Rizkalla Youssef is a physical therapist practicing in Valley Stream, NY. Rizkalla Youssef specializes in physical treatment to help a patient reduce pain, restore mobility, rehabilitate an injury, or increase movement and overall function. As a physical therapist, Rizkalla Youssef can treat multiple conditions with exercises, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, heat, ice, massage, laser or light therapy and more. Rizkalla Youssef will create a treatment plan based on the patients specific injury or condition, and might target a specific body part or body system based on the individual.
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I had an ankle ligament tear a year back which has still not healed completely. What could be the reason?
A full year for a ligament injury to be fully healed is more than it should be. You need to see an orthopedic doctor for a 2nd opinion. In the meantime, you should have your ankle casted below the knee, rest it, and avoid weight as much as you can. READ MORE
That could be chronic strain or sprain on the patellar tendon ,or some kind of inflammation around the kneecap, you need an accurate diagnosis, please see your primary care for x ray or you might see an orthopedic surgeon for full orthopedic consultation. READ MORE
Sure, physical therapy includes some moist heat and stretching exercises that will be a good help. If it doesn't, see your primary care for more tests. READ MORE
Sure, physical therapy will be a great help. I am wondering if you have any bulging or herniated disc. Please see an orthopedic surgeon for a diagnosis. But you can use some moist heat and gentle stretching. READ MORE
Physical therapy will be great help in most of sciatica cases. READ MORE
Using a therapeutic ultrasound will help. Also, deep massage and shoe cushion. READ MORE
Sure physical therapy will help your son,to restore the hand function and fine movements, however we need to see x ray to make sure that the fracture is healing to certain extent to allow therapist to do his work ,you can always go back to the orthopedic doctor asking him about starting physical therapy. READ MORE
Sure, pain management with physical therapy modalities will help. READ MORE
Stretching and endurance training will be very helpful. READ MORE
Stretching exercises for the wrist muscles to avoid carpal tunnel, also grip exercises. READ MORE
Most of time, this pain is because your muscles get sore or strained. My advice is to go gradually and do a lot of stretching. READ MORE
I think it's very good idea to do so. READ MORE
Before you start, you should do a lot of stretching exercises, also you should see a trainer to advise you on how to coordinate your running with your breathing. READ MORE
I don't think so. Red light or infrared is not for losing fat regardless of the knee replacement. READ MORE
This pain might comes from your neck or pressure on ulnar nerve around the elbow joint ,however if this pain didn't subside within couple of days ,you need to see your primary for more tests. READ MORE
Sometimes it gets all better with medication and physical therapy, and sometimes you need to have surgery, it really depends on the severity and the direction of herniated disc ,but in case it's still very acute you need to rest and take your pain medication and muscles relaxants. READ MORE
Breathing exercises are highly recommended to strengthen lungs and breathing muscles mainly the diaphragm. READ MORE
That could be the reason, if you didn't have this pain before. READ MORE
Using anti inflammatory medications and moist heat, gentle stretching, and breathing exercises will be the best treatment. READ MORE
This is not a common thing to happen after fall, however if you have the joint back to its place with or without surgery, you will need some physical therapy after that and that should help you,will be able to walk very much normal, READ MORE
You need to see orthopedic doctor for some tests like MRI for the lower back and also some blood work. We need to have accurate diagnosis and then will talk about exercises. READ MORE
Gout is a metabolic disorder when the uric acid elevated in the blood. It usually starts in the feet and is very common in big toes. Not only pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness. READ MORE
You need to see a neurologist for diagnosis first. READ MORE
That could be a cyst or fat deposition. You need to see his pediatrician. READ MORE
You need to see anther specialist for a second opinion please. READ MORE
It could be a cyst or fat deposition,some times after acute trauma if you have injuried your lower back .may be anther doctor opinion will help. READ MORE
Yes, there are so many different exercises to help your shoulders to get better elevation of both arms above your head and gradually abduction and internal/external rotation. Try to give yourself some time to exercise, perhaps going to the gym. READ MORE
Most females feel the same way due to pregnancy hormones and the pressure over the pelvic area, and also the way you walk, put pressure and strain on your muscles, but in most cases, it disappears gradually after having the baby. But you might need some exercises to strengthen your abdomen, back, hips, and pelvic floor muscles. READ MORE
Sure it will. READ MORE
Breathing exercises are very important, breathing deep from the nose and exhaling from the mouth, repeat that exercise during the day. If you feel there are some secretions, ask your daughter to cough and get rid of that. Breathing this way will help you daughter's lungs and strengthen the breathing muscles. READ MORE
It depends on your injuries, but generally, most patients after a car accident who complain of musculoskeletal issues need physical therapy. READ MORE
You need to see an orthopedist for more tests, possibly an MRI for your elbow. You might have tennis elbow. You need an accurate diagnosis first, then you will see whether physical therapy will be helpful. READ MORE
It could be a different reason. You need to see your primary care provider for some tests and blood work. READ MORE
You need to see your primary care provider for further test and blood work. You need a more accurate diagnosis to start the right treatment. Thanks. READ MORE
In most cases of knee replacement, it could take up to three months of therapy. In some cases, it could take up 4-6 months, but that doesn't mean that you need to be out of work all this time, it also depends on what kind of work you do. Your surgeon and therapist will both guide you when you will go back to work. READ MORE
You have to wear either cast or ankle boot, and be careful about weight bearing,until it will heal and then you should go for ROM exercises an strengthening. Weight bearing will be according to the healing confirmed with orthopedic and x ray. READ MORE
You need to have a diagnosis first, possibly some blood work as well. That could be a condition called peripheral neuropathy. Please see your primary care. Thanks. READ MORE
In most cases, osteoporosis happened after the menopause due to lack of female sex hormones (estrogen) so you are still young, however, there is always blood work and some tests to be done to see if you are losing bone strength. You should see your primary care, but being active, walking, exercise, eating healthy, watching your weight, and having enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet through milk and milk products will definitely help. READ MORE
We'd need to know what kind of surgery, if it's a fracture with hard wear fixation or hip replacement, and what the weight bearing status is, but in any event, being in bed for 3 months, you need to do some exercises to keep your muscles toned. I hope somebody did explain those exercises, also, contact your surgeon to see what the weight bearing status at this time is and then go from there. READ MORE
You need to see an orthopedic specialist for diagnosis. It could be arthritis, meniscus injury, or just chronic strain. First diagnosis and then will talk about treatment options. READ MORE
Yes, physical therapy will definitely help. Positioning, stretching, and sometimes we recommend a special back brace. READ MORE
The best one who can tell your mom when she should start PT is her treating physician. Each case is different, it depends on what symptoms she has and how severe her pain level is. READ MORE
Scoliosis is lateral curvature of the spine, and sometimes it has no symptoms and sometimes it associated with painful muscle spasms. Bad posture and lack of exercise are the main reasons for this condition. READ MORE
Your dad needs a more accurate diagnosis. Is this pain due to pain in the leg or lower/mid back or both? Herniated disc might be an old problem. I advise he seek another opinion, possibly fracture in one of the spines or one of his legs. READ MORE
You need to exercise. Progressive resistive exercise for the back and abdominal muscles, also stretching, and you need to walk and stretch every couple of hours, not sit for such a long time. READ MORE
My daughter is recovering after a paralytic stroke from Guillian Barre syndrome. How should I go about her physical therapy?
Each case is different, but she will need physical therapy for a couple of months. She is young, so her chances of getting better are great. READ MORE
Physical therapy will definitely help your husband. In some cases, continue PT for 6 months to a whole year, depending on the severity of each case. READ MORE
As a first aide, you should use ice around the swelling, but you really need to see an orthopedic doctor for X-ray and R/O fracture. READ MORE
You might have a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome, which is compression over the medial nerve. You need to see a specialist for a more accurate diagnosis. READ MORE
There are some medications in the market to improve your condition, make sure you have milk and milk products in your diet every day, also exercise will help you. READ MORE
You may have injured your shoulder. My advice to you is to do good warming up and gentle stretching, also using moist heat in your shoulder, and stop lifting now until you feel better. If that didn't improved in 2 wks, you need to see orthopedic. READ MORE
That could be normal, but don't forced,as long as you don't feel pain you shouldn't be worried. READ MORE
I was diagnosed with torticollis and need to go to physical therapy. What kind of treatment will I receive?
Physical therapy will help you using different modalities including heat and stretching exercises will help your condition. READ MORE
It really depends on how bad the strain or sprain but resting with gentle stretching and using moist heat will help. READ MORE
Physical therapy will help to delay the muscles atrophy and decrease the chance of building a fibrous tissue and muscle contracture, keep rang if motion ,also will help the blood circulation and the blood flow. Maintaining the function ability as long as possible. Including walking, transferring, bed mobility and ADLs READ MORE
You did not mention how old of your son, but normally he should start work by 1 year old, in the beginning he will be unsteady, might fall so many times, but things will get better wk after wk, some kids are very normal, but they start to walk late, I will ask you to see his pediatrician, but I'm sure physical therapy will help. READ MORE
If there is a history of RA in the family so you need to take it more seriously, you better see rheumatilogest for farther blood work and diagnosis. READ MORE
You have to do an x-ray, also you need to be evaluated for possible fracture, ligaments or muscle injuries, but you can use ice 10 minutes every couple of hours, not bearing to much weight on it, and see an orthopedic as soon as possible. READ MORE
Yes it does, but not in all cases . READ MORE
That is because of the herniated, sounds like you have compression over nerve root, you need to see a neurosurgeon. You will need a couple of tests before things get worse . READ MORE
You should see your primary care first, he will direct you where to go and who to see ,because sometimes you feel the pain in the hip but it could be referred pain from other issue READ MORE
Since you are having knee replacement, you need to strengthen the muscles around your knee, specifically the quadriceps muscles, isometric ex's is highly recommend. READ MORE
Sometimes it takes up to a year for the pain and swelling to go away completely, however, he needs to continue PT program and follow up with his surgeon. READ MORE
There are different kinds of electronic stimulation, but the one you use is to control your pain. READ MORE
Sometimes it takes a lot more time. It depends on which stage, sometimes surgery will be recommended. Please see an orthopedic. READ MORE
That could be different things; over use, over stretch, or injury on one of the ligaments. Please see an orthopedic. READ MORE
Hello, It's very common to have swellings in your foot when you have planter faciaitis. If both feet at the same time, I think you need to see your primary physician for more tests. Thanks. READ MORE
Hello, If you have that within a few days, you need to rest and use an ice compress, 10 minutes every couple of hours for 3 days. If it subsides, you can start with gentle stretches; if not, you need to see your primary physician. Thanks. READ MORE
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