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Remedies For Hypotonia
Low muscle tone: Think 2 bungee cords, one that is firm & bounces back quick & another that is loose & barely has any bounce in it. You can tell when you feel the cord which is sturdier. When a persons muscle tone is low, you can feel it when you massage the muscle.They will often appear weaker & have problems with posture and alignment. The athlete with good muscle tone has firm mucles that react well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on tendons: Most joints are stabilized by tendons, which both direct and limit the possible motions of the joint. Muscle tone can contribute to limitation of joint range of motion but hyperflexibility is dependent upon ligamentous laxity, not floppy muscles. ...Read more
Hypotonia is a manif: Hypotonia is a manifestation of many different disorders, of the nervous system and diseases of muscles. Long term effects in children with hypotonia depends on the severity of low muscle tone and any co existing conditions. Hypotonia can be congenital due to genetic disorders or acquired ...Read more
Depends on cause: This is a big "what is the issue?" question. Some causes of hypotonia, such as inflammation, neuropathy, or neuromuscular disease can be cured or at least aided. Others, like some genetic disorders and muscular dystrophies, cannot. You need an accurate diagnosis so you can ask this question to your neurologist. Until then, the answer is maybe. ...Read more
HYPOTONIA IN A CHILD: You didn't mention age. Hypotonia refers to abnormally diminished muscle tone, seen commonly in neurologically compromised premature or term infant. It may reflect abnormality in cerebral hemesphere, cerebellum, spinal cord, anterior horn cells, peripheral nerve or muscles. Metabolic and hormonal causes can be also. The infant is floppy.Treatment depends on cause, physical therapy always needed. ...Read more
Low tone: Muscles have "tone"...Look at your own muscles and how they feel in a relaxed state and then in a contracted state. High tone means the muscles are rather stiff and contracted too much and low tone means . They are a bit relaxed. Low tone can be addressed with exercises and time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just read a report from a surgery I had. Said I needed to be "bagged" after surgery. Scary! Is this common? We didn't know I had hypotonia at time.
Not necessarily. : Though the underlying cause of hypotonia is undoubtedly neurological, it is not always associated with other neurological problems. Hypotonia can be part of neurological syndromes, but can also be an isolated finding with no identifiable cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 month old dx with hypotonia due to missing some motor milestones. No other issues. Dr suggested PT and said won't be long term issue. Is that true?
Depends: on several factors, prenatal history, ? difficult labor, status immediately after birth, genetics, nutrition and others, your doctor has his/her own judgment that we need to trust, but you have the right for a second, or even third opinion, ask for a referral to a developmental pediatrician / pediatric neurologist ...Read more
Possibly: Meningitis can damage the brain and cause problems in tone, but only certain types of meningitis carry a significant risk of brain damage. If meningitis does injur the brain, the baby may be hypotonic at first, but with time, the tone usually increases and the child becomes hypertonic. Persistent hypotonia is usually a sign of other neurologic or metabolic problems. ...Read more
Cerebellar disorder: The dandy walker malformation is a defect of the outflow of fluid from the fourth ventricle of the brain. This can result in a large cyst, and can be associated with poor development of the cerebellum. Poor cerebellum function can result in poor muscle tone and poor balance that can be called hypotonia. This usually responds to therapy. Usually no surgery is necessary unless the cyst is severe. ...Read more
Long healthy life: Both diagnoses are not life threatening. Hypotonia is common and easily managed. Epilepsy is common and easily managed in most cases. The major issue is cause and the risks of feeding and breathing problems. In some cases the cause may be a terrible disease that may lead to death. However, for most cases the cause is unclear or a static disorder that needs appropriate long term management. ...Read more