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Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

Frequently: The hamstring muscles insert directly on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities. The degree of hamstring tightness directly influences the curve of the lower lumbar spine. Tight hamstrings flatten out the normal curvature which tends to cause poor weight bearing characteristics in the lumbar spine. Stretching the hamstrings is an important part of back exercises. ...Read more

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Leg stiffness and possible leg cramps when lying lying down?

Leg stiffness and possible leg cramps when lying lying down?

Nocturnal leg cramps: This may be nocturnal leg cramps. The best treatment for this is quinine, but now the fda does not allow quinine to be used for this. It is very effective for this, does have side effects, but has never had formal testing. There are a lot of medicines we have learned to use which it never had formal fda testing. Unfortunately this is one we can't use anymore. Available treatment is now stretchingmaintain electrolyte balance. ...Read more

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Pain in lower abdominal muscle on left side only when doing decline bench curls or straight left leg lift laying down? What to do? Maybe hip flexor?

Pain in lower abdominal muscle on left side only when doing decline bench curls or straight left leg lift laying down?  What to do?  Maybe hip flexor?

Need exam: Your location of your pain could indeed be due to a hip flexor/adductor muscle strain but it could be several other things as well, including hernias and other intraabdominal or pelvic causes. See your family physician for exam and possible referral to specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Oa of right knee. Aches while walking and turning right leg in sleep. Carrying out preliminary leg exercises.

Oa of right knee. Aches while walking and turning right leg in sleep. Carrying out preliminary leg exercises.

Exercise: The exercise is good but you may want to try non weight bearing exercises like swimming or pool areobics. A knee wrap or analgesic balm can be helpful at night. Otc meds like aleve (naproxen) are also helpful but take with food. And finally, I use a herbal product available online by the name of ' pains all gone' i keep a bottle at my bedside and a bottle in the office to use when regular meds fail. ...Read more

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Upper leg calf cramp 2 days ago from swimming, hurts to straighten leg or flex foot and use heel to walk. Have always had tight leg muscles.

Upper leg calf cramp 2 days ago from swimming, hurts to straighten leg or flex foot and use heel to walk. Have always had tight leg muscles.

Muscle Pain: If there was no trauma like hitting your leg against the wall etc.Then it is pain in muscles after over use.It is common in people who do not do exercises routinely including swimming& your muscles are not used to it.With any kind of Physical Exercise you need to condition yourself.Starting small and gradually increasing the activity I suggest you rest your leg and take Ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) for Pain ...Read more

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Weights gym safe disc bulge L 4 5 mirror doing leg press that seated and squats and lunges I no got build up core?

Weights gym safe disc bulge L 4 5 mirror doing leg press that seated and squats and lunges I no got build up core?

Back pain: Lunges and squats really put a lot of stress on the low back. You risk converting a bulging disc into a herniated disc. Isometric exercises are better to build the core muscles. A weight lifting belt can protect the low back if you have to do the lunges and squats. Consult with a personal trainer to avoid further injury to the low back. ...Read more

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Exercises to straight the uneven shoulder?

Exercises to straight the uneven shoulder?

Depends: You need to know why your shoulder is uneven. Skeletal issues including scoliosis can give the appearance that one shoulder is lower than the other. Nerve entrapment can cause atrophy and thus asymmetry. Muscle imbalance is certainly a possibility and can be helped with exercise guided by a physical therapist. See your local doc first for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain in lower right back above buttocks. Travels down leg. Knee pain shooting down leg when crossing legs. No knee swelling, full weight bearing.

Pain in lower right back above buttocks. Travels down leg. Knee pain shooting down leg when crossing legs. No knee swelling, full weight bearing.

Sciatica: It is very likely you have sciatica. The sciatic nerve can be irritated with by many things. Recommend NSAIDs, exercise and ab strengthening. Sleep and sit on hard NOT soft surfaces. If not better definitive treatment is medrol dose pak and/or PT. ...Read more

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Does glute bridging help stretch hip flexors?

Does glute bridging help stretch hip flexors?

Strengthen: The hip flexors pull the upper leg up at the hip, allows us to lift our knees and bend at the waist. There are five muscles that connect the femur to the pelvis. Stretching and strengthening the hip flexors is important to avoid injury and increase performance. ...Read more

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While doing seated calf raises, developed lower back pain, what?

While doing seated calf raises, developed lower back pain, what?

?strain/sprain: See how things go over next 3 or 4 days, as a basic strain in the lower back should resolve rapidly unless re-injured. If persistent, might be of value to see your doctor and possibly get imaging studies. A physical therapist could help turn this around. ...Read more

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While lying down with pointed toes & straight legs stretch legs as hard as possible. Can this overstretch leg ligaments?

While lying down with pointed toes & straight legs stretch legs as hard as possible. Can this overstretch leg ligaments?

Generally no. : Over stretching of ligaments usually occur from an injury (athletic or traumatic). This is considered an "active" stretch of the ligament involved. What you are describing is a "passive" stretch which generally do not cause an injury. ...Read more

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What are best exercises for leg adductor and abductor muscles?

What are best exercises for leg adductor and abductor muscles?

Ball exercises: Leg adductor exercises can made more effective with squeezing a large inflatable yoga ball. Leg abductor exercises with a light 5-10 ankle while lying on your side can be very effective to build these mesclun groups. ...Read more