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Old 01-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
Chas Tennis
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I've had some recurring upper quad/hip and lower leg/calf issues for over a year now. Depending on who I have seen over the past couple of months, the problem has gone from being a statin related issue (calve pain and strained muscles allegedly caused by the evil statins), an overpronation issue (resulting in a hyper strained calf/gastroc muscle - wearing orthodics now), a hypothyroid related issue (lower hormone cause hip pain/weak hip muscle), to herniated discs issue (three lower level herniations and/or buldges may be impinging nerve that affect lower leg - recently ruled out by EMG), and now to an inactive glute muscle that has caused/resulted in weak/tight hips (no clue what would have caused the glute to become inactive).

I've been doing some fascia streching training to help loosen the hip/glute muscle every other week for about a month and then also doing clam shells, fire hydrants, monster walks etc. for a few weeks, but the hip just doesn't seem to want to strengthen. Actually, the hip seems to be fine. I just go play tennis after sitting for weeks and after two sets, the glute muscle gets really sore and then seems to lock up after and the leg then feels weak. I just recently started physical therapy where I am undergoing some e-stim and dry needling treatment. At this point, I'm willing to give anything a try to get back on the Court.

Just curious if anyone else has inexperienced an "inactive glute muscle" and what it took, and how long it took, for your glute muscle to start "firing again."
I had calf cramps and thought that they were due to statins. I had a regular routine blood test to see if the statins were causing any common side effects, I believe it was a liver test of some kind. It was high so the Dr had me stop the statins temporarily to see if they were the cause. I took the opportunity to clean up my diet some more. The low density cholesterol number dropped and I went off statins. No more weird calf cramps. (I had gotten on statins originally because I failed just one blood test that must have had an error because the numbers did not add up as they should have regarding high triglycerides and total cholesterol. )

On the other issue, I did similar exercises to your clamshells, etc to correct weak gluteus medius. They were needed despite my years of tennis. Also,.. to stretch the piriformis. I believe that poor posture issues, especially in the hip area, have contributed to some of my leg injuries, meniscus tears, patellar-femoral pain, plantar faciitis, and mild Achilles pain. For some posts on this issue search gluteus medius Chas Tennis. Internet - trendlenberg test

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