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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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Pulled right calf muscle 4 days ago; healing fine, but now right toes middle to pinkie are weak and won't bend completely. Left toes fine.

Pulled right calf muscle 4 days ago; healing fine, but now right toes middle to pinkie are weak and won't bend completely. Left toes fine.

Need an evaluation: I would be concerned of a nerve injury or nerve irritation. Please get evaluate either by your primary care physiican or an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

L5 nerve damage: Hello. Did you have a nerve conduction test (electrodes placed on skin to test problems with nerves) with muscle test part (We call "EMG") where a needle is placed in the muscle to listen for new or old changes in the muscles? If L5 related, pain & cramps should be outer hip, side of thigh & calf & top of foot to big toe. IF S1 nerve is involved, then butt, back of leg, outer foot 4th & 5th toe ...Read more

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Burning pain in top of leg, calf muscles feel like their tightening, inner tremor, tingle in side of face, hot showers cause weakness and tremor in legs?

Burning pain in top of leg, calf muscles feel like their tightening, inner tremor, tingle in side of face, hot showers cause weakness and tremor in legs?

MRI brain with FLAIR: The facial tingling and response to hot shower is concerning. Your neurologist will want to do a good exam and get an MRI of the head to exclude MS or clinically isolated syndrome. ...Read more

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Calf muscle and knee pain from4 mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

Calf muscle and knee pain from4 mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

May need more tests.: X-rays of the spine are useless unless there is a history of trauma. Vitamin tests do no tell you about your pains. Need more info. Did this occur after an injury, or change in activity? Are there bruises? Do you have corresponding tingling and numbness? It may be from your back, or it may be the knee, or it can be an auto immune thing like rheumatoid disease. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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I keep pulling the tendon below my calf muscle, and it happens every time I run. I, m not sure if it, s muscle or tendon below my calf.

I keep pulling the tendon below my calf muscle, and it happens every time I run. I, m not sure if it, s muscle or tendon below my calf.

I would think it is: Safe to assume it is time for you to see an orthopedist for a proper evaluation and management of your condition. The more you injure or reinjure this tissue the more you increase the chances of further injury or permenant damage. ...Read more

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Why do my calf muscles clam up?

Why do my calf muscles clam up?

Cramps: If you are older they amy due to a vascular obstruction. If you have them at rest they amy be due to magnesium or potassium deficiency or sometimes calcium deficiency. Also there are nerve damage problems from the low back to consider. It is probably good to ask you physician to sort all this out. ...Read more

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How can I cure a calf muscle injury?

How can I cure a calf muscle injury?

Physical therapy.: Some calf tears, or strains, can take 6-8 weeks to heal. Usually physical therapy is indicated to restore full function. ...Read more

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What are the tests for torn calf muscle?

What are the tests for torn calf muscle?

Exam, MRI: The most important test would a good physical exam
often this is overlooked or cursory
to evaluate the severity of a tear an MRI would be the next step
sometimes this can determine whether treatment is conservative or surgical. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to heal torn calf muscle?

Any tips on how to heal torn calf muscle?

Follow these steps: Frequent ice packs, compression bandage to the area of the injury,
take Ibuprofen or naproxen,
rest your calf muscle.
To help you remember what to do, here is a commonly used mnemonic: rice--rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Regimen of gentle stretching after the pain is gone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a torn calf muscle?

What are the symptoms of a torn calf muscle?

Pain, swelling: Usually it occurs secondary to sports such
as tennis or basketball
you will often feel a pop in the calf and will
end up with swelling and difficulty weightbearing on the leg
it is important to differentiate a calf injury from and achilles tendon injury which is likely
to require surgery. ...Read more

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What happens when one has a torn calf muscle?

Scarring: When the calf muscle tears, the muscle usually does not tear completely, it is more like the fibers are lengthened and then scar in. Usually people can return back to an active lifestyle. ...Read more

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How come I get severe pain in my calf muscles?

Have it evaluated: Your pain may be to a blood clot, overuse, neuropathy, muscle injury, tendonitis, nerve irritation, or possibly even a tumor. For calf pain with swelling you may need an ultrasound as soon as possible to prevent a potential fatal complication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How do you tape a torn calf muscle effectively?

Torn Calf Muscle: Immidiately after the injury, use ice locally, limit use of the injured leg use crutches for at least two wekks.
Compression with ace bandage
elevation of the leg
immobilisation of lower leg with cam
walker
and you may splint the ankle in natural position, foot at right angle with foot. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have injured my calf muscle?

How can I tell if I have injured my calf muscle?

Injured calf muscle: Generally, pain is the first indicator. As well as swelling, bruising, tenderness, limited range of motion at associated joint (s), etc. Have a doc check it out for you. ...Read more

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Any way to help knots in toddler's calf muscles?

Any way to help knots in toddler's calf muscles?

MASSAGE: Even massaging babies muscles as well as todllers muscles can hekp them with growing pains. ...Read more