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Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

It depends...: The cervical spine can appear more straight on x-ray if a patient is having neck pain. This is caused by muscle spasms and how a patient might hold their neck when in pain. Physical therapy can help this by relieving the neck pain. However, if a patient has a reverse curvature of their spine from abnormalities in their cervical discs or bones, this will not be corrected by physical therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Probably not: But it an help with the symptoms you may be having as a result of this. Cervical traction and physical therapy can help with the neck pain along with nerve root impingement in many cases before surgery is needed. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind/level?: First see a rehab doctor or neurologist to be sure physical therapy won't be dangerous. If it isn't serious you are likely to need strengthening of any affected muscles with neck and arm range of motion. Cervical traction is useful for some disc ruptures. Again see the doctor first. You might have something that could cause paraplegia or a tumor or a disc needing surgery or epidural injections. ...Read more

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My Dr has not recommended physical therapy for a cervical neck fracture that occurred in September, 2016. Does this make sense?

My Dr has not recommended physical therapy for a cervical neck fracture that occurred in September, 2016. Does this make sense?

Ask why: Without knowing your full story, I would still think physical therapy would be helpful to restore range of motion, improve strength and posture and possibly reduce any residual pain you have. Of course, a dialogue with your physician would be wise. Ask him/her why PT has not been a part of your treatment regimen yet. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help mild reversal of the cervical curvature?

Can physical therapy help mild reversal of the cervical curvature?

Indirectly: We see the reversal when the muscles are in spasm and the neck is in pain. When the pain goes away and the muscles relax their guarding we see a return of normal curvature. ...Read more

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Normal cervical MRI for upper back pain. My doctor said chronic muscloskeletal pain? What do I do for this besides physical therapy.

Normal cervical MRI for upper back pain. My doctor said chronic muscloskeletal pain? What do I do for this besides physical therapy.

See details: It is difficult to say without being able to perform an exam and review the MRI. A cervical MRI is to evaluate neck pain and not upper back pain. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Does back/neck mobilization or manual physical therapy hurt? How effective is it?

Does back/neck mobilization or manual physical therapy hurt? How effective is it?

Yes, but worth it: Physical therapy involves moving, which can sometimes cause acute pain, but long term studies show significant benefit to therapy for many chronic and acute conditions. ...Read more

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How can I perform back and neck exercises for neck physical therapy?

How can I perform back and neck exercises for neck physical therapy?

See below: Check these websites out for some excellent at home neck and back exercises: http://www.Des.Umd.Edu/os/erg/neck.Html http://www.Des.Umd.Edu/os/erg/back.Html. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...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