Having MS for almost 30 years, I know very well the importance of PT, exercising and stretching. Due to some health problems I have not been doing my calf stretches. My calf muscles are very, very tight. I was just getting back to my stretching routine, when I started getting pains in my right inner upper leg. It is now also in my lower back. Can this be from lack of stretching? I have had tests, and it is not my hip nor a bladder-kidney infection. Can it possibly be muscle related from tightness ? Thanks
The pains you are feeling can definitely be related to muscle tightness in the muscles of the inner thigh and in the back; especially if you spend the majority of the day sitting. Also, if you are altering the way you walk because of the stiffness in your legs, that could also be a potential cause of the increase in tightness. If you are someone who has spasticity, you may also be experiencing an increase in spasticity to those regions. If any of these are the reason for your pain, stretching will help!
Sarah Frank, PT, DPT, MSCS
Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
490 Blue Hills Ave.
Hartford, CT 06112