What causes pain and tightness in the legs and difficulty walking?

Posted on Fri, 15 Nov 2019 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: i have pain and tightness in the back of my legs after i get up from sitting and have trouble walking. i am a 72 year old male in good health
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 39 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Can be related to osteoarthritis.

Detailed Answer:


The pain in the back of legs after getting up from a sitting position can be related to osteoarthritic changes. This can be due to a muscle spasm, nerve compression or L- carnitine deficiency also.

Right now you can start taking Tablet Tylenol ( Acetaminophen) Double Strength after breakfast and after dinner.

It is suggested to add calcium supplements 500mg each twice daily. This will take care of your mild symptoms in 3-5 days.

You can start with walking and aerobic fitness exercises, quadriceps strengthening, patellar taping, lateral heel wedges, etc- under the guidance of your physiotherapist.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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