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How long does it take for muscle to atrophy if you are bedridden?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Age and disease: It depends on the age of the patient and the underlying condition. Elderly are affected more severely. As a rough guide an elderly person loses about 10% of muscle function per day of immobility. If there are other factors, e.g., fever, nutritional impairment, trauma, and some medications, e.g., steroids, the muscle atrophy is worsened.

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How long until I can regain muscle after atrophy?

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Depends on cause: This totally depends on the cause of the atrophy. If it's due to casting from a break, then as soon as your cleared to start exercising again. If it's due to nerve damage or some other disease, then possibly never. This is something to discuss with your doctor to see what your best course of action might be.
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Which muscles?: If we talking about the arm and leg muscles, it is within 2-3 wks, if you look at a leg or arm after removal of the cast , u understand.

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