Muscle atrophy is the wasting or loss of muscle tissue due to a lack of physical activity. The condition occurs when an injury or disease makes it difficult or impossible to move the body. Atrophy due to muscle loss also occurs when one limb is smaller than the other – leading to unequal workload.
2 Types of Muscular Atrophy
Although people can adapt to muscle atrophy, loss of movement and strength will occur in even minor cases of muscle atrophy.
- Disuse atrophy
- Neurogenic atrophy
Disuse atrophy occurs from a lack of physical activity over an extended period of time. Disuse muscle atrophy is caused when muscles are not used to their full potential and there is a natural loss of muscle tone. Disuse muscle atrophy can be reversed with exercise and better nutrition.
- Seated occupations
- Limited movement due to medical conditions
- Decreased activity
- Bedridden state
Neurogenic atrophy is the most severe type of muscle atrophy. This condition occurs when there is an injury to a nerve connecting to a muscle. It can also arise due to a disease of the connecting nerve. Unlike disuse atrophy, neurogenic atrophy occurs suddenly.
- Diseases causing muscle atrophy.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Physical therapy helps to improve circulation and prolong muscle use in the early stages of muscle atrophy. It is crucial for your treatment provider to properly diagnose your condition and target muscle atrophy areas.
Diagnosing Muscle Atrophy
At Spine and Sports Medicine, a doctor will administer Neurological Testing (EMG/NCV) to detect muscle atrophy. Other testing will rule out muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tumors, and other disease.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment for Muscle Atrophy
The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will design a treatment plan specifically tailored to alleviate muscle atrophy and increase your quality of life. The painful and debilitating symptoms of muscle atrophy can be relieved through:
At Spine and Sports Medicine, effective treatment of muscle atrophy can be achieved through a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team Approach.
- Manual – hands on – Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercises
- High Tech Exercises
- High Touch Exercises
- Weight Resistance Exercises
- Postural Corrections
- Tailored Home Exercise Program
Gold Standard Pain Management
Other highly effective pain management treatment methods at Spine and Sports Medicine include:
- Medical Massage
Medical Insurance Coverage for Muscle Atrophy Therapeutic Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of muscle atrophy treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating the painful and debilitating symptoms stemming from muscle atrophy. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment in One Convenient Location
Discover effective muscle atrophy treatment provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
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