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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.

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Inner, upper thigh hematoma : could this be caused by muscle stress in physical therapy when working on going up and down steps...How to treat pain.?

Inner, upper thigh hematoma : could this be caused by muscle stress in physical therapy when working on going up and down steps...How to treat pain.?

Hematoma: Hematoma of the upper is usually associated with a direct or indirect injury; if no associated injury or overuse please look for coagulopathy..

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


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