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Doctor insights on: What Muscles Does Rope Climbing Work

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I was gorge walking Thursday (walking in rivers climbing rocks and jumping from heights) and I hit my knee on a rock and pulled two muscles should I get crutches?

I was gorge walking Thursday (walking in rivers climbing rocks and jumping from heights) and I hit my knee on a rock and pulled two muscles should I get crutches?

How bad is pain?: Crutches are used when you have an unstable injury (broken bone/ligament injury) and to help pain. Without an exam it's hard to say what you need; but without fracture or internal derangement of knee ligaments I tell patients who use crutches to do "toe touch weight bearing". In other words put as much weight on hurt leg as you comfortably can while walking on crutches to speed healing. ...Read more

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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I'm on my second day of 40 mg of prednisone because of cat allergies . My leg muscles burn when I climb stairs today. Is this normal?

I'm on my second day of 40 mg of prednisone because of cat allergies . My leg muscles burn when I climb stairs today. Is this normal?

Overkill: Some people developed muscle weakness from high-dose prednisone which may be further aggravated by the effect of prednisone in reducing blood potassium level. If the weakness leading to muscle spasm, that's a possibility. Having said that, burning muscle is not an expected side effect from Prednisone. Taking prednisone for cat allergy is an overkill and thus an allergy consult may be worthwhile. ...Read more

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What's the best way to heal a pulled muscle from rock climbing?

What's the best way to heal a pulled muscle from rock climbing?

NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve. Follow directions on label. Ice for about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20-25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. Walking, gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. ...Read more

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My wife had an injury in her left knee which has recovered, but her left thigh muscle has become very week. She is unable to climb stairs. Any advise?

My wife had an injury in her left knee which has recovered, but her left thigh muscle has become very week. She is unable to climb stairs. Any advise?

Rehab knee injury: If the weakness of the muscles is due to the knee injury, then a rehabilitation program is indicated. With an acute knee injury (eg., sprain), subsequent leg weakness is unusual since these heal in about a week. For ligament sprains/tears, etc. The inability to use the knee/leg for an extended period of time lets the muscles become very week. The treatment is physical therapy until healed. ...Read more

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Is rock climbing an effective way to tone and build lean muscle?

Is rock climbing an effective way to tone and build lean muscle?

Oh yeah: Take it slow but rock climbers are well conditoned athletes, have to be, especially before you learn the most energy efficient moves. Try it out, its why the walls are found in so many gyms. ...Read more

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I have pain in the muscle just above both of my knees which is making it hard for me to walk and climb down stairs and slopes?

I have pain in the muscle just above both of my knees which is making it hard for me to walk and climb down stairs and slopes?

Growing Pains: Without any more information to go on this could very well be what we call growing pains. Teenagers go through periods when their longest bones are growing that can be quite painful. You are on the right track with ibuprofen. You may want to apply heat or have a massage. Your mom or day may also be able to help. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in both my legs from climbing all weekend. What do I do for relief?

Muscle pain in both my legs from climbing all weekend. What do I do for relief?

Rest, ibuprofen, ice: Simple things like rest, some Ibuprofen 400-600mg 3x/day with food, and icing if it's within the first 48 hours. Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of fluids. No magic bullet for the pain to go away other than rest. It's great you were active all weekend though! ...Read more