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Muscle weakness Treatments

Muscle weakness: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for muscle weakness are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, the severity of muscle weakness and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, helps to build strength, decreases the risk of developing complications, such as muscle atrophy, and helps a person to live a normal active life.

Treatment generally includes appropriate periods of rest, good hydration and nutrition and regular medical care. Rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and a regular program of exercise may be recommended. Orthopedic splints, canes, crutches and/or a walker may be needed to help support weak muscles and improve mobility in some cases.

Corticosteroid medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation of the nervous system in some conditions, such as myasthenia gravis, Bell's palsy and multiple sclerosis. Treatment of muscle weakness caused by bacterial infections generally involves antibiotic medications.

Treatment of muscle weakness caused by anemia may involve blood transfusions and treatment of the underlying conditions causing anemia. Treatment of muscle weakness caused by electrolyte imbalance and/or dehydration generally involves treatment of the underlying conditions and rehydration and electrolyte correction with oral or intravenous fluids and electrolytes.

Treatments for Muscle weakness

The following treatments are listed for Muscle weakness in our knowledge base:

  • Magnesium - possibly used for related magnesium deficiency
  • Potassium - possibly used for related potassium deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 - possibly used for related vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Phosphorus - possibly used for related phosphorus deficiency

Drugs and Medications used to treat Muscle weakness:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Muscle weakness may include:

  • Collagenase - mainly used to treat muscle weakness in patients with myasthenia gravis
  • Santyl - mainly used to treat muscle weakness in patients with myasthenia gravis

Treatments for Causes of Muscle weakness

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Muscle weakness:

More causes: not all possible causes for Muscle weakness are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Muscle weakness.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Muscle weakness:

The following list of conditions have 'Muscle weakness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Muscle weakness:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Muscle weakness' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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