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Muscle Disorders

Also called: Myopathy
अनुवाद: हिन्दी
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Your muscles help you move and help your body work. Different types of muscles have different jobs. There are many problems that can affect muscles. Muscle disorders can cause weakness, pain or even paralysis.

Causes of muscle disorders include

Sometimes the cause is not known.

Symptoms of Muscle Disorders

The following features are indicative of Muscle Disorders:
  • muscle weakness
  • pain
  • muscle cramps
  • stiffness
  • spasm
It is possible that Muscle Disorders shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
References: 1, 2

Common Causes of Muscle Disorders

The following are the most common causes of Muscle Disorders:
  • injury
  • genetic disorder
  • some cancers
  • inflammation
  • infections
  • diseases of nerves that affect muscles
References: 1, 3, 4

Risk Factors of Muscle Disorders

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Muscle Disorders:
  • age
  • family history
  • sex
  • high intensity forces
  • long duration exposure
  • highly repetitive exertions
  • physical environmental factors
  • psychosocial factors

Prevention of Muscle Disorders

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Muscle Disorders. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid overloading
  • avoid manual handling
  • lowering the mechanical load during the performance of occupational worker
  • maintaining favourable postures
  • limiting exposure time
References: 4

Occurrence of Muscle Disorders

Degree of Occurrence

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

Common Age Group

Muscle Disorders most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Can happen at any age

Common Gender

Muscle Disorders most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Not gender specific
References: 5

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Muscle Disorders

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Muscle Disorders:
  • Physical examination: To view the signs of pain, redness, and swelling, as well as muscle weakness or atrophy
  • X-rays: To evaluate the bones and soft tissues
  • Blood tests: To determine the rheumatic diseases
  • Electromyography: To evaluate the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them
  • Needle biopsy: To diagnose the medical condition and assess the progress of a treatment
References: 6, 7

Doctor for Diagnosis of Muscle Disorders

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Muscle Disorders:
  • Orthopedists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Cardiologists
  • Dieticians
  • Genetic counselors
  • Neurologists
  • Nurse case managers
  • Social workers
  • Speech pathologists

Complications of Muscle Disorders if Untreated

Yes, Muscle Disorders causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Muscle Disorders is left untreated:
  • paralysis
  • inability to walk
  • shortening of muscles or tendons around joints
  • breathing problems
  • scoliosis
  • heart problems
  • swallowing problems
References: 8, 9

Procedures for Treatment of Muscle Disorders

The following procedures are used to treat Muscle Disorders:
  • Surgery: To support weakened muscles and treat muscle disorders
References: 10

Self-care for Muscle Disorders

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Muscle Disorders:
  • Exercise: Helps in increasing muscle strength, flexibility and balance
References: 11

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Muscle Disorders

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Muscle Disorders:
  • Physical therapy and exercise: Helps patients with muscle disease lead active lives
  • Massages: Provides relief from muscle spasms
  • Acupuncture: Helps in treating muscle spasms and pain
References: 11

Patient Support for Treatment of Muscle Disorders

The following actions may help Muscle Disorders patients:
  • Support groups: By joining support groups provides information about the neuromuscular disorders
  • Seek out other families who are dealing with the same issues: Good source of understanding and support
References: 12, 13

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References

  1. MedlinePlus Muscle Disorders - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  2. Hahn C, Salajegheh MK. Myotonic disorders: A review article. Iran J Neurol. 2016;15(1):46-53 - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  3. MAYO CLINIC Muscular dystrophy - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  4. WHO Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders In The Workplace - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  5. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Information about Musculoskeletal Conditions - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  6. MedlinePlus Muscle Disorders - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  7. Muscular Dystrophy Association Your MDA Care Center - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  8. MedlinePlus Muscle Disorders - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  9. MAYO CLINIC Muscular dystrophy - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  10. NIH Myopathy Information Page - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  11. National Center for Farmworker Health Medicines to Treat Muscle Spasms and Pain - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  12. NIH Inflammatory Myopathies Fact Sheet - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  13. MAYO CLINIC Congenital myopathies - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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This page was last updated on 11/28/2017.
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