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Doctor insights on: What Is The Best Treatment For Difficulty Climbing Stairs

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Would simple deconditioning give people difficulty climbing stairs?

Would simple deconditioning give people difficulty climbing stairs?

Inactivity, injury: If one walks up steps, especially if overweight and/or out of shape, there can be aching in the muscles used most, thigh quadriceps. There can also be balance problems. No matter how deconditioning occurred, if someone is having problems climbing stairs that typically would not have been a challenge or caused pain, it might be time to see pcp/ physiatrist/pt provider for evaluation/exercise plan. ...Read more

Difficulty Climbing Stairs (Definition)

Difficulty climbing stairs is a symptom in which a person has trouble going up steps, maybe due to heart failure, breathing problems, muscle ...Read more


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What could cause someone to have difficulty climbing maybe 6 stairs?

Difficulty climbing: Many possibilities. It sounds as if you should contact your doctor to find out what is wrong. You will need an examination and probably some tests. ...Read more

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Having trouble with my legs. Can't stand long, legs go numb. Climbing stairs a problem.?

Having trouble with my legs.  Can't stand long, legs go numb. Climbing stairs a problem.?

Could be stenosis: When standing, spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine usually becomes more symptomatic. In other words, the pain or numbness in the legs gets worse. I recommend evaluation by your doctor who could order tests such as x-rays, MRI or a ct scan of your low back and check for other possible causes of your complaints. ...Read more

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Knee problem, very painful, getting up from sitting position..Climbing stairs..And now a lump on back of knee..On feet all day as contractor. Any idea?

Knee problem, very painful, getting up from sitting position..Climbing stairs..And now a lump on back of knee..On feet all day as contractor. Any idea?

Baker's cyst ?: Should see orthopedist and probably have an MRI of the affected knee. It can give an anatomic reason for the discomfort and verify if that lump is a baker's cyst. ...Read more

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My left knee and hip keep hurting whenever i put all my weight on it. ex: climbing stairs. i didn't do anything physically demanding recently?

My left knee and hip keep hurting whenever i put all my weight on it. ex: climbing stairs. i didn't do anything physically demanding recently?

Call your doctor: There are many minor injuries that may have occurred without you realizing it.It's most likely a soft tissue injury but you really need to be examined by your doctor to know whether or not you need x-rays to rule out a bony injury.You can try Naproxen or Motrin for a few days but if not improved, you should call your doctor and be seen for further evaluation.You may benefit from physical therapy. ...Read more

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My son is 4 yo and he still doesn't alternate his feet when climbing stairs. He can ride a bicycle very well, jump and kick a ball. Should I worry?

My son is 4 yo and he still doesn't alternate his feet when climbing stairs. He can ride a bicycle very well, jump and kick a ball. Should I worry?

4 year milestones: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-4yr.html Check out this list of expected milestones for a 4 year old. If he is unable to perform several of the activities on this list, please see your pediatrician for evaluation. ...Read more

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My left leg gave away while climbing stairs. Almost fell but didn't. Doctor checked out and said it is manifestation of pain. Thoughts?

My left leg gave away while climbing stairs.  Almost fell but didn't.  Doctor checked out and said it is manifestation of pain. Thoughts?

Protection: The body protects itself. When you have a small bit a cartilage floating around the knee joint and go to bear weight, your body stops you from injuring itself. The giving way is your body not allowing to bring your full weight down and injuring the surface of the joint further. ...Read more

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Why does a person get short of breathness and headaches when climbing stairs?

Why does a person get short of breathness and headaches when climbing stairs?

That person might be: Deconditioned. A medical evaluation would probably provide a more definitive answer to this question. ...Read more