Muscle weakness, sometimes referred to as sarcopenia or cachexia, can occur due to a variety of reasons. These reasons include joint injuries or surgeries (ligament tears, joint replacements, fractures), after a long battle with illness or a stay in the ICU, after cancer, in autoimmune conditions and neurological diseases, old age, or many other factors.
Our clinical staff and scientists are leaders in the study of muscle weakness (with 64 published research papers in this area), and we apply this deep knowledge of muscle physiology to treating patients with persistent muscle weakness. We take a combined approach that includes the following factors:
- Comprehensive work-up and diagnosis: If the cause of your muscle weakness isn't known, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of your symptoms, including blood tests, imaging studies, and functional neuromuscular tests.
- Medication management: In some cases, medication can be used to help improve muscle size, strength, and function.
- Nutritional counseling: Nutrition is critical in improving muscle size and strength. We provide personalized nutritional counseling to help patients understand changes they can make to their diet to treat their weakness.
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy: We will put together a custom rehabilitation program to improve muscle strength. Often patients with muscle weakness also have deficiencies in nervous system function, and our rehab programs take a comprehensive and personalized approach that includes both nervous system and muscle function.
- Weekly check-in with a health coach: Patients with moderate or severe muscle weakness will be assigned a personal medical health coach who checks in weekly to monitor their progress and help guide you on your journey.
We have helped many patients with chronic muscle weakness and frailty improve their strength and lead happy, active lives. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you improve your muscle strength and recover from your injury or illness. You can give us a call at or visit the link at the top of the page to book your appointment online.