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When should a person consider physical therapy after her hand surgery?

When should a person consider physical therapy after her hand surgery?

Stiffness, pain, etc: Post-operative hand therapy is a very helpful adjunct to surgery. Hand therapists can address stiffness, sensory re-education, desensitization, strength training, wound care and many more post-operative issues. Your hand surgeon would typically decide if you are a good candidate for hand therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hand surgery is a meticulous surgical procedure that occurs on your hands. There are few places where there is such in intimate association of blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons and joints. This is why a dedicated hand surgeon ...Read more


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When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture ?

When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture ?

Within a week: Assuming your fracture-dislocation was fixed surgically (as most are), it is critical to get your elbow moving within a week of surgery. You may never have full motion again (though it is possible), but to optimize your motion and elbow function, early motion is critical. ...Read more

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After ACL surgery will i be recommended a physical therapist?

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After ACL surgery will i be recommended a physical therapist?

Maybe: There are many treatment philosophies after acl reconstruction. If your surgeon is able to take the time to go over your rehabilitation progress and instruct you on the exercises needed to restore function, the physical therapy is not needed. On the other hand, a physical therapist can often give you the time and attention needed to progress. ...Read more

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How long after a leg amputation should a person see an occupational therapist?

How long after a leg amputation should a person see an occupational therapist?

Not long: A leg amputation seriously impairs one's quality of life more than may be obvious. Performing the activities of daily living is central to recovery, and this is a main goal of such patients' healthcare team. As such, occupational therapy (ot) will be part of the discussion before the patient leaves the hospital. Every system is different, but ot is often available before or right after going home. ...Read more

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Can a person b alone after having knee surgery for replacement if someone is with her for the first 2 weeks after surgrry?

Can a person b alone after having knee surgery for replacement if someone is with her for the first 2 weeks after surgrry?

Depends...: Depends on how the knee replacement patient is doing and how autonomous he/ she is @ this point post- op. Many older patients will require help w/ bathing , stairclimbing, and will not be able to drive yet. Home health nursing and physical therapy can be provided prior to d/c from hospital. ...Read more

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I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months after doing physical therapy the first time. Should surgery be the main treatment or should rehab?

I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months after doing physical therapy the first time. Should surgery be the main treatment or should rehab?

Rehab before surgery: You're describing a recurrent patella dislocation syndrome. Rehabilitation is always preferred prior to surgery. In the meantime, use of a knee sleeve with a lateral buttress might discourage the knee from dislocating during sport play. Surgery does not always solve the problem. Seek out a competent Orthopedic specialist for advice and persistent problems. ...Read more

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Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Physical therapy-Yes: Physical therapy is routinely recommended for most patients after undergoing knee surgery from arthroscopy to knee replacement. Trained and licensed physical therapists can help guide the rehabilitation process based upon guidance from your surgeon. ...Read more

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Experts, might someone have to go to physical therapy after a knee injury?

Experts, might someone have to go to physical therapy after a knee injury?

No: Certainly not required but absolutely helpful for most. Every person and every injury requires different treatment to heal properly. ...Read more

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Should a patient continue going to a t surgeon every 3months after a thoractomy or a lung dr?

Should a patient continue going to  a t surgeon every 3months after a thoractomy or a lung dr?

Depends: Thoracic surgeons are lung doctors. I presume you mean pulmonologists. Your care, including short term and longterm follow-up after major chest surgery should be coordinated amongst your specialists; i.e. Primarycare/family physician, surgeon, pulmonologist, oncologists, radiation oncologists, etc.... Each may have a role to play depending on your presenting condition. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery if as of now i bench 225.. After surgery when would i be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

After open heart surgery if as of now i bench 225.. After surgery when would i be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

Minimum 3 mo: I restrict my patients to 10 lbs with arms for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with limits of 25 lbs. Also no pushing or pulling. After the 3 months you can begin building back up slowly. ...Read more

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How can you be a orthopedic physician after being a physical therapist?

How can you be a orthopedic physician after being a physical therapist?

Medical school: Medical school followed by residency is the usual path. The specialty is competitive and it may take few attempts to get into an orthopedic residency/ fellowship. ...Read more

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At what point would a surgeon discharge you from care after an acl reconstruction e.g when your running again etc?

At what point would a surgeon discharge you from care after an acl reconstruction e.g when your running again etc?

9-12 months: Usually it is at least 6 months before you go back to pivoting type activities. Some will recommend longer depending on different factors including the type of graft and fixation you have as well as any other injuries that may have occurred initially. I usually follow my patients for 1 year to make sure they are back to all their activities comfortably. ...Read more

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How long should a person wait to return to sports when his memory was foggy for around an hour after being non responsive for about 30 seconds?

How long should a person wait to return to sports when his memory was foggy for around an hour after being non responsive for about 30 seconds?

Concussion.: You should be thoroughly evaluated by a neurologist after a concussion to assess any damage to your brain! do not resume sports until that is done! ...Read more

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What would be treatment option for a 17 year old girl doing modern dance and diagnosed with Iliopsoas Bursitis?How soon can she return to modern dance

What would be treatment option for a 17 year old girl doing modern dance and diagnosed with Iliopsoas Bursitis?How soon can she return to modern dance

Maybe awhile!: Iliopsoas bursitis is not a very common type of bursitis. It could be related to the dance training. It would be helpful to see a physician that treats a lot of dancers. Check the website www.artsmed.org to find a physician with dance experience. How symptoms started is important. Treatment can be rest, anti-inflammatory meds, therapy, possible stretching exercises, Hip X-rays. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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After a heart attack and stent, how long before someone should be able to part in strenuous activity?

After a heart attack and stent, how long before someone should be able to part in strenuous activity?

Depends: cardiac rehabilitation is used in those with coronary artery disease. Your question is dependent on a number of factors and there isn't a simple answer. People can have what's called silent ischemia depending on risk factors thus it is tough to tell withy certainty what is considered too strenuous for ones health. I would discuss this with your cardiologist. Define strenuous with them. ...Read more

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