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What makes leg muscles sore and weak?

What makes leg muscles sore and weak?

Deconditioning: Deconditioning, also called disuse atrophy (due to sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity) is the most common cause in north america. Other causes include vascular (blockages of arteries down the leg) or spinal stenosis (tightening around spinal nerves). If not better with daily running - walking - stationary bike - rowing machine use for 6-8 weeks, have your family doc start the workup. ...Read more

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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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What makes your limb joint stiff?

What makes your limb joint stiff?

Tight: Tight joint comes from tight capsular lining, inflamed synovium, tight or contracted muscles. ...Read more

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What makes a strained muscle better?

What makes a strained muscle better?

Keep it simple: A sprain is when a ligament or tendon is injured by overstretching. There may be minimal or quite a bit of damage to it. Inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, and swelling) occurs as a natural healing process. The key is to minimize further damage while keeping the area flexible and mobile. Ice massage (24-36 hours), compression and elevation are the keys to maximize healing.Motrin/advil help. ...Read more

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What muscles cause a stiff neck?

What muscles cause a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Some are Trapezius, Platysma, Sternomastoid, Scalene muscles. ...Read more

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What can make hamstrings weak and inflexible? It's so bad it makes me wobbly when i'm standing.

What can make hamstrings weak and inflexible? It's so bad it makes me wobbly when i'm standing.

May be more than: Hamstrings. It is not likely that there is an isolated issue with hamstrings. You need an evaluation with detailed history, physical examination and depending on findings, lab tests and neurologic examination. If the symptoms has lasted more than two weeks, it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can tight neck muscles make me have headaches when laughing?

Can tight neck muscles make me have headaches when laughing?

Yes: flexion and extension movements of the neck during vigorous laughing can cause muscle spasm which is transmitted to the occipital region and then can cause a tension type of headache. ...Read more

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My arm (elbow down) is incredibly sore and the muscles are really tight. What can I do to loosen the muscles?

My arm (elbow down) is incredibly sore and the muscles are really tight. What can I do to loosen the muscles?

Consider PT: Consider physical therapy and modalities such as massage therapy, heat & ice, etc. as well as appropriate use of a brace/supporter during times of exertion/exercises/sports. ...Read more

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What causes your joints and muscles to stiffen?

What causes your joints and muscles to stiffen?

Stiff joints: Lots of things can do this. Overdoing it with certain activities/exercize, lack of activity such as being bedridden for a while. If these symptoms continue or worsen or swelling appears discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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What makes your legs feel heavy? And hard to walk

What makes your legs feel heavy?  And hard to walk

Depends: Heaviness in the legs can have several causes, including circulation problems ("vascular claudication"), nerve-related issues ("neurogenic claudication"), muscle fatigue, muscle conditions, and general deconditioning. If your problem persists, it is worth visiting with your doctor. Take note of any symptoms affecting your arms or your bladder-- that can help the doctor sort through your problem. ...Read more

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I get cold chills when everyone is not cold. I constantly worry, muscle twitches, sore joints, shortness of breath, and muscle tension. What is wrong?

I get cold chills when everyone is not cold. I constantly worry, muscle twitches, sore joints, shortness of breath, and muscle tension. What is wrong?

impossible to say: Can't say in this brief forum but you sound stressed out - does that fit? All of your symptoms could certainly be explained by hyperventilation and tension. Shaking chills are ominous if they're followed by fever. Independently, they're not significant/worrisome. Have you had a full checkup? ...Read more

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What makes a strained muscle over night better?

What makes a strained muscle over night better?

Not possible.: Strained muscle have torn fibers of muscle and connective tissue. You can improve symptoms more quickly than you can the sprain. This is why so many athletes re-sprain muscle. Takes several weeks! sorry. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is flexible muscles better than tight muscles?

Can you tell me is flexible muscles better than tight muscles?

Flexible is better: If you work out it is important to maintain flexibility to help prevent injuries. Warm up first before you stretch since the muscles will stretch better when they are warm. ...Read more

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What is hip flexion and what muscles create it?

What is hip flexion and what muscles create it?

Bend knee to chest: The following are hip flexors. The iliopsoas or inner hip muscles are made up of the psoas major, psoas minor, iliacus muscle. The anterior compartment of thigh muscles include the rectus femoris (part of the quadriceps muscle group), & sartorius. One of the gluteal muscles (tensor fasciae latae) & the muscles of the medial compartment of thigh (pectineus, adductor longus & brevis, & gracilis). ...Read more

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Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow.  Stretching muscles hurts.  Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

YES!: Gentle stretching can actually speed up and improve the healing of sore, knotted muscles. Try not to overdo it with painful stretches or bounce around while stretching, but gentle stretches a few times a day will loosen spasm and contraction in sore muscles after a workout. Always see a physician if muscles become extremely painful or muscle pain does not go away within 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

Sure, be gentle: Muscles in our body contract when used. They can cramp up from overworking, as can be seen with exercise. Ice initially for a couple of days followed by heat and gentle stretching and massage along with antiinflammatories can be helpful. Do not exercise or stretch aggressively as this will only further injure the sore muscles. If pain persists see an orthopedist. Feel better! ...Read more

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What makes your body ache?

What makes your body ache?

INFLAMMATION: Inflammation on your muscles, tendons or bones. Causes are multiple, from arthritis and bursitis/tendonitis, to infections, medications, even some herbal products, injury, etc. ...Read more

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