Muscle atrophy

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Atrophy is "a decrease in size or wasting away of a body part", e.g. muscle wasting or progressive decline.[1]

Muscle atrophy is commonly referred to as muscle wasting and causes severe muscle weakness and reduced range of movement.[2]

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Muscle atrophy can be caused by a number of diseases and health conditions including neurological diseases, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, stroke, by lack of use (which may be involuntary), malnutrition, burns, and other causes.[2]

Bed-rest induced muscle disuse[edit | edit source]

A person who is bedbound or bedridden will be very inactive, and over time is likely to experience muscle atrophy due to lack of use of muscles. The resulting muscle atrophy will then make it harder to move.[2]

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  1. "Definition of ATROPHY". Merrian-Webster Medical Dictionary. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Muscle atrophy". MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 23, 2021.