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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...
Learning to live with MS on the long haul is a bit like growing pains within a new relationship. You may be familiar with little MS symptoms and be able to ignore them for the most part, but sometimes something small and insignificant may arise to bite you in the butt and drive you absolutely crazy.
For the past day or two, I’ve had a collection of muscles around my hip and at the top of my thigh which have been causing a great deal of pain and a lopsided limp. At first, I thought that maybe pushing a REALLY heavy grocery cart, even for only a fraction of the time around the grocery store on Wednesday, may have caused an avalanche of spasticity.
Thursday morning, my leg and hip were so painful that I finally filled a prescription my nurse practitioner had given me in April (for diazepam) to combat painful muscle spasms . I’ve tried it and so far, it has made little difference. But each day has gotten a bit better as long as I limit how much I stand a...
I have been having what a doctor calls basilar migraine's, my symptom's are this, I get weak when I get hot, my muscles go limp, I really don't pass out, cause I can hear and feel everything. I do this for about 10 minutes, and I do have tremoring on my right side, and then the back of my neck and head really hurt, and the top and front of my head hurt too, it takes me a couple of days to get over the headache. But I never know when this is going to happen, the only thing I can tell is when I get to hot. My speech is slurred and I have notice a new symptom, that the right side of my jaw and mouth draws, like a stroke, I have no energy do to anything. After all this I feel really drained. Shelia.
The symptoms you describe are not typical of Basilar-Type Migraine (BTM). See B asilar-Type Migraine - The Basics for more information about BTM.
What you say about your muscles going limp, but being able to hear and feel e...
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