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Doctor insights on: Thoracolumbar Paraspinal Muscles

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How much time does it take paraspinal muscles to heal in your neck?

How much time does it take paraspinal muscles to heal in your neck?

Depends: Hi
Depends on the injury and how large an area was involved, but I would expect that it could take weeks. Some injuries, like muscle tears and detachments may not heal fully on their own. Keep in mind also that there are other anatomical structures in the neck other than muscles that can be injured. If you're in severe pain, please see your local doctor. Hope this helps ...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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Can the paraspinal muscles be repaired if they tore? Who could evaluate, treat, diagnose a paraspinal tear? Can muscles pulled from neck be repaired?

Can the paraspinal muscles be repaired if they tore? Who could evaluate, treat, diagnose a paraspinal tear? Can muscles pulled from neck be repaired?

No, not Realy: Paraspinal muscles have good blood supply and may be expected to heal when the injury is supported. Ligaments can also be injured when muscles tear, and they do not heal easily. Prolotherapy is a technique to stabilize them. The issue is not repair, but how to maximize healing. A physiatrist who specializes in spine can diagnose and treat these injuries. ...Read more

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What are remedies on paraspinal muscle spasms?

Treatment of spasm: Treatment of paravertebral muscle spasm includes pharmacological (muscle relaxants) and non-pharmacological such as heating pad, massage, physical therapy and stretching. ...Read more

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What is paraspinal muscle spasm?

Spine muscle pains: Pain and tenderness in the large muscles near the spine are common with many forms of arthritis, strain, or injury. ...Read more

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Damaged paraspinal muscles in lower back. Was told by 3 spine surgeons that there is nothing surgically can be done please help?

Damaged paraspinal muscles in lower back. Was told by 3 spine surgeons that there is nothing surgically can be done please help?

They are right: First of all how was this "damage" caused and how was it diagnosed? When fusing spines for scoliosis I rip all the "paraspinal muscles" off the bone and they heal fine. I would suspect that your symptoms are due to something else. ...Read more

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Does tenderness of the paraspinal muscles near the shoulders indicate a neurological dysfunction?

Does tenderness of the paraspinal muscles near the shoulders indicate a neurological dysfunction?

Paraspinal tendernes: Not always. It could be inflammation in the muscle or from a strain. A physical exam and history would narrow the diagnoses ...Read more

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I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

Depends on diagnosis: I am assuming that you have seen multiple neurologists and neuro muscular specialists. It is not possible to predict the prognosis with the information provided. Your neuro muscular specialist will be in best position to tell. Please see one if you have not. ...Read more

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What is loss of normal lumbar lordosis paraspinal muscle spasm?

What is loss of normal lumbar lordosis paraspinal muscle spasm?

Lumbar lordosis: Lumbar lordosis is a normal inward curve of our lower spine. Our natural spinal curvature functions as a cushioning effect during movement. When the muscles that lie along the sides of the spine become tense with spasm, they pull the spine straighter than usual. This results in discomfort. ...Read more

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My mid to lower paraspinal muscles are constantly pulled. All mri's, xrays, and CT scans normal. Is there a condition that could cause this?

My mid to lower paraspinal muscles are constantly pulled. All mri's, xrays, and CT scans normal. Is there a condition that could cause this?

Lumbar strain: If all tests are normal its probably myofascial in origin. If an injury was part of this we call it lumbar strain. First stop should probably be physical therapy. ...Read more

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20 year old female with myositis ossificans in paraspinal muscles c6/c7. Could it irritate vagus nerve causing 144bpm heart rate, breathless, fatigue?

20 year old female with myositis ossificans in paraspinal muscles c6/c7. Could it irritate vagus nerve causing 144bpm heart rate, breathless, fatigue?

Myositis ossificans: The location of the muscle calcification is not located near the vagus nerve based on your location description. Would look for another source of complaints. ...Read more

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20yo female athlete with myositis ossificans in cervical paraspinal muscles. Can it cause nausea, fatigue over several months? Any possible treatmnt?

20yo female athlete with myositis ossificans in cervical paraspinal muscles. Can it cause nausea, fatigue over several months? Any possible treatmnt?

Not related: Myosotis ossificans (a form of heterotrophic ossification). Does not usually cause the symptoms described. Symptoms are usually localized to the ossification area. Treatment will depend on when the problem is discovered. It usually includes antinflammatories. In severe cases when the range of motion in the area is significantly affected surgery for removal of the bone is considered. ...Read more

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What foods can strengthen muscles as I can't exercise I have divericulation of abdomen recti and slight herniation. Dr.S?

See a surgeon!: A diastasis of the rectus muscles (no such thing as a diverticulation of abdomen recti) should not Prohibit you from exercising! A hernia may but that can be fixed. Go see a general surgeon about your hernia. It can be fixed, and then 6 weeks later, you can get back to full physical activity! ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which muscle/s help in breathing?

Any suggestions on which muscle/s help in breathing?

Muscles: Muscles involved with breathing are: intercostal muscles, diaphragm, abdominal muscles, pharyngeal muscles, and smooth muscles which line the bronchi. ...Read more

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Please explain which exercise (s) work the same muscles as a chin-up?

Please explain which exercise (s) work the same muscles as a chin-up?

Pull-up vs chin-up: Check out following for differences btwn pull-ups vs chin-ups, both of which work the back, arms & shoulders but from different perspectives & to different degrees: http://www. Mensfitness. Com/training/build-muscle/exercise-face-off-pull-up-vs-chin-up & http://www. Aworkoutroutine. Com/pull-ups-vs-chin-ups/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which exercise (s) work the same muscles as a chin-up?

Can you tell me which exercise (s) work the same muscles as a chin-up?

Many: The chin up involves your forearms (wrist flexors/grip), biceps and lattisimus dorsi (back). So pulls up are close but more difficult related to the wrist pronation. "Lat pull downs" are a mimic for pull ups (but seated). Rowing motions, like seated cable rows, bent over dumbbell rows or inverted rows, will also work similar muscles but at different angles. ...Read more

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So by the muscle s loosing up at 34weeks do that mean labor is closer then I should expect?

Sounds normal: Loosening of the muscles is a normal part of pregnancy. If your contractions increase then that would be a different issue. ...Read more

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If I have s muscle tear of bout 1 1/2 inches and did not operate on it, will I be paralysed?

If I have s muscle tear of bout 1 1/2 inches and did not operate on it, will I be paralysed?

Muscles: Muscle tears do not lead to paralysis. Injuries to the spinal cord lead to paralysis. Sounds like you'll be ok. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in what I think is my erector spinae...? The muscle (s) will contract and get very stiff and won't relax for hours. Causes/cures?

Musculoskeletal pain: You are describing significant pain and spasm in your back muscle. This is almost always related to primary muscular strain. It does not sound like a disc problem. Stretching, heat and massage would all be helpful. If you're doing some athletic activity or workout, this may be aggravating your back. Be careful with proper lifting mechanics. Do you have a new mattress? Pillow between legs at night. ...Read more

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Lost much muscle from having p.O.T.S and depression made me decondition what's the best way to recondition my body? I feel im trying too hard/too quick

Lost much muscle from having p.O.T.S and depression made me decondition what's the best way to recondition my body? I feel im trying too hard/too quick

Fitness: Begin slowly, 20 minutes of walking, mild aerobic activity three times a week. Increase your time to 30 minutes in two weeks, then 30 minutes and when you feel able to 4 aerobic workouts a week for 40 minutes. In the first month start a weight resistance routine as well, upper body exercises for at least 30 minutes twice a week. Focus your diet on plant based protein and be patient with yourself. ...Read more

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How to get muscle?

How to get muscle?

Diet ; exercise: More muscle needs a program of weight lifting as well as a balanced diet, ; protein supplements during ur heavy workouts ;on ur light days do cardiovascular exercises, also adequate sleep. C an atc @ a health club and get set up with a program tailored 2 ur needs ; abilities. ...Read more

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How to gain muscle?

How to gain muscle?

Work muscles harder: If muscles are used repeatedly until they tire, but are not injured, then they will grow bigger and stronger! If one does not eat or drink more calories than he uses during exercise, then his body will burn up fat for fuel. However, if he drinks a big orange juice (about 300 calories) while exercising, and exercises away only 200 calories, he will still get chubbier even though he is exercising. ...Read more

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How to gain muscle?

How to gain muscle?

Resistance training: To build mass, work the muscle group in question hard. Maximum resistance, 8-10 repetitions per set, three sets, 3-4x/week. Several different types of exercise. Creatine and an electronic muscle stimulator if okay by your physician. Eat sensibly and moderately with enough lean protein. Anabolic steroids give mass but harm you as a person. ...Read more

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How to gain muscle?

How to gain muscle?

Work hard: You gain muscle by subjecting your body to a load that it cannot handle, allow appropriate time and rest for your body to accomodate, and provide your body with the appropriate nutrition to support that activity. That translates into hard work in the gym while avoiding overtraining, getting enough sleep, and eating a well balanced diet. There are no safe, legal shortcuts. ...Read more

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How can I build muscle at 75?

How can I build muscle at 75?

Yes!: First get clearance from your family physician or geriatrician, then start exercising. There's no day like today to start! You don't need to go to the gym or buy any fancy equipment. Just try a few push ups, squats and a short walk to start. You can also curl & press cans of food and graduate up to gallons of water. Don't forget proper nutrition w/plenty of lean protein, fiber & healthy fats. ...Read more

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Why is muscle denser than fat?

The compositions: Are different. Fat has a density of 0.9 g / ml and muscle has a density of 1.1 g/ml. ...Read more

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Is muscle much heavier than fat?

More dense: Muscle is more dense than fat- this is why fat floats in water, while muscle sinks. ...Read more

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Which muscles are affected first?

Muscles affected.: The question doesn't make sense. Please rephrase. ...Read more

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How to get highly defined muscle?

How to get highly defined muscle?

Hard work: You can get highly defined muscles by decreasing your body fat and improving the tone and bulk of your muscles, just be sure not to decrease your body fat too much. Following a well balanced diet that provides enough calorie/protein/nutrients and engaging in a fitness program that involves cardio and resistance exercises will get it done. ...Read more

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How to build muscle but stay lean?

How to build muscle but stay lean?

Multiple factors: diet with additional protein. strength training. Diet balance willl control fat vs. Muscle. Higher protein can help build muscle ...Read more

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What should I take to build muscle?

What should I take to build muscle?

Ideas here: Creatine is a safe and effective supplement to a well-thought-out program of resistance training and adequate protein intake. I hope you'll decide against anabolic steroids; I've known men who've tried them and all were sorry in the long run. Remember most women prefer a lean man with moderate muscle mass to a man who's "huge". Good luck with this project. ...Read more

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What kind of dr deals with muscles?

It depends: On what the muscle problem is. A primary care provider would be a good place to start. Muscle doctors might include rheumatologists, orthopedists, geneticists, endocrinologists, etc. Starting with a pcp should give you a good idea where to go next. ...Read more

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How could I build muscle but stay lean?

How could I build muscle but stay lean?

Diet is key: If you decide you're going to eat only when you're physically hungry, and recognize appetite ('mmm, that looks good'; 'i'm going to eat to reward myself / reduce stress') as not a good reason to eat, you'll trim down, especially if you're exercising at the same time. Make friends with and eat with athletes who are farther along than you. Your goal is praiseworthy. ...Read more