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Why could injury or illness to a tendon affect the ability of the attached muscle to move a bone?

Attachment to bone: The muscle which is the engine of joint movement can only function through its attachment to the bone by way of the tendon. While there are many distinct types of tendons, some broad and others narrow, they are always the interface between muscle and bone. ...Read more

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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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I had an MRI and xrays nothing showed but that i now have swelling of the Achilles tendon and an extra bone and muscle after 7 month ankle injury?

I had an MRI and xrays nothing showed but that i now have swelling of the Achilles tendon and an extra bone and muscle after 7 month ankle injury?

What exactly : Is your question? Achilles tendonitis and an extra bone. The injury did not cause the extra bone. It could of caused the tendonitis but you did not share what the injury was. Are you asking what to do now? Physical therapy is good for the tendon, sometimes docs advocate immobilization, others like eccentric excercises. Heel lifts may be helpful.Or immobilization in a cam walker type boot. ...Read more

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Hand injury i was recently in a accident where my hand and wrist were cut open severing the tendons muscles and legaments away from the bone of my thumb. And now I have little use of my hand. How long does an injury like this take to heal and how much of

That : That sounds like a very significant injury. Your doctor who did the surgery will want to see you back as he now has a medical relationship with you. Please call that doctor's office, explain that you are a patient there and the symptoms you are having. Although i understand you have financial concerns, having little use of your hand could affect the rest of your life and you need medical follow-up with the surgeon. This is very important that you have a medical evaluation to assess your hand and wrist. ...Read more

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During surgery to remove a bone spur is it normal for the dr. to pull muscle back and split the tendon to get to the bone spur?

Yes: need access to spur. might have to split muscle or tendon tissue to get access ...Read more

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Unsure if problem is tendon, muscle or bone related. My radius is very painful to touch for past wk. Hurts mostly when breastfeeding or upon waking.?

Unsure if problem is tendon, muscle or bone related. My radius is very painful to touch for past wk. Hurts mostly when breastfeeding or upon waking.?

Tendintis vs. CTS: Both diagnoses, dequervain's tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome can be seen in "new" moms. Dequervain's is more common with pain at the wrist below the thumb. It can be painful with breastfeeding due to sustained posture. Carpal tunnel would be associated with pain, numbness noted when awakening. It also can be caused by extreme wrist posture while breast feeding. Both can respond to splints. ...Read more

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I was told that I have an accessory bone in my foot, per X-ray. Does this increase the likelihood of an accessory muscle/tendon near the ankle?

I was told that I have an accessory bone in my foot, per X-ray. Does this increase the likelihood of an accessory muscle/tendon near the ankle?

No.: Accessory bones are fairly common, and some are within the tendons. Unless there are symptoms of pain or limited use, these are not usually clinically important. There are some variations in the number of muscles and corresponding tendons, but these are less common, and usually do not cause any problems by themselves. These can be injured with trauma and mimic other disease processes. ...Read more

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What could a cause of my chronic hip pain be? Doctors have determined its not from my tendons, muscle, or bones from an MRI they took.

What could a cause of my chronic hip pain be? Doctors have determined its not from my tendons, muscle, or bones from an MRI they took.

SIJ: 30 yo male has chronic "hip" pain undiagnosed by MRI. Common cause is sacroiliac joint (SIJ) subluxation disorder, which is a joint hypermobility disorder absent inflammation & undetected by all imaging studies, including SPECT scans. Diagnosis is made by a fluoroscopic guided diagnostic block & evaluation by an Osteopath. SIJ disorder is epidemic amongst young male extreme sport enthusiasts. ...Read more

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How can I tell if it's joint pain or pain in muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and/or tendons, etc, nearby (neck, l shoulder, r knee, etc)?

How can I tell if it's joint pain or pain in muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and/or tendons, etc, nearby (neck, l shoulder, r knee, etc)?

Hard to tell: Hard to know for sure. Tendons hurt when they try to move against something that wont move, ligaments hurt when stretched or pressed. Bones hurt when they carry a load or when pressed. Muscles hurt when compressed or pressed on or when they are used.Joints hurt when they are moved most of the time. ...Read more

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My mother is 70 years old, weak bones, weak muscles, weak tendons. What is a great supplement for her?

My mother is 70 years old, weak bones, weak muscles, weak tendons. What is a great supplement for her?

Vitamin d3 2,000 IU: The single best supplement to address these concerns in addition to a balanced diet would be vitamin d3 2, 000 iu daily. Strong bones are needed to be able to build stong muscles and tendons. Vitamin d is frequently lacking. Calcium is usually sufficient in most individuals diet. Vitamin d deficiency is also linked with depression and loss of cognition. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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