Lower extremity weakness is a health complication that can be acute or chronic in nature. In either case, when one experiences lower extremity weakness, it is important to seek out medical attention immediately to determine if the complication is related to a more severe, and progressive, disease.
For individuals who suffer from neuromuscular diseases, the underlying complication is associated with a miscommunication between the neuromuscular junction, and neurons, and the muscles themselves. In many cases, and because there are so many variations, diagnosing lower extremity weakness can be challenging.
If you are suffering from lower extremity weakness, your doctor will need to run a variety of tests ranging from nerve conduction studies to blood work to even CT scan and MRIs. Because these tests all take time to conduct and provide results, there may be many days, even weeks, that you are continuing to suffer from lower extremity weakness complications without knowing what the underlying culprit may be.
When seeking out medical attention for this condition, therefore, it is important to ask your doctor about immediate access to physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Even before your diagnosis is confirmed, you should be able to begin rehabilitation services in an effort to reduce the level and degree of lower extremity weakness you may be experiencing.
A complication that is common among those with lower extremity weakness is a complication known as disuse atrophy. When the lower extremities are not being used, the musculature of the lower legs may begin to change in size and appearance which will lead to even greater complications when attempting to minimize weakness and restore function. It is for this reason that patients with lower extremity weakness start rehab services immediately, if for no other reason than to reduce disuse atrophy complications.
Complications of the lower legs are not uncommon and occur in everyday occurrences. When you have lower extremity weakness, however, the health matter needs to be addressed so as to avoid long term health complications and decreased mobility. Be sure, therefore, that if you are asking your doctor about diagnosing your condition, that you also inquire about the use of rehab or physical therapy, even before your true health condition is determined.
Sources: Neuromuscular Disorders, by Anthony Amato