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What causes a muscle knot and what is it exactly?
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Could be...
A muscle spasm, or it could be an injury or tear in the muscle.
Either way, if you have significant weakness in a muscle, or loss of range of motion of a joint, can't walk, or can't reach or hold a object in your hand, you should see a doctor without delay. Imple muscle knots or spasms are frequently related to too little or too much stretching of the muscles. Yoga or tai chi may abe helpful.

In brief: Could be...
A muscle spasm, or it could be an injury or tear in the muscle.
Either way, if you have significant weakness in a muscle, or loss of range of motion of a joint, can't walk, or can't reach or hold a object in your hand, you should see a doctor without delay. Imple muscle knots or spasms are frequently related to too little or too much stretching of the muscles. Yoga or tai chi may abe helpful.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
Answer assisted by Mike Moore, Medical Student
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Another thought
A "knot" in a muscle could also be a herniated trigger point.
This is a relatively knew concept from the fascial distortion model of osteopathic medicine. Essentially, a piece of muscle from a deeper layer pokes through a hole in another layer, causing a knot, pain and limited movement. The treatment: simply push the knot back through the hole, with proper training of course.

In brief: Another thought
A "knot" in a muscle could also be a herniated trigger point.
This is a relatively knew concept from the fascial distortion model of osteopathic medicine. Essentially, a piece of muscle from a deeper layer pokes through a hole in another layer, causing a knot, pain and limited movement. The treatment: simply push the knot back through the hole, with proper training of course.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
Thank
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