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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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I have spinal stenosis and I am having bi lateral hamstring tightness/pain. What levels can contribute to these symptoms?

I have spinal stenosis and I am having bi lateral hamstring tightness/pain. What levels can contribute to these symptoms?

Sciatic nerve-tibial: Lumbar spine stenosis (narrowing) usually affects all structures below the site of spinal cord constriction. The hamstrings are innervated by a branch (ant. Tibial) of the sciatic nerve (l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) s3 origin) the word ham originally referred to the fat and muscle behind the knee. String refers to tendons. The 3 muscles of the posterior thigh: semitendinosus, semimembranosus, biceps femoris. ...Read more

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Tight hamstrings & bilat shooting pain dwn thighs x4months. Runner. Previously flexible. Have ctd. Md quickly dx'd me w/hamstring pull. Referred me to pt?

Hamstrings: Trial of pt and non steroidal anti inflammatory agents would be of help for hamstring pull along with rest and gradual increase in exercise and stretching. Consider further work up if no response. ...Read more

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I have tightness on pain on hamstrings on both legs. Originally only on right leg, but now both legs. What is best treatment?

Drug adverse effect: Although the commonest cause of such symptoms is muscle strain or overuse but it can also be the side effect of Doxepin. Talk to your Psychiatrist or the physician who prescribed it. ...Read more

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What cardio exercises can I do with a pulled/tight hamstring?

What cardio exercises can I do with a pulled/tight hamstring?

Swimming: Rehab of a injured hamstring should be done with consultation of a physical therapist. These can be nagging prolonged injuries. Swimming is a choice for cardio curing rehab. Use pain as your guide. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Six weeks ago I did the side splits without stretching and heard a loud pop. My hamstring has been tight since. Is there irreversible damage?

Six weeks ago I did the side splits without stretching and heard a loud pop. My hamstring has been tight since. Is there irreversible damage?

Hamstring: If it is still hurting 6 weeks after the injury I would suggest having it looked at. If it is a hamstring injury is in the muscle, they usually do well with rest and therapy. If the hamstring tendon has pulled off the bone, they will occasionally need to be repaired but most of those also do well with nonoperative treatment. ...Read more

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My hamstrings are always tight no matter how much I stretch. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

My hamstrings are always tight no matter how much I stretch. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

Tough issue: See an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and discuss with them. You may have an orthopedic issue that needs addressing. ...Read more

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Can tight hamstrings be weak or strong?

Can tight hamstrings be weak or strong?

Weak: If your hamstrings are tight and restricted it will effect the overall strength and endurance of the muscle. Contracted & restricted muscle and tendon groups are not as efficient with contraction and relaxation which influences the strength of the muscle. It also lends to potential micro trauma and injury secondary to imbalances in the overall biomechanics of the muscle group. ...Read more

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Can extremely tight hamstrings cause postural problems?

Can extremely tight hamstrings cause postural problems?

Absolutely: Men more so than women suffer from tight hamstrings. Low back, hip and knee pain can result from this condition. Shortened stride will also occur. Stretching can usually help along with a well-rounded fitness program. ...Read more

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What would cause tight hamstrings, painful flutes and lower back when bending? Not from a physical activity.

What would cause tight hamstrings, painful flutes and lower back when bending? Not from a physical activity.

These symptoms sou--: Nd typical of inactivity for a long time. You need to start moving and do some bending/extending of the back/ /hips/knees. Start slow ; gradually build up the reps/frequency, so to develop muscles ; get them loose (limbered) so when you do these activities, they are not so painful or tight. Muscle relaxers may also help, but I believe the exercises to stretch ; strengthen will help more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Injury prone (hamstrings): could food intolerance cause my muscular injuries and overall tightness in that area?

Injury prone (hamstrings): could food intolerance cause my muscular injuries and overall tightness in that area?

Not likely: It is more probable that dehydration or electrolyte deficiency is the problem. There are also medications, like statins and some antibiotics, that can set you up for muscle and tendon injuries. ...Read more

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What do you think about the technique of dry needling for tight hamstrings? Is it safe and effective? Who is best to see for this?? 5k10/15-my 1st.

Typically safe: Dry needling is a technique typically very safe in the hands of an experienced clinician, often a physical therapist or chiropractor. There are many theories regarding how it can work. Although damage is very rare, some patients do have more pain and soreness for a couple of days after needling. If I can be of help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

Stretching: Stretching stretching stretching. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out here. Stretching at the end of a workout gets great results for muscle and tendon lengthening. Stretching 6 hours and 24 hours later reduces swelling that naturally results from muscle workouts. So the answer is stretching stretching stretching! ...Read more