Muscle Weakness is a condition of reduced strength in one or more muscles. Muscle Weakness may be all over the body or in a particular muscle. It could occur after an injury or stroke or a flare-up of multiple sclerosis. Symptoms are:
• Extreme weakness while using the muscle
• Body pain
• Pain in a specific muscle
• Temporary loss of mobility
• Inability to use muscle in a normal manner
HOW IS MUSCLE WEAKNESS DIAGNOSED?
An Orthopedic Surgeon/General Physician diagnoses Muscle Weakness by conducting a physical examination, X-Ray, and MRI scans to check the stiffness of the muscles.
HOW IS MUSCLE WEAKNESS TREATED?
Treatment plans for muscle weakness are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, the severity of muscle weakness and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, helps to build strength, decreases the risk of developing complications, such as muscle atrophy, and helps a person to live a normal active life. Treatment generally includes appropriate periods of rest, good hydration and nutrition and regular medical care. Rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and a regular program of exercise may be recommended. Orthopedic splints, canes, crutches and/or a walker may be needed to help support weak muscles and improve mobility in some cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
In a very severe case of Muscle Weakness, surgery may be required to repair the muscle.