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Doctor insights on: Is It Harder To Gain Back Muscle After Atrophy

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Is it harder to gain back muscle after atrophy?

Is it harder to gain back muscle after atrophy?

Depends: Muscles atrophy for different reasons. If the atrophy is from say being in a cast for 3 months, the muscles should come back fine with exercise and just routine daily activities like walking if it is a leg muscle. If the muscle has atrophied because of a nerve injury or an injury to the brain or spinal cord, the recovery of this muscle is much more sketchy; it may not recover. ...Read more

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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Lower back muscle strain. Better to lie on hard surface or bed for quicker recovery? Pain when sit, stand or walk. Bed rest for how long?

Not hard: For lower back pain latest advisory is avoid hard mattress & tend towards a medium between hard & soft for more even support for spine between shoulders & hips; enabling a fetal position, which might be most comfortable. But with this problem, which can be more than nagging, do whatever works to reduce pain. Some like lying on couch with head flat & legs up on farthest armrest. ...Read more

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Back muscle stiffness?

Back muscle stiffness?

Stretch!: If stiffness is due to muscle tightness/imbalance a good stretching program can be helpful. Be mindful of your posture in both sitting and standing. It could also be due to arthritic changes in the back. If associated with pain, persistent stiffness, do see your doctor. A physical therapist can be helpful in designing a stretching program once you have an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What do middle back muscle spasms feel lie?

Pain and tightness: The back muscles get tight and it is tough to move secondary to pain. If you stretch and put some warmth on this area of the back, it will help. Massage also helps. It can be associated with exertion, emotional stress or just being out of shape. ...Read more

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Ways to help my injured back muscle to heal?

Ways to help my injured back muscle to heal?

Rest is key: For back problems , the key is to allow the injury to heal. If one keeps performing the exacerbating activity, there is no reason for the injury to heal the symptoms can be helped with nsaid, muscle relaxants and physical therapy. Unfortunately, time is the key for almost any injury to heal which is what athletes don't want to hear. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i injured a back muscle or my spine?

It hurts: If you have a sufficient mechanism to have pulled a muscle in the back and you feel a muscular pain the resolves after several days, then you could certainly have had a "lumbar strain". If it does not resolve after 7-10 days, it may be something more. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more