Opinion Article, J Physiother Rehabi Vol: 7 Issue: 2
Skeletal Muscle Hypotrophy's Impact on Daily Life
Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
*Corresponding Author: Diana Batterhame
Received date: 22 March, 2023, Manuscript No. JPTR-23-99190;
Editor assigned date: 24 March, 2023, Pre QC. JPTR-23-99190 (PQ);
Reviewed date: 15 April, 2023, QC No. JPTR-23-99190;
Revised date: 22 April, 2023, Manuscript No. JPTR-23-99190 (R);
Published date: 28 April, 2023, DOI: 10.4172/JPTR.1000129
Citation: Batterhame D (2023) Skeletal Muscle Hypotrophy's Impact on Daily Life. J Physiother Rehabi 7:2.
Skeletal muscle hypotrophy, also known as muscle atrophy, is a condition characterized by the loss of muscle mass and strength due to various factors such as aging, injury, illness, or sedentary lifestyle. This condition can lead to a significant impact on daily life, affecting activities of daily living, mobility, and quality of life.
Loss of functional capacity
Skeletal muscle plays a vital role in maintaining functional capacity, which includes the ability to perform activities of daily living such as walking, climbing stairs, and carrying groceries. Skeletal muscle hypotrophy can lead to a decrease in functional capacity, making it difficult for individuals to perform these activities. As a result, individuals may require assistance from others or adaptive equipment to perform daily tasks, leading to a loss of independence.
Skeletal muscle hypotrophy can also lead to impaired mobility. Individuals with this condition may experience difficulty with balance, coordination, and gait, making it difficult to walk or move around safely. This can lead to an increased risk of falls and injuries, further impacting an individual's quality of life.
Reduced muscle strength
Reduced muscle strength is a common symptom of skeletal muscle hypotrophy. As the muscles become weaker, individuals may have difficulty with activities that require strength, such as lifting heavy objects or standing up from a seated position. This can lead to a decrease in overall physical activity and further muscle loss, creating a vicious cycle.
Skeletal muscle hypotrophy can also lead to chronic pain. As muscles weaken, the joints may be subjected to increased stress, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Chronic pain can lead to a decrease in physical activity, further exacerbating the loss of muscle mass and strength.
Impaired quality of life
The impact of skeletal muscle hypotrophy on daily life can lead to a decrease in an individual's overall quality of life. Individuals may experience a loss of independence, reduced mobility, chronic pain, and decreased physical activity, leading to feelings of frustration, depression, and anxiety. These emotional consequences can further impact an individual's ability to cope with the condition and can lead to a decline in overall health and well-being.
Rehabilitation using biomechanics
Rehabilitation using biomechanics is a promising approach to improving the impact of skeletal muscle hypotrophy on daily life. Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical principles of human movement and how they apply to the human body. By understanding the biomechanics of movement, rehabilitation professionals can design targeted exercise programs to improve muscle strength, mobility, and overall functional capacity.
Resistance training is an essential component of rehabilitation using biomechanics. Resistance training involves performing exercises that involve the use of weights or resistance bands to improve muscle strength and mass. Other forms of exercise, such as aerobic training and stretching, can also be used to improve mobility and flexibility.
Skeletal muscle hypotrophy can significantly impact an individual's daily life, leading to a loss of functional capacity, impaired mobility, reduced muscle strength, chronic pain, and a decrease in overall quality of life. Rehabilitation using biomechanics is a promising approach to improving the impact of this condition on daily life.