Fairfield, CT – The rising popularity of intense exercise carries a little-known but very real health risk known as rhabdomyolysis, says a Fairfield County attorney.
Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle tissue, which releases toxins into the bloodstream. These toxins are filtered by the kidneys, but can damage kidney cells. This can lead to kidney failure and in rare cases, death. Rhabdomyolysis can also lead to a condition called compartment syndrome that can damage muscle and restrict blood flow.
“Exercise is something we should all be doing to stay healthy,” said Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford County personal injury attorney Jeremy Vishno of Vishno Law Firm. “But some people get thrown into an intense exercise regimen too soon by overly aggressive, or inexperienced trainers, both privately and in health clubs, and that can put their health in danger.”
Nationwide, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis every year. Vishno said a friend of his was diagnosed with the condition and almost died from it after an overly rigorous initial workout with a personal trainer. Sometimes, achieving personal bests is better reserved for later in your workout progression.
Rhabdomyolysis has been linked to high-intensity workouts such as Spinning, CrossFit and P90X. One study examined the cases of 3 people who developed it after just one spin class.
Attempting a high-intensity workout at an inadequate fitness level is a risk factor of developing rhabdomyolysis. Others are exercising in hot and humid conditions, inadequate recovery time between exercises and inadequate or improper hydration.
Symptoms can include brown urine, muscle pain or soreness, swollen thighs, inability to bend the knees, nausea, weakness, vomiting and confusion. Vishno said anyone who experiences these symptoms during or after exercise should seek medical attention immediately. If you feel that your condition was caused by improper supervision and/or guidance in a professional health club or with a personal trainer, make sure to get early legal advice on your rights. Contact Vishno Law Firm for a free consultation.
When beginning a new type of workout, it’s important to be slow and gradual, according to Dr. Maureen Brogan, associate professor of medicine at New York Medical College in a recent CNN story about the condition.
Vishno said that in some cases of rhabdomyolysis, health clubs and personal trainers can be found negligent and held responsible for damages.
“Fitness professionals are responsible for the safety of their clients and students,” said Vishno. “They need to be aware of these serious health risks and guide the people under their care toward healthy, safe options.”