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

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

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. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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How long does it take for chest and arm muscles to atrophy if you stop working out with weights?

Double the time: I agree with the original answer. The concern is not true atrophy but the loss of power and performance. The typical rule is it takes twice as long to get back to where you were as the duration of the absence. So if you missed 2 weeks, expect a 4 week interval of hard work to get back to where you were. ...Read more

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How long does it take for leg and arm muscles to atrophy if at bedrest fir pregnancy?

How long does it take for leg and arm muscles to atrophy if at bedrest fir pregnancy?

They won't: Even at bedrest, you can perform arm and leg exercises to keep the muscle tone intact. ...Read more

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How long does it take for muscles to atrophy?

How long does it take for muscles to atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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How long will it take for your muscles you built to start to atrophy and lose muscle?

How long will it take for your muscles you built to start to atrophy and lose muscle?

Few weeks: How long for toned muscles to atrophy from disuse? Evidence indicates two weeks of strict bedrest causes significant muscle weakness & dysfunction; which begets further weakness & escalating disuse. Degree of weakness is likely dependent upon baseline muscle mass/tone.This phenomenon seems explanatory for weak/spastic/pained muscles contributory to onset of fibromyalgia after a serious illness. ...Read more

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How long until I can regain muscle after atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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How long after stopping an exercise program will muscle atrophy start taking place?

How long after stopping an exercise program will muscle atrophy start taking place?

Immediately: You start to lose muscle mass immediately, but not noticeable unless inactivity persists. ...Read more

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How long can I wear a wrist brace before I have to worry about muscle atrophy?

How long can I wear a wrist brace before I have to worry about muscle atrophy?

Not to worry: I have never really seen someones muscles atrophy from a wrist brace. Having said that i see many people whose braces become a permanent part of their clothing. The brace is there to rest the injured tissues and allow healing. Once healing has occurred the brace should be discontinued. Often we will wean someone off of the brace while we transition to the strengthening part of the rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Can people who inject B12 for a long time develop skin or muscle atrophy in those injection sites?(butt)

Can people who inject B12 for a long time develop skin or muscle atrophy in those injection sites?(butt)

NO!!!: Why injecting B12??? No harm, but is there a reason? No benefit except for specific B12 deficiency due to pernicious anemia, celiac disease, intestinal surgery, weird diet, certain meds, etc. Why injecting buttock when usually given in arm?? If indicated, oral supplement is just as good in most cases. If you do not have one of the medical indications there is no benefit. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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