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What physical therapy is common for a stiff joint?

What physical therapy is common for a stiff joint?

Movement: When addressing a stiff joint therapists will work on stretching and strengthening exercises. Most important before starting any therapy is to find out why the joint is stiff. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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What physical therapy is appropriate for dislocated sc joint?

What physical therapy is appropriate for dislocated sc joint?

Guided Therapy: Depending upon whether this was an anterior or posterior dislocation of the sternoclavicular joint you may or may not need surgery. If non-surgical, brief immobilization and then guided therapy with a physical therapist to increase range of motion and limit pain. If surgical, you may similarlly need immobilization and rehab but of a slightly longer duration. Most heal nicely without surgery. ...Read more

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I had a partial tear to rotator cuff. Opted for physical therapy rather than surgery. After several weeks of therapy still some stiffness. Will the stiffness ever go away?

I had a partial tear to rotator cuff.  Opted for physical therapy rather than surgery. After several weeks of therapy  still some stiffness. Will the stiffness ever go away?

Yes: Partial rotator cuff tears are often treatable with therapy, but may take 6-12 weeks to improve. Oral and/or injectable steroids are helpful and may speed recovery. If non-operative treatment fails, arthroscopic surgery works quite well. The inflamed bursa and partial rotator cuff tear will be debrided. Bone spurs are also removed. The typical recovery is 3-4 months. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a complete tear & dislocated glenhumoral joint, been in physical therapy for 10 months and still have terrible pain, is this abnormal?

What do you advise if i had a complete tear & dislocated glenhumoral joint, been in physical therapy for 10 months and still have terrible pain, is this abnormal?

NSAIDs: Maybe helpful. Also consider supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin. Exercise muscles around the joint you are worried about to limit wear and tear. Lastly if not improving consider how platelet therapy or stem cells can be helpful for you. Check out Regenexx.Com ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help with sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

Can physical therapy help with sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

Yes: The pt will use various heat modalities and start a program of "pelvic stabilization exercizes". ...Read more

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If I have a joint replacement, how long does physical therapy usually last?

If I have a joint replacement, how long does physical therapy usually last?

Not too long: Joint replacements shouldn't really require much (if any) physical therapy. Most of my patients who have had new knees and hips (once the surgical / anesthesia aftershock wears off in a few days) are "up and running". Physical therapy should not have much call in these cases of having new joints. Basically your joints have just magically gotten younger. New joints don't need therapy. ...Read more

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Why do only the major joints on my right side hurt and my left side is not affected at all? I've gone to several doctors and have done physical therapy but the doctors are stumped. They're looking at jra and other things like it but are still not sure. On

Why do only the major joints on my right side hurt and my left side is not affected at all? I've gone to several doctors and have done physical therapy but the doctors are stumped. They're looking at jra and other things like it but are still not sure. On

Other arthritis: Jra (or jia) can affect joints on only one side (this can happen because there is sometimes seemingly random joint involvement instead of the more common symmetric involvement of small joints in the hands in ra). Inflammatory bowel disease-related arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are also types of inflammatory arthritis that occur in kids and adults, as well as arthritis from other diseases. ...Read more

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Neck pain & stiffness for the past few months. Doc prescribed physical therapy, not helping. Jaw feels odd, heat & pressure in neck? Can't describe it

Neck pain & stiffness for the past few months. Doc prescribed physical therapy, not helping. Jaw feels odd, heat & pressure in neck? Can't describe it

TMJ disorders: Tmj disorders is an umbrella term encompassing several pain disorders of the face and jaw; most common is musculoskeletal pain. Symptoms range from headache, jaw pain, neck pain, stiffness, etc. Consult your dentist (or an orofacial pain dentist) and your primary physician. ...Read more

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How fast does physical therapy take to work for sciatica/s.I. Joint pain?

How fast does physical therapy take to work for sciatica/s.I. Joint pain?

See below: No correct answer here. Everyone is different and everyone's healing ability is different. In general, i would expect to see some improvement after about 10-15 pt sessions. ...Read more

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My mother is wheelchair bound for 3 years now from a fall. She has finished all physical therapy. She will be 91 in April. Atrophy has set in and she is stiff. Will the stiffness get worse and will it affect her organs? What will happen to her?

My mother is wheelchair bound for 3 years now from a fall.  She has finished all physical therapy. She will be 91 in April.  Atrophy has set in and she is stiff. Will the stiffness get worse and will it affect her organs?  What will happen to her?

Muscle weakness : Good question. Muscle weakness due to age and lack of activity is hard to recover but doesn't affect internal organs. You may want to encourage your mom to stay active and exercise at home as much as possible to prevent further deterioration. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long will I need physical therapy after a knee joint replacement?

How long will I need physical therapy after a knee joint replacement?

Up to 3 months: Everybody recovers differently after a total knee replacement. The amount of physical therapy is therefore, variable. A usual pt course is anywhere from 4-12 weeks. The more dedicated the patient is to his/her recovery, the more successful the end result of the surgery will be. ...Read more

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Which would be better for a 70 year old: knee joint replacement or physical therapy?

Which would be better for a 70 year old: knee joint replacement or physical therapy?

Depends: If the knee is severly arthritic and deformed with constant pain no question the knee replacement is by far a better option.Pt does not correct the arthritis , it help to srengh the muscles around the knee, improve the rom and muscles contractures.One is not subtitute for the other, they complement each other. ...Read more

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What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

Depends: Both specialists overlap quite a bit. Just depends on what you are comfortable with. Physical therapy is now doing a lot of manipulation therapies and vice versa chiropractors are noting the benefit of active exercise therapy for their patients as well. Often times seeing an sports medicine physician might be helpful since they have experience with both care types to guide you. ...Read more

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Can having physical therapy ultrasound to the shoulder joint cause electrical shock in the shoulder and arm? Felt when over shoulder bone.

Can having physical therapy ultrasound to the shoulder joint cause electrical shock in the shoulder and arm? Felt when over shoulder bone.

Yes it can: its not a real electrical shock but the ultrasound wand most not be used over bony prominences. Keep it deep people. ...Read more

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What is joint hypermobility and is physiotherapy a good treatment option?

What is joint hypermobility and is physiotherapy a good treatment option?

May help: Joint hypermobility or loose joints result from ligament laxity. Physical therapy can not truly strengthen ligaments but can help with muscle strength and proprioception and may therefore be beneficial. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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