Neurogenic muscle atrophy is a condition where the muscles begin to break down from disuse. It is the loss or wasting of muscle tissue throughout the body. The condition begins unnoticed, but becomes more serious over time. It is important to seek medical attention for muscle atrophy before the condition develops into a more serious conditions – such as heart failure.
When muscles are not used often – or movement is limited – damage takes place. Muscle atrophy is a significant concern for those who are bedridden. Damage can take place quite suddenly.
- Neurogenic atrophy is a condition caused when an injury or disease harms the nerve attaching to the muscle.
- Disuse atrophy is caused by a lack of physical activity.
Neurogenic muscle atrophy is caused by the nerves attached to the muscle. The muscle becomes damaged from conditions such as:
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Herniated Discs
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Muscles may not be able to be used normally when nerve damage to a muscle is interrupted so as to disrupt signals to the brain, peripheral nerves, or the spinal cord. If a nerve is compressed due to an injury, decreased blood flow to the nerve may result in the muscle breaking down and becoming damaged.
Symptoms of Neurogenic Muscle Atrophy
- Weak and flabby muscles
- Stooped posture
- Back pain and difficulty in moving
- Heart failure
In most cases, exercise can help reverse the effects of muscle atrophy. In the case of severely bedridden patients, you may not be able to completely reverse the effects of muscle atrophy, but you can help cease the damage which has been done to the body. If your condition is serious it is important to work with a doctor or therapist to develop a program that will not put excessive amounts of strain on your heart and damaged muscles.
Patients suffering from muscle atrophy caused by nerve damage may require musculoskeletal manipulations in order to relieve the pressure on the nerve which is causing the damage. This will help return the connection to the muscle so that you can begin to work on the progress of working the muscle back to its original state. In the case that the nerve was damaged by an injury, work with your doctor to make sure that you are performing exercises that will not aggravate your condition.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment for Neurogenic Atrophy
The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will design a treatment plan specifically tailored to alleviate neurogenic atrophy and increase your quality of life. The painful and debilitating symptoms of neurogenic atrophy can be relieved through:
At Spine and Sports Medicine, effective treatment of neurogenic 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 Neurogenic 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 your neurogenic atrophy treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating the painful and debilitating symptoms stemming from neurogenic 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 neurogenic atrophy treatment provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
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