Understanding fitness-related ‘rhabdo’

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Also dubbed the “spinning disease,” rhabdomyolysis is a serious condition known to the medical world for years, but it is recently garnering more widespread attention thanks to the high-impact fitness craze. Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Have you heard of “rhabdo?” No, it’s not the latest superfood seed imported from the heart of the rainforest. Also dubbed the “spinning disease,” rhabdo, short for rhabdomyolysis, is a serious condition known to the medical world for years, but it is only recently garnering more widespread attention thanks to the high-impact fitness craze. According to the Harvard Medical School, rhabdo is a rare condition that occurs when muscle cells burst and leak their contents into the blood stream. This condition can cause kidney injury, dark or brown urine, weakness and muscle soreness. Trauma, medication and drug or alcohol misuse can contribute to rhabdo but so can intense physical activity. The Mayo Clinic said that rhabdo has been seen in extreme athletes, such as we
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