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Doctor insights on: Leg Lifts Vs Sit Ups

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Do you use different muscles when you do leg lifts as compared to doing sit ups?

Do you use different muscles when you do leg lifts as compared to doing sit ups?

Yes: Sit ups work the abs and do not work the legs, leg lifts work the legs predominately, with some ab involvement. ...Read more

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Help please! Could crunches and leg lifts cause spotting?

Help please! Could crunches and leg lifts cause spotting?

Possibly: Spotting can occur infrequently depending on the amount of weight you are lifting and the number of reps. I recommend seeing an ob/gyn if you are concerned or symptoms continue. ...Read more

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What is a good way to lose weight with leg work and sit-ups?

What is a good way to lose weight with leg work and sit-ups?

Not quite right"? ": Really it is not about losing weight per se. Ideal situations increase leaness by: 1. Losing fat. 2. Gaining muscle. Exercise can do both. If you are firm and lean, you will look better and be healthier. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot do leg lifts without extreme pain?

What to do if I cannot do leg lifts without extreme pain?

See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my hamstrings burn when I do leg lifts?

What are some possible reasons that my hamstrings burn when I do leg lifts?

Sprain: You may have sprained the hamstrings or, if you have increased your exercise program, you may have overdone things and inflammed the hamstrings. Try ice and nsaids and modify your exercise regimen, and if symptoms persist then see a physician. ...Read more

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Leg lifts back pops painfully. 18yrs old back went out. Use to be health nut. Now 30 and still bad daily back pain. What do I do?

Leg lifts back pops painfully. 18yrs old back went out. Use to be health nut. Now 30 and still bad daily back pain. What do I do?

See a Dr: This is not a usual story for an 18-30-ish person. You should be examined (and possibly imaged) by a dr to determine if there is some congenital / degenerative / other issue present that can be addressed. ...Read more

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When I do sit ups I can feel a strain in my legs what might this be?

Your hip flexors.: With poor form sit ups work the hip flexors the psaoas muscles try crunches or pilates you'll get a better ab work out and leave your hip flexors out of it. ...Read more

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Popping sound w. side lying left leg lifts, grinding Lside when doing the outter thigh weight machine. Pain only if I put all my weight on left side.

Popping sound w. side lying left leg lifts, grinding Lside when doing the outter thigh weight machine. Pain only if I put all my weight on left side.

Hip: What you describe sounds like some problem in your left hip. Check the problem out with your doctor and get exercises that will help that area and help your left hip and leg and not cause further damage to the left hip if it is the problem. ...Read more

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Lump on upper ab, right side. Hurts when I bend over or lay on that side. Also hurts to touch. What could it be? I do squats, leg lifts and push-ups.

Lump on upper ab, right side. Hurts when I bend over or lay on that side. Also hurts to touch. What could it be? I do squats, leg lifts and push-ups.

Spigelian: See your MD. If the lump is to the side of your rectus abdominus it may be a spigelian hernia. It may also be a pulled or torn abdominal muscle. Only a full exam is appropriate the differential diagnosis is quite large. Don't worry you'll be okay. Rest use NSAIDs and see MD. ...Read more

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I am 18 and female. I've noticed when I do leg lifts my hips pop and when I do pushups my elbow grinds, it is all painless. What could that be, should I stop?

I am 18 and female. I've noticed when I do leg lifts my hips pop and when I do pushups my elbow grinds, it is all painless. What could that be, should I stop?

MDI: Sounds like you have a condition of generalized ligamentous laxuty that is causing your joints to 'pop and grind'. If your shoulder 'slips' or pops or goes' dead' occasionally w/ activities or when u sleep ors characterize this condition as multidirectional instability (mdi).Of course, if you develop pain w/ above or symptoms worsen, see your pcp for referral to an ors for definitive dx. Gl! ...Read more

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Whole upper right legs feels numb after doing sit ups, and hurts somewhere along upper leg. Had runners knee if that helps. What could cause the pain?

Could be nerve pain: It is best to get this checked out, but it could be nerve pain related to the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh. A medical term for this is meralgia paraesthetica. Basically there is a nerve that supplies this part of your leg that can relatively commonly become irritated and then numb. It would be best to see a sports medicine doctor or a neurologist for this condition. ...Read more

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My right shin became numb after a pilates class. I also fell on my right hip during class, so don't know which is the cause. Could it be from sit-ups?

My right shin became numb after a pilates class. I also fell on my right hip during class, so don't know which is the cause. Could it be from sit-ups?

May not be ready: Even seniors participate, pilates and various yoga position exercises but one has to be tuned before contemplating other wise may get hurt. It should be a joy to the body not jail sentence. Go slow you will be fine. ...Read more

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My right hip pops in my lower back when I do sit ups & causes calf cramps & inner hip pain after walking why? & is this some type of hip displacement?

Snapping Hip: This could be snapping hip syndrome usually caused by a tendon around your hip that moves as you flex or bend your hip causing to snap/pop as it goes around your hip bone. Physical therapy to stretch these muscles may help. ...Read more

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My son 6+15d and he is not bearing his weight on his legs. He is starting to sit t. What should I do for it?

Sounds normal: Infants will hold their legs out stiffly when held up until about 6 mo, they are not bearing weight but doing it as a reflex. The reflex fades before they can begin to control their legs in the upright position. At 6 mo they can generally sit briefly & get to sitting around 9m. Many can begin to pull to stand and cruise on furniture by 10-12 m which is when they can really bear weight. ...Read more

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Why my legs keep swelling, when I sit or stand....?

Why my legs keep swelling, when I sit or stand....?

High venous pressure: Leg edema reflects high pressure in leg veins. It's important to determine the cause: heart failure, often due to high blood pressure, heart valve disease or heart muscle weakness, or leg vein valve failure due to dilated veins, or leg vein blood clots form the most common causes of leg swelling. Treat by reducing the pressure, elevating legs, blood thinners and use of compression stockings. ...Read more