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What is psoas muscle contracture?

What is psoas muscle contracture?

Loss of hip motion: Inability to get the hip totally straight. The psoas muscle, which helps to flex the hip forward, may become shorted or contracted, either from a neurological condition or if someone has been sitting with the hip flexed (as with someone who spends a bunch of time in a wheelchair). Therapy to stretch the hip can help but sometimes surgery to release or lengthen the tendon is required. ...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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I recently had a lamectomy and now have intense muscle spasms spasms in lower extremities and abdomen daily. Related?

I recently had a lamectomy and now have intense muscle spasms spasms in lower extremities and abdomen daily. Related?

Maybe: Timing of the symptoms is important as well as location. How long ago was your operation? The longer the delay from surgery, the less likely the two are connected. Best person to ask about this is your operating surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to sleep 2-5 hours per night for extended periods? I have made it a practice to meditate before sleeping, going through and relaxing each muscle group in turn from my extremities inward while listening to looping sounds of thunderstorms. Sin

Sleep : Sleep requirements are a very personal thing. Most people need 7 to 8 hours of sleep in order to feel awake and fully functional the following day. There are those few select individuals who can get by with fewer hours of sleep and be unaffected by it and there are others that require more. The key is getting to a level of rem sleep, so called because it is noted that the eyes move rapidly. This is the most restful stage of sleep where the body recharges itself. Individuals cycle into and out of rem sleep several times a night. This is why it is important to have a sufficient amount of time asleep in order for the body to recover from a days activities. The most important aspect of sleep is to maintain a regular sleep and wake pattern seven days a week. Follow the link for information regarding good sleep habits. Without knowing your full medical history it is difficult to assess the long term consequences of 4 hours of sleep a night for you. I am personally aware of one individual that functions well in a high pressure career with that little sleep but it is impossible to predict the long term consequences. ...Read more

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I am 40 with unexplained lower extremity parapasesis. I cant move anything waist down. how much muscle loss/ nerve loss to expect.

I am 40 with unexplained lower extremity parapasesis.  I cant move anything waist down.  how much muscle loss/ nerve loss to expect.

Insufficient data: First of all, "paraparesis" MEANS lower extremity weakness. What does "unexplained" mean? That you can't explain it, or your doctors can't? Are you absolutely sure they didn't find a cause? Some patients just don't get it the first time around. - If the weakness is from the CNS (spinal cord), you'll get disuse atrophy. If PNS (lumbosacral plexus), you'll get neurogenic atrophy - much worse. ...Read more

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Muscles in extremities feel weak and heavy as tho no circulation or as if they were slowing turning to stone. Sudden and constant why?

Muscles in extremities feel weak and heavy as tho no circulation or as if they were slowing turning to stone. Sudden and constant why?

More testing needed: Hello Delores, It appears as though you have had quite a few tests on your way to a diagnosis of this problem. The testing, it appears is examining the cardiovascular system. Very wise to do so. With a low grade fever we might consider infection of some sort. I believe that testing of the neurological system should be included also. Your doctor can refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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I'm a 21 yo male, was house bound for 4 years with depression, rarely saw daylight..Now i'm normal, but muscle in my limbs is barely there. Wat can do?

I'm a 21 yo male, was house bound for 4 years with depression, rarely saw daylight..Now i'm normal, but muscle in my limbs is barely there. Wat can do?

See a doctor: I would discuss with your pcp and come up with a plan. Sounds like you have atrophied (wasted away) some of your muscle. If you are having any mobility or strength difficulties, might need to see an occupational therapist or a trainer. ...Read more

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Contracture (Definition)

Persistent joint contracture is a symptom in which a person's joint is somewhat or completely stuck in one position, due to the tightness of the muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments that attach to the joint or to the bones that ...Read more


Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more