Treating Weakness in Novi & Howell, MI
Radiculopathy, or radiculitis, is an inflammation of the nerve from the spine which can have a number of causes. The most common is when a disc herniates and chemicals which cause inflammation or irritation of nerves are released. This usually results in pain which can vary from mild to extremely severe. Radiculopathy must be distinguished from a host of other problems in bone, muscle and nerve by a careful history and physical examination supplemented by testing such as EMG or MRI.
Weakness is loss of muscle strength. Weakness can make you unable to lift, carry, walk, or move. Weakness is also often confused with fatigue, which is a general term to describe tiredness.
Causes of Weakness
There are a wide variety of factors which can cause loss in muscle strength. Some of the most common causes of weakness include:
- Accidents or injuries
- Exposure to toxins
- Overuse of muscles
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
Medical Conditions Which Can Cause Weakness
Weakness can also develop due to a medical condition. Some of the most common medical causes of weakness include:
- Muscular dystrophy
- Nerve compression
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle atrophy
Signs and Symptoms of Weakness
You may notice loss of muscle strength as:
- Delayed or slow movements
- Shaking or tremors
- Muscle twitches or muscle cramps
Other signs and symptoms you may experience include:
- Whole body aches
- Pain in the isolated area
Treatment for Weakness
The professional treatment your doctor may recommend depends on the underlying cause of the weakness. If your weakness is due to anemia, your rehabilitation doctor may recommend dietary changes or a diet plan.
If weakness is caused by an underlying condition, the condition will be treated. For example, cancer may be treated using chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
Nerve compression issues which have resulted in loss of muscle strength may be treated with surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve or nerves to restore full nerve function.
When Weakness Can Become an Emergency
Weakness can be a sign of a serious condition. You should seek out emergency services if you experience:
- Vision changes
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or confusion
- Delayed speech or inability to speak
- Chest pain and difficulty breathing