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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-10-2008, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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what exactly does a physical therapist do?

i think i have carpal tunnel syndrome. whatever it is, i feel a tingling, stiff sensation in the back of my hand, wrist, my ring and middle finger, and it travels up my arm to my shoulder too.

it's really annoying, and sometimes painful.

is this something i would go to a doctor for, or a physical therapist?

what should i expect from a visit to a physical therapist? are they just gonna give me a splint and some pain meds, or will they do something that i couldnt do on my own (like surgery, rebreaking the bone, xrays, etc)

i actually got this from snowboarding. i hurt both my wrists and walked it off instead of going to a doctor when i first started riding about 7 years ago, and theyve never been the same
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i think i have carpal tunnel syndrome. whatever it is, i feel a tingling, stiff sensation in the back of my hand, wrist, my ring and middle finger, and it travels up my arm to my shoulder too.

it's really annoying, and sometimes painful.

is this something i would go to a doctor for, or a physical therapist?

what should i expect from a visit to a physical therapist? are they just gonna give me a splint and some pain meds, or will they do something that i couldnt do on my own (like surgery, rebreaking the bone, xrays, etc)

i actually got this from snowboarding. i hurt both my wrists and walked it off instead of going to a doctor when i first started riding about 7 years ago, and theyve never been the same
Go to the doctor. They will decide the best course from there. Anything that lasted that long though is probably nerve damage. Nerves repair at the rate of 1" per year.

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i agree with mooz, sounds like nerve damage. pysical therapists do some things you can do on your own and some you cant. i went for my ankle a few years ago and basically just did a bunch of exercizes and crap, stuff they could have just wrote down and told me to do. but in your case, i think i'd probably go see doc.
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Most of physical therapist work in rehab places, helping people that have had strokes, heart attracts, paralysis ect. The are some that do other type of jobs but they don't make as much as the rehab ones.

The doctor has to decide what is better for you, its a $$$ process, but if I was you I would go and get it checked out. My friend is a physical therapist, but she works mostly with elderly people.
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how do you walk off a wrist injury?

and i have had physical therapy twice....it SUCKS
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how do you walk off a wrist injury?

and i have had physical therapy twice....it SUCKS
I have 2 more week of physical therapy to go before we decide on surgery or not. I have to say if I knew it would be this god damn boring, I would have gone straight for the surgery! My physical therapist has the personality of a wet-nap.

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^^^^^So you are planning a Snowboarding trip with a busted Knee????
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yeah, mine was boring too, and all the shit was PAINFUL. hed be like "lets stretch it some more" while i'm laying there like "AHH THIS FUCKING HURTS!!!"
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^^^^^So you are planning a Snowboarding trip with a busted Knee????
Yes sir I am. There are two kinds of people in this world, those who find an excuse not to ride and everyone else. I belong to the latter

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...and then a second category is formed where there are those who don't ride with injuries and those that like to make them permanent. But then again, do you really even use your knees for snowboarding?

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