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Help plz! Can poor circulation cause muscle atrophy eventually?

Help plz! Can poor circulation cause muscle atrophy eventually?

More complicated: Very poor circulation causes pain with activity which leads to disuse. Disuse results in atrophy. ...Read more

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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Can I be experiencing muscle atrophy from being bed ridden for 3 weeks?

Can I be experiencing muscle atrophy from being bed ridden for 3 weeks?

Possible: It is amazing how quickly lack of activity can impact the body. Muscle weakness, and even loss of muscle mass is a common and quick effect of illness and being bedridden. I warn patients that for every day in bed especially if critically ill, it can take 4 days of therapy to regain strength to the previous level. Activity is so important for overall and muscle health! ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Daily
Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Could dental implant treat muscle atrophy?

Could dental implant treat muscle atrophy?

Of course: Dental Implants maintain facial muscles, aiding in improved mastication function and muscle tone. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for muscle atrophy?

What's the best treatment for muscle atrophy?

Identify cause: Need to know the cause to be able to treat. If the cause is disuse, exercise will solve the problem. ...Read more

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I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

Depends on diagnosis: I am assuming that you have seen multiple neurologists and neuro muscular specialists. It is not possible to predict the prognosis with the information provided. Your neuro muscular specialist will be in best position to tell. Please see one if you have not. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from having muscle atrophy?

Utilize muscle: If you don't use it you lose it...So try and move and excercise the muscle you are concerend about. Or have someone else excercise it for you if you are not able to. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

Yes: Isometric muscle contractions prevent atrophy and can be done for most muscle groups. But ask your OB for their recommendations for any other exercises for your specific pregnancy issues. ...Read more

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Can you get muscle atrophy on your thumb if you ignore carpal tunnel for years and will surgery fix it?

Can you get muscle atrophy on your thumb if you ignore carpal tunnel for years and will surgery fix it?

Yes, and may be: Carpal tunnel can cause atrophy of the thenar (thumb) muscles and it may recover following surgery, provided the damage to the nerves has not become irreversible. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001469/. ...Read more

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Besides lack of movement, what can cause muscle atrophy?

Muscle atrophy: Anything that damages a nerve or the muscle(s) innervated can cause atrophy. There are many conditions that can cause this like a pinched nerve that might have been painful, then healed but left atrophy. There are disorders of motor nerves, as well as muscles themselves that cause atrophy. Central nervous system changes would likely lead to less severe atrophy, mostly from inability to use. ...Read more

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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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Muscle Wasting (Definition)

Muscle wasting is a clinical finding where one or more muscles have decreased in size due to disuse, inadequate blood ...Read more