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How long does it typically take a leg muscle injury to heal?

How long does it typically take a leg muscle injury to heal?

4-6 weeks: Most muscle injuries will heal in 4-6 weeks. During that time care should be taken to avoid re-injury. After a few weeks gentle stretching is advisable to avoid re-injury. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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How long should I rest if my CPK has been elevated due to a minor muscle injury in my calves..I lost strength in my fingers and legs...What to do?

Rhabdomyelisis: Rest varies with severity of the incident but it can knock you out for weeks. Feel free to move as you are able without pushing yourself. Drink lots of water, elevated CPK can damage the kidneys. Follow-up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've just started to get sharp twinges of pain up my legs with no muscle injury or strain from exercise... Any idea what the problem is?

I've just started to get sharp twinges of pain up my legs with no muscle injury or strain from exercise... Any idea what the problem is?

Nerve associated: With only those brief details, these 'twinges' could be nerve pain possible stemming from compression... especially if the pain 'shoots' down your leg. It could just be inflammation compression the nerve. Try to give yourself a few days rest from physical activity and see if that improves. Consider a trial of NSAIDs for a few days, as indicated. But if it persists, see a physician. ...Read more

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Could flexor halucis longus muscle injury cause posterior lower leg to appear wider than other leg?

Could flexor halucis longus muscle injury cause posterior lower leg to appear wider than other leg?

Probably not: although the FHL originates from the calf, it would require substantial swelling and therefore pain to demonstrate a noticeable difference in leg circumference... ...Read more

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Is there a muscle injury that might cause swelling in lower part of the leg but nothing shows abnormal on MRI? Does MRI always show edema w/ injury?

Is there a muscle injury that might cause swelling in lower part of the leg but nothing shows abnormal on MRI? Does MRI always show edema w/ injury?

MRI can tell: as long as the correct "sequences" were performed and the right area was imaged. For instance, a knee MR only includes a small area of the leg. Your pain could be below or above that. One type of sequence looks specifically for fluid in the muscle, and it is very sensitive for muscle strains. If you have your MRI on a CD, I can review it at HealthTap Concierge: healthtap.com/saurbornmd. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a groin muscle injury to heal?

How long does it usually take for a groin muscle injury to heal?

Depends on injury: The healing time of a muscle strain or "groin pull" depends on the severity of the injury. If you see bruising along the course of the muscles it will take longer. Labral tears of the hip can cause groin pain; so if not improving within 4-6 weeks that should be considered. Step one-ice the area to minimize the zone of injury step 2-restore pain free flexibility, strength then sport specific ex. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pain to go away in a pulled muscle injury?

How long does it take for pain to go away in a pulled muscle injury?

Days to weeks: Some muscles heal quickly while others may take much longer to heal. If in doubt of the diagnosis, see your doctor. ...Read more

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If a doctor gave me a boot for a muscle injury in front middle of ankle, how long would I likely be wearing it for? Thank you in advance!

^ 6 weeks: Most strains and sprains heal in about 6 weeks. Because of it's weight bearing responsibility, injuries to foot and ankle muscle or ligaments may take a few weeks longer. Good rehab program for strengthening would be a nice addition to your treatment regimen. ...Read more

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I've got a pain in my right bottom ribs from what I assume was throwing up quite violently on the weekend. It hurts to breath and move and laugh, cough etc. I think this is a muscle injury. How long until i'm back to normal. I hate being away from the gy

I've got a pain in my right bottom ribs from what I assume was throwing up quite violently on the weekend.  It hurts to breath and move and laugh, cough etc. I think this is a muscle injury. How long until i'm back to normal. I hate being away from the gy

Intercostal strain: Most likely this is an intercostal muscle strain. A strain of the costochondral cartilage would be another possibility. Rest is the primary treatment for either one of these. I would recommend that you be pain-free with everyday activities for around 5 days before strenuous exercise. However, cardio training such as stationary biking and some medium-intensity walking may be tolerated now. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more