Muscle Weakness and Myasthenia Gravis Treatment in Phoenix
Though a relatively uncommon autoimmune disease, Myasthenia gravis–or MG–manifests as persistent muscle weakness that affects a person’s ability to move certain muscle groups.
If you are experiencing a loss of or reduced function in the muscles around your eyelids, face, and upper body, it may benefit you to set up an appointment with a neurologist for an examination.
At Foothills Neurology, we take an holistic approach to patient care. Our multi-faceted neurology clinic specializes in not only osteopathy, but other avenues of treatment as well, like physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, and more. And although there is no cure yet for MG, we have the treatment to suppress these symptoms and strength your muscles.
What Causes Muscle Weakness (Myasthenia Gravis)?
The causes of Myasthenia gravis (MG) are complex. The most common cause stems from when your body’s autoimmune system prevents nerves and muscles from communicating with eachother. The reduced neuromuscular connection results in a reduced ability to use your arms, legs, eyes, and even the muscles that allow us to breath, chew, and swallow.
Common symptoms attributed to MG:
- Blurred or double vision
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chronic muscle fatigue
- Weakness in the arms and legs
Most Common Groups Who Experience MG
Myasthenia gravis affects about 0.2% of the population and is more common among women younger than 40 years old and in men older than 60 years old.
Treatment Begins With Seeing a Neurologist
While there may not be a cure for Myasthenia gravis, we focus on treatments that strengthen action at the neuromuscular junction.
- Physical therapy
- Neurologic Examinations: for pinpointing affected nerves
Our Level of Care
The healthcare practitioners at Foothills Neurology treat a wide range of neurological issues, from patients with persistent headaches, to multiple sclerosis and more. We also treat patients with epilepsy, neck or back pain, cognitive concerns, movement disorders (Parkinson’s etc.), ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), vertigo, and other neurological disorders.