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What is the muscle shocker used for in physical therapy?

What is the muscle shocker used for in physical therapy?

See below: The use of electricity in physical therapy has been around for a long time. Muscle stimulation can be used to rehab weak muscles, treat muscle spasm and encourage healing of muscle injuries. The useof skin electrical stimulation (tens) has also been usedfor years as a treatment for various pain conditions. In patients withparalysis, electrical stimulation is used to keep muscles in good shape. ...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


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How can I remove putty, the kind used to strengthen muscles in physical therapy?

How can I remove putty, the kind used to strengthen muscles in physical therapy?

Soap and water...: I do not know what 'putty' you are referring to; but plain old fashion soap and water should remove it. ...Read more

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Why do I have awful muscle spasms after physical therapy?

Why do I have awful muscle spasms after physical therapy?

Depends: It depends on why you are having pt. You may have a neurologic conditon that is causing some of your problems. You may have an electrolyte issues such as abnormal calcium, magnesium or potassium. You may just have poor conditioning and the work load you are doing is stimulating sick muscles and in turn, they cramp. Work with your doctor and therapist. ...Read more

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What physical therapy should I do for a torn chest muscle?

What physical therapy should I do for a torn chest muscle?

Physical therapy: Ice, rest are the first measures to take in case of a pulled (torn) chest muscle. Taking an antiinflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen/naproxen may be helpful to alleviated pain/discomfort. Physical therapy should be delayed until it is tolerable. The physical therapist will decide on the techniques to be used. It could be heat/cold applications, ultrasound stimulation, tens unit etc. ...Read more

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What's the best physical therapy for an upper quad muscle injury?

What's the best physical therapy for an upper quad muscle injury?

Quad injury: Initially for any injury you want to ice, rest and elevate for the first 24-48 hours. Add in nsaids like ibuprofen. Once pain has diminished, start gentle stretching of the quads - after injury we tend to get tight b/c of disuse. After a week, you can add in isometric exercises: wall sits are great. Gradually increase strength exercises w/ weights and squats to prevent reinjury. Good luck! ...Read more

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My dad had an accident 3 weeks ago. He got a muscle knot on his neck which pains alot. No amount of pain relievers or physical therapy has helped. Help?

My dad had an accident 3 weeks ago. He got a muscle knot on his neck which pains alot. No amount of pain relievers or physical therapy has helped. Help?

Get checked out: See a physician if you have not already. He should get it checked out with an x-ray or ct. Things should be better in three weeks. ...Read more

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How does physical therapy help prevent muscle wasting?

How does physical therapy help prevent muscle wasting?

Use it or lose it -: - applies very strongly to muscle. Pt forces the use of muscle and prevents atrophy. ...Read more

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MS not active. Doing physical therapy 5x a week. Still muscles tight. Muscle relaxers I've taken not working. What or where or who should I see? Test neg

MS not active. Doing physical therapy 5x a week. Still muscles tight. Muscle relaxers I've taken not working. What or where or who should I see? Test neg

Neurology: Even if the MS is not active you may have residual musculoskeletal changes that can effect your status. You can ask your physician, see a neurologist and even a rheumatologist as there are a lot of things that need to be considered in your evaluation. ...Read more

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So I'm going to therapy for my knee my physical therapy said I have no knee muscle mass what causes this to happen & what can I do to fix this?

So I'm going to therapy for my knee my physical therapy said I have no knee muscle mass what causes this to happen & what can I do to fix this?

Need to know more: Need to know why you went to therapy? Is there known nerve/spine/brain injury? Is the reduced knee muscle mass just on one side or on both sides?

If no nerve damage, the most common reason for reduced muscle mass is disuse. Have you had pain for a long time and not used your leg muscles?
Main thing is resistance and coordination exercise, along with proper diet, and a positive attitude.
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I have painful back spasms. Physical therapy has eased but not stopped the pain. I've had this condition since last dec. X-ray and ultra sound have dismissed internal problems. The pain is in the back muscles on the left side only. Leaning forward seem

I have painful back spasms. Physical therapy has eased but not stopped the pain. I've had this condition since last dec. X-ray and ultra sound have dismissed internal problems. The pain is in the back muscles on the left side only. Leaning forward seem

Muscle: Muscle spasms can sometimes be helped by muscle relaxant (like soma), trigger point injections (steroid medicine is injected into the muscles), facet joint injections (steroid injections in the facet joints in the rear of the spine), endoscopic rhizotomy (cutting nerves that cause pain and muscle spasms in the back) and epidural injections. I would recommend consultation with an interventional pain doctor. Please see my health guides on facet arthropathy and endoscopic rhizotomy. Good luck! ...Read more

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I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm. How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm. How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

Usually weeks: Depending on how bad the injury, it can take weeks, or even longer. Especially as we get older, our risk for muscle injuries and the time it takes to recover both increase. Physical therapy is definitely helpful, as is resting and avoiding activities that make it hurt more. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

See Spine Specialist: Your mom needs to see a spine specialist to evaluate for other options. Typically if physical therapy and medications are not helping she may need evaluation for injection therapies or possibly even surgery. Pain medications are helpful for a short term fix however she will need further evaluation to really get better. ...Read more

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How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Yes: Physical therapist are experts in helping patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries, strains, sprains, and surgery. Back pain, and specifically a thoracic muscle strain, is a classic and common injury for which physical therapy may be beneficial. ...Read more

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How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

Hard to say: Although hard to quantify, physical therapy can be very helpful for many muscle strains. I strongly recommend it. ...Read more

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What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Make a correct diagn: It is important to try to make an accurate diagnosis of possible. I have seen some patients diagnosed with strains when in fact the cause was something else. If it is indeed a muscle strain, then yes, physical therapy can be helpful. Most muscle strains if not too severe will heal even without treatment because muscles have a good blood supply. If it is not getting better see doctor. ...Read more

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Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can I strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Yes: There are a few ways to strengthen your core and take some strain off of your low back joints and disks somewhat - usually the PT can help design core strengthening exercises for you to work on nand progress with over about 8 weeks - however, it is possible that PT in general can aggravate whatever the pain generator in the back is as well ...Read more

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Posture has really screwed up my rib cage and I can't breathe properly. I'm having reflux issues and muscle problems. Physical therapy isn't working.

Posture has really screwed up my rib cage and I can't breathe properly. I'm having reflux issues and muscle problems. Physical therapy isn't working.

Multi-modal approach: It sounds like you have more than one issue and thus your treatment ought to include more than just pt. You may want to see a physiatrist who can assess both your posture, spine, biomechanics, and function. Additionally, it appears that you have pulmonary issues for which your pmd or pulmonologist can optimize treatment. Pt is helpful but not as an isolated treatment for your conditions. ...Read more

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I have severe chronic muscle pain w/ trig points that have exponentially multiplied over the past week. Neg MRI and emg. Physical therapy has been of very limited help. What to do next? Dr appt in a few days. What are good questions I should ask?

I have severe chronic muscle pain w/ trig points that have exponentially multiplied over the past week. Neg MRI and emg. Physical therapy has been of very limited help. What to do next? Dr appt in a few days. What are good questions I should ask?

Refer to answer: We have a big problem with our food. Please do not eat any cereals, wheat, corn, white rice juices, and sodas. Stay away from chicken, turkey. In a week. Most start feeling better. If not better, have your dr do CBC diff, ana<, crp, ccp, tsh, and hba1c. If any questions your dr know how to find me. ...Read more

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Can I wear a neck brace for 3 weeks for chronic neck muscle pain that hasn't responded to physical therapy or meds?

Yes you can: Yes you can if it is making you more comfortable.

you need to apply heat, and take muscle relaxant. and pain medication like naproxen or ibuprofen.

not better get MRI to make sure that there is no internal damages ...Read more

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Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Ligament weakness: The pt is making unstable ligaments more unstable and more painful.

Prolotherapy can rebuild the ligaments and stop the pain permanently.

Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find out about and find a doctor to do prolotherapy on you. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee at work, after seeing an orthopedic he put me in a brace and physical therapy in a few weeks... is it possible that my hip, calf muscle, and akle hurt now due to my knee injury?

I hurt my knee at work, after seeing an orthopedic he put me in a brace and physical therapy in a few weeks... is it possible that my hip, calf muscle, and akle hurt now due to my knee injury?

Knee Injury: Absolutely! The lower extremity acts as a unit. A movement group called a kinetic chain. Muscles and tendons go from buttock and hip to knee. Muscles and tendons around knee influence the ankle. Without knowing the full extent of the injury can only remark that it is not unusual to hurt above and below the main area of injury. ...Read more

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I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.

I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.

Spinal Stenosis: Ddd/djd/muscle spasm/bulging discs/bone spurs/stenosis are non-specific diagnoses & may or may not cause pain. More effective treatment plan may be mapped out if the specific pain generators can be identified. In advanced cases w/ stenosis, pt may not be effective & meds can create a viscous cycle. Concurrent consultation and collaboration with a spine surgeon & pain management is advised. ...Read more

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Should I try physio-therapy to strengthen adductor muscles?

If the adductor: Weakness is causing problems, say gait issues, then yes. You should make sure there is nothing else going on as well and should have a physical examination. Otherwise a regular workout routine should be okay to strengthen adductors. Do you know why they are weak? That's an important question to ask. ...Read more

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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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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