A reduction in the strength of one or more muscles

Symptoms of Muscle Weakness

The following features are indicative of Muscle Weakness:
  • frequent falls
  • difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • trouble running and jumping
  • waddling gait
  • walking on the toes
  • large calf muscles
  • muscle pain and stiffness
  • learning disabilities
It is possible that Muscle Weakness shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Muscle Weakness

The following are the most common causes of Muscle Weakness:
  • mutation in the CACNA1S gene

Risk Factors for Muscle Weakness

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Muscle Weakness:
  • family history

Prevention of Muscle Weakness

No, it is not possible to prevent Muscle Weakness.
  • mutation in the CACNA1S gene

Occurrence of Muscle Weakness

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Muscle Weakness cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Muscle Weakness can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Muscle Weakness can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Muscle Weakness

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Muscle Weakness:
  • Enzyme tests: To detect the damaged muscles release enzymes
  • Electromyography: To measure the electrical activity and confirm the muscle disease
  • Genetic testing: To determine the gene mutations that cause different types of muscular dystrophy
  • Muscle biopsy: To distinguish muscular dystrophies from other muscle diseases
  • Heart-monitoring tests: To evaluate the heart function
  • Lung-monitoring tests: To assess the lung function

Doctor for Diagnosis of Muscle Weakness

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Muscle Weakness:
  • Orthopedist
  • Physical therspist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Cardiologist
  • Dietician
  • Genetic counselor
  • Neurologist
  • Nurse case manager
  • Social worker
  • Speech pathologist

Complications of Muscle Weakness if untreated

Yes, Muscle Weakness causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Muscle Weakness is left untreated:
  • inability to walk
  • shortening of muscles or tendons around joints
  • breathing problems
  • scoliosis
  • heart problems
  • swallowing problems

Procedures for Treatment of Muscle Weakness

The following procedures are used to treat Muscle Weakness:
  • Surgery: To correct the spinal curvature

Self-care for Muscle Weakness

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Muscle Weakness:
  • do aerobic exercise
  • Use braces: Helps to keep muscles and tendons stretched and flexible
  • Use mobility aids: Canes, walkers and wheelchairs help to maintain mobility and independence

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Muscle Weakness

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Muscle Weakness:
  • Do range of motion exercises: Helps to keep joints flexible

Patient Support for Treatment of Muscle Weakness

The following actions may help Muscle Weakness patients:
  • Family support: Helps in making patient comfortable by sharing their feelings

Time for Treatment of Muscle Weakness

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Muscle Weakness to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Muscle Weakness.

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