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...
Yoga is an excellent form of exercise. Excellent for stretching muscles and joints. Excellent for physical and mental relaxation. Excellent for focusing the mind. Excellent for learning to respect your body.
We talked last month about how I was coming back to yoga after years of ignoring it’s powerful healing. One thing that renewed my interest was an email from my local chapter of the NMSS which announced a few classes in the area appropriate for MS patients being offered through the local hospital system.
I didn’t join the adapted ability class, but the class I did join was labeled as Gentle Yoga in the session catalog. The class description: “Gentle Yoga class aims to help you restore flexibility, regain strength & ease tensions. All levels are welcome.” Both classes are led by the same instructor.
So far, we have had five sessions. The first session went well as I left feeling more loose and limber i...
Is joint and muscle pain a common side affect of Imitrex? For treatment of 4-5 migraines a week, I have been taking Imitrex for over a year. It works excellent and gets rid of the headache but I suffer with extreme stiffness, joint and muscle pain so have been in the habit of taking advil along with it. Discussed with my doctor and am now using Topamax and rizatriptan (Maxalt) disintegrating tablets instead of the Imitrex. The rizatriptan did relieve the headache within an hour. Too early to tell if other pains will subside. Am wondering if anyone else has joint pain with Imitrex and whether a build-up of Imitrex is still in my system. Thanks for your help. Lori.
Do you keep the patient information sheets that come with your prescriptions? If not, it would be a good idea to start doing so. Joint and muscle pain can be side effects of Imitrex. They can also be symptoms of Migraine.
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