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Sports Medicine

Tired Legs

05/25/2010

Question:

My son has been complaining that one of his legs feels heavy and tired. He is very active, plays soccer, runs, bikes, etc. What could be causing this?

Answer:

The possible causes for these symptoms are numerous, including circulatory (arterial or venous) problems, musculoskeletal problems (such as lower back or hip problems), or neuromuscular problems (involving the central [brain or spinal cord] or peripheral [nerve roots, peripheral nerves, or nerve-muscle junctions] nervous system, or involving muscle structure/function).

A medical evaluation (including a complete history, physical examination, and possibly diagnostic studies) by his physician is certainly appropriate, as may also be a referral to a neuromuscular physician specialist.

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University