantar-flexing (toes pointing away from you.) additionally, making clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with your toes also helps. Remember, "motion is lotion." always keep moving! ...Read more

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What knee exercises can I do for physical therapy during recovery?

What knee exercises can I do for physical therapy during recovery?

Focus on quadriceps: Straight leg raises and quadriceps contractions are usually allowed and warranted to eventually allow for crutch free ambulation. Of course your specific injury and/or surgical intervention will ultimately dictate what you should do during your recovery. Your treating physician should be the best source of information for your specific knee injury. ...Read more

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What type of exercises will they have me do in physical therapy for a strained hip flexor?

What type of exercises will they have me do in physical therapy for a strained hip flexor?

Lunges: The strained hip flexor muscle will tend to tighten. It is important to gently stretch a sore muscle. Start with warm-up of marching in place. Then, the hip flexor can be stretched by doing a lunge. With the strained leg behind the body while partially quatting onto the opposite forward leg you should feel the stretch in the groin. Hold for 15-30 sec and do twice. Include some brisk walking. ...Read more

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What are some exercises that I can do to improve hand strength?

What are some exercises that I can do to improve hand strength?

Make a fist or 2 :): Keep it simple at first. Most people have a spongy ball lying around. If not, they might have a tennis ball or one of similar size for a child or grandchild. Simply place in hand and squeeae it while walking, talking, watching tv. Of course, if there has been some injury to that hand, it is best to see a physical therapist or other expert about specific do's and don'ts. And stop if there is pain. ...Read more

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What can I expect at physical therapy for tendonitis in my foot?

What can I expect at physical therapy for tendonitis in my foot?

Exercise: Stretching exercises with or without added heat or ultrasound therapy is the usual, along with occasionally taping before exercise or special insoles for your shoes. ...Read more

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What are some treatments I can apply to a basketball index-finger injury? Do the pain-relief creams help?

What are some treatments I can apply to a basketball index-finger injury? Do the pain-relief creams help?

Exercise: First.See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. Stretching exercises often help injuries that are not fractures. ...Read more

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What are some foot care techniques i can do?

What are some foot care techniques i can do?

Foot care: You should dry well between the toes after taking a shower or bath. Cut nails straight across (do not dig into the corners) to prevent ingrown toenails. Change socks regularly. Wear comfortable shoe with adequate room for the toes. ...Read more

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What will they do in physical therapy for trapezius pain?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the trapezius pain. If the pain is being caused by poor posture, the therapist will work on that. If it is a muscle strain, often, heat, stretching, some times electrical stimuiation and strengthening will help. If the pain is from a deeper tissue in the neck with referred pain (quite common), they will work to mobilize the neck with stretching, gentle manipulation etc. ...Read more

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What are some hand and wrist exercises to do?

What are some hand and wrist exercises to do?

Variable: Chinese ball swirl, grip into silly putty, sponge sqeezes, various resistance grip strengtheners, twirling ball ...See a hand therapist for all the gadgets and programs. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some good exercises for hand muscles?

I was wondering what are some good exercises for hand muscles?

Ball squeezes.: Ball squeezing, against the resistance of the ball, finger extensions against rubber band resistance, wrist curls and wrist extensions against resistance. Always remember to stretch after strengthening these muscle groups. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more


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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more