Physical Therapy for Muscle Weakness

August 4, 2017

 

 

Did you ever wonder what causes muscle weakness? Did you know that physical therapy could help build up your weakening muscles or prevent it. Physical Therapist can increase muscle mass and strengthen the muscles in a short time. If you are from Suffolk County, United Rehab Physical Therapy of Farmingville, Ronkonkoma, and Shirley  this is the place for you!

 

Some people experience weakness in a certain area of their body, such as the arms or legs. Others may experience full-body weakness, which is often a result of a bacterial or viral infection such influenza or hepatitis.

 

Common cause of muscles weakness:

 

  • Lack of muscle fitness- one of the most common causes of muscles weakness. It may occur as a result of an inactive lifestyle.

  • Ageing- as we age, our muscles tend to lose strength and bulk and they become weaker. Exercising and physical therapy is beneficial because it increases muscle power and strength with a careful and safe exercise routine.

  • Infections- a common cause of temporary muscle fatigue, which is usually from muscle inflammation.

  • Pregnancy- during and after pregnancy, high levels of steroids in the blood with a tendency to be lacking in iron, can cause a feeling of muscle tiredness. This is completely normal in pregnancy and whilst some exercise is still sensible, being pregnant you need to be particularly careful when exercising.

 

Persistent (chronic) Diseases:

  • Diabetes- this can cause weakness and loss of fitness. People with diabetes also have an increase in tendency to narrowing of the arteries.

  • Heart disease- particularly heart failure, this can cause easy tiring of the muscles through a reductions in blood supply at time of high demand.

  • Chronic Lung Disease- lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cause a reduction in the ability of the body to take in oxygen.

  • Anaemia- this is a shortage of red blood cells. Anaemia often starts quite slowly, so that significant muscles tiredness and breathlessness develop before the condition is diagnosed.

  • Depression- general weariness and feeling of generalised tiredness can also be caused by depression.

 

There are many possible causes of muscles weakness. If you have muscle weakness or think you do, you should visit United Rehab Physical Therapy. We are happy to greatly help and build on strengthening your muscle mass!

 

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