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If I have right knee osteoarthritis, do I have to work out my left side as well?
I was recently asked by a patient why he had to work out both sides of his body in physical therapy if only his right knee hurt. I can understand some of the confusion. After all, if your right shoulder were painful and inflamed and required an injection, the medication would only be put at the site of inflammation -- in your right shoulder. You would not be a candidate for a right and a left shoulder injection! However, physical therapy, for the most part, is much different. I'll explain.
There are two basic components to physical therapy -- passive and active. In the passive component, the therapist may apply ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and other modalities to the painful area. For the most part, these modalities are only placed at the site of injury (there are a few exceptions that are beyond the scope of this blog). So, in this sense, physical therapy is functioning si...
I have been having intense pain on the left side of my head. The pain is so intense that if it lasted longer then it did I could not stand it. I have no other symptoms. No pain in the the eye area, no weakness in body, nothing. The pain lasts anywhere from 10-30 seconds at a time. I have lived with it for about 20 years now. I did go to a neurologist about 9 years ago and had MRI done which showed nothing. This pain will last a week or two disappear for months and then show up again. It is not a constant pain, the pain comes lasts 10-30 seconds disappears for a little while maybe half hour and comes back. In the last two weeks this pain it has increased more than I have ever experienced. When I went to the doctor 9 years ago he did not have an answer and said they could be cluster headaches, but I do not have the symptoms of cluster headaches. Anyways. I am not sure what to do seeing how the MRI showed...
Congestive heart failure - left
The goals of treatments are:
Treat the disease that is causing the heart failure
Relieve stress on the heart
Reduce risks of worsening heart failure
You should see a heart specialist. You may need to stay in the hospital when symptoms are severe.
Treatment may involve surgery or cardiac catheterization to open blocked heart arteries, medicines for high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes such as stopping drinking alcohol.
Persons with heart failure should eat less salt, avoid alcohol, and exercise moderately.
Medicines that may be used include:
Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) or spironolactone (Aldactone) to help the body get rid of extra fluid
Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors to reduce the stress on the heart and to prevent further muscle damage and scarring
Digoxin to increase muscle strength and slow down abnormally fast ...
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