• Ask a Physical Therapist

    The purpose of "Ask a PT" is to provide consumers with the opportunity to send their questions to a panel of APTA physical therapists. The group will select a certain number of questions each month that are representative of a broad spectrum of consumer health issues. Not all questions will be answered. If answered, your question will be posted on this Web site. Read the full disclaimer.

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  • Orthostatic Hypotension

    I have orthostatic hypotension. Can physical therapy help?
    March 20, 2013
    Topic: N/A

    Knot in the Knee

    I have pain in the muscle above my knee, and there appears to be a knot. It doesn't hurt to bend, but it's painful to touch. What could this be and what can I do?
    March 20, 2013
    Topic: N/A

    Multiple Sclerosis and balance

    I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 16 years ago. I have difficulty walking due to no control of my balance and my right leg. I also have constant dizziness.Could physical therapy be beneficial?
    March 20, 2013
    Topic: N/A

    Separated Pubic Bone

    What treatment is available for a separated pubic bone (or symphysis pubis) and can I speed up my recovery?
    March 01, 2013
    Topic: Pelvic Floor Disorder

    Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Can physical therapy help with rheumatoid arthritis?
    March 01, 2013
    Topic: Arthritis

    Use of a Cane

    Why do you use a cane in the opposite side of an injury?
    March 01, 2013
    Topic: Walking Aids

    Chemotherapy and Decreased Sensation

    I have numbness and decreased sensation in my feet after chemotherapy. Can a physical therapist help with this?
    November 05, 2012
    Topic: Cancer

    Multiple Sclerosis and Foot Drop

    I have multiple sclerosis and am experiencing foot drop. How can a physical therapist help me and are there exercises that I can do on my own?
    October 01, 2012
    Topic: Foot

    Physical Therapy for Asthma

    Can a physical therapist help me with my asthma?
    September 15, 2012
    Topic: Cardiovascular Pulmonary

    Lymphedema and Flying

    I have lymphedema in one leg, one arm and my left breast. Can I fly on an airplane, and if so, what precautions can I take?  The compression sleeve is too painful.
    June 28, 2012
    Topic: Women's Health