Muscle Pain Swelling Fatigue Atrophy

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Definition

Muscle atrophy is the wasting or loss of muscle tissue.


Alternative Names

Muscle wasting; Wasting; Atrophy of the muscles


Considerations

There are two types of muscle atrophy.

Disuse atrophy occurs from a lack of physical exercise. In most people, muscle atrophy is caused by not using the muscles enough. People with sedentary jobs, medical conditions that limit their movement, or decreased activity levels can lose muscle tone and develop atrophy. This type of atrophy can be reversed with...

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