Physical therapy for muscle weakness in Rancho Cordova, California

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Meet with the best muscle weakness physical therapists in Rancho Cordova, California

Rancho Cordova, California, Luna’s physical therapists specialize in treating patients suffering from chronic muscle weakness. Our PTs help patients improve their quality of life with treatment programs designed to address their condition safely, promptly, and effectively.

The best part? With Luna, patients can receive physical therapy right at home — for muscle weakness and a range of other conditions. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is muscle weakness?

Although pain, fatigue, and weakness can all hinder muscle use, they’re actually discrete symptom classifications. Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy, which may make it difficult to use the muscles. Similarly, when patients are experiencing muscle pain, it may be uncomfortable to move the affected areas.

Muscle weakness, however, comprises its own classification. For patients experiencing muscle weakness, moving the muscles may not be a matter of overcoming exhaustion or discomfort — certain movements actually might not be possible. Muscle weakness often occurs as the result of another health problem, such as a thyroid problem, a stroke, a spinal cord injury, or a chronic muscle disorder.

Source: U of Michigan

Muscle weakness symptoms

“Muscle weakness” can refer to a wide array of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe and from acute to diffuse. Patients with chronic muscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy may experience weakness all over the body, while patients who have suffered an injury or stroke may have weakness in just one half or one part of the body.

When patients experience muscle weakness, they may have difficulty performing even the most simple actions in their daily lives. Rising from a chair, walking, showering, lifting objects, or even smiling may become difficult or near-impossible. Depending on the severity and cause of the weakness, patients may need intervention from specialists or intensive physical therapy.

The most common symptoms of muscle weakness include:

  • Difficulty lifting objects
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Drooping of part of the face

Source: Harvard Health

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What causes muscle weakness?

Muscle weakness can be attributed to a number of preexisting health conditions; it’s considered a symptom, not a disorder. Unless muscle weakness can be directly attributed to a tough workout or exhaustion, it’s almost always due to an underlying condition. Injury or illness associated with the brain, nervous system, or the muscles themselves can all result in chronic muscle weakness.

A stroke or spinal cord injury can cause sudden muscle weakness, as can chronic fatigue syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Graves disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, ALS, or prolonged immobilization (i.e. bed rest).

The most common causes of muscle weakness include:

  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Exhaustion
  • Neurological disorder
  • Stroke
  • Pre-existing muscle injury
Source: Healthline

Physical therapy for muscle weakness in Rancho Cordova, California

Physical therapy is a leading treatment option for patients experiencing persistent muscle weakness. At the beginning of a PT program, a physical therapist will assess your muscle weakness and design a plan around your particular case. Typically, a muscle strengthening plan will consist of gentle, low-impact exercises that target the affected muscles, gradually ramping up in intensity as the plan progresses.

Strengthening exercises are typically combined with flexibility and balance exercises to ensure that the patient is developing muscle strength safely and effectively.

Source: Move Forward PT
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Your neighborhood in the Rancho Cordova area is within our reach for in-home physical therapy appointments. Wherever you reside, we bring physical therapy to you, aiming to maximize your convenience and comfort during the PT process.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

e work seamlessly with numerous insurance plans, simplifying the benefits verification process for our clients. Your co-pay with Luna will always mirror the exact amount outlined by your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. We accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we're committed to ensuring a hassle-free start for patients embarking on their physical therapy journey. New patients are always accommodated, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, providing the flexibility to cater to your schedule. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

The therapists affiliated with Luna are highly experienced professionals, with a minimum of 3 years of practice, often with considerably more experience. Every therapist undergoes a rigorous interview and thorough background check. Our collaboration is exclusively with therapists who are dedicated to providing exceptional care to their patients.

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