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Weakness of Muscles and Joints Treatment at Zaker Chiropractic

Elderly woman pinching her hand due to weakness in muscles and joints.

Has your back, arm, or leg started to display puzzling signs of weakness and loss of function? Muscle weakness can change everything about your everyday life, from the way you walk and work to your ability to maintain your balance when standing. This kind of weakness can stem from a multitude of possible causes, including nerve impingement that interferes with your muscles' ability to receive and act on instructions from the brain. Getting stronger may therefore require more than just a few visits to the gym; it may call for comprehensive treatment to restore your normal physical and neurological functions. Here at Zaker Chiropractic, we're proud to offer safe, effective, non-surgical treatment for weakness in Newport Beach, Torrance, and San Pedro.

Common Reasons for Musculoskeletal Weakness

The functional ability of your major muscle groups, and the joints they articulate, depends on a variety of factors, from proper nutrition and exercise to normal nerve signaling. Even if you get your daily protein and try to work out regularly, you can still develop sudden or gradual-onset weakness in any part of your body. Some common causes of musculoskeletal weakness include:

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  • Acute nerve damage - A severed or crushed nerve may be unable to send motor commands to the part of the body served by that nerve. This is very common to see after specific injuries after a car crash or even whiplash trauma from sports injuries
  • Diseases - Motor neuron diseases or issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia can put up barriers to normal muscle function.
  • Sciatica - Impingement of the sciatic nerve roots can cause one or both legs to experience weakness and loss of muscular control, in addition to pain, tingling, or numbness. Herniated discs and degenerative spinal conditions can make you vulnerable to this problem.
  • Piriformis syndrome - This cousin of sciatica involves pinching or squeezing of the sciatic nerve by the nearby piriformis muscle located in the buttocks.
  • Cervical radiculopathy - Cervical radiculopathy is similar to sciatica, except that the impingement takes place in the cervical spine and affects one or both upper extremities.
  • Acute or chronic pain - Studies indicate that pain in a particular body part doesn't just cause local muscle groups to tighten up (in an attempt to discourage the use of that part); it also causes weakness and loss of function in the area in question.
  • Alignment errors - If your body is out of balance due to an alignment error, you may be overworking one set of muscles while underworking another. Discrepancies in muscle strength on different sides of the body may result.

How Our Chiropractor Treats Weakness in Muscles and Joints

Since your joint motion depends on the muscles attached to them, you may find yourself not only weak but also unable to move with the fluency you once enjoyed. This is the signal that you need to visit Zaker Chiropractic for a detailed musculoskeletal evaluation. Our chiropractor, Dr. Misa Zaker, will check your medical history for pre-existing muscular or neurological conditions, ask you about any symptoms accompanying your weakness, and evaluate your spinal alignment, stance, gait, and muscle resistance. These clues give us the answers we need to create a personalized treatment for weakness.

chiropractor making adjustment on patient's back to treat muscle weakness

Musculoskeletal manipulation can play a key role in restoring your muscles' functionality. Chiropractic adjustments can straighten your alignment, allowing for more equalized weight distribution and muscle maintenance. Studies have shown that this kind of spinal manipulation can relieve muscle strength imbalances between legs. You may also benefit from spinal decompression therapy. This non-surgical technique uses flexion distraction to increase space between two or more vertebrae, which in turn can pull herniated discs inward (and away from nerve roots). We can use spinal decompression to relieve both cervical radiculopathy and sciatica. 

Soft tissue therapies can do a world of good for muscle and joint weakness. Your holistic treatment plan may include techniques such as massage therapy, for instance, to release the piriformis muscle tightness that impairs nerve function. Corrective exercises and other forms of physiotherapy can help you develop atrophied muscles so that your body works more symmetrically, boosting your strength and coordination (and thus literally adding new balance to your life). If your weakness is related to a chronic or recurring musculoskeletal challenge, we can provide ongoing treatments and lifestyle advice as needed to help you stay on top of your condition.

Feeling Weak? Let Us Help you Recover Your Strength

If your muscles are feeling weak, Zaker Chiropractic can show you how to recover your strength naturally. For more answers about how we can help you relieve pain without drugs or surgery, make an appointment with Zaker Chiropractic. Our chiropractors provide a wide variety of services to diagnose and treat your condition. Zaker Chiropractic has several locations to serve you. Call (949) 734-4454 for an appointment with Newport Beach Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach(424) 235-1562 for South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, or (310) 831-0003 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a multidisciplinary list of services.


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