How to introduce a php variable into an MySQL calculation?

I want to set a field (column) with a new value partly based on the result of a calculation in php, e.g.   .... SET order_total      = (order_total + $adjustment) .....
but this didn't seem to work - how can I make that dynamic calculation work within the MySQL UPDATE statement?  
me_patrickAsked:
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mmarx82Commented:
Here is an example where $email is the variable
 

$sql = "SELECT `email`, `contactme` FROM `your_table` WHERE `email` = '$email' and `contactme` = '1'";

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mmarx82Commented:
Ignore my previous post, didn't read the whole question.
Your going to have to calculate the adjustment from the order_total before inserting into the database. Something like:
$newtotal = order_total + $adjustment
Set order_total = $newtotal
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csupaCommented:
$nr=12;
mysql_query("UPDATE cikk SET sorszam=(sorszam+'".$nr."') where id_cikk='11'");
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me_patrickAuthor Commented:
That's it - thanks.
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