Dealing With Muscle Weakness From Diabetes
If you’ve been living with diabetes, you are well aware of the challenges that can accompany this disease. One of the most frustrating and debilitating challenges is muscle weakness, especially in the legs. Since November is National Diabetes Month, our team at Flowers Physical Therapy would like to discuss how patients can deal with muscle weakness from diabetes. Continue reading below to learn more.
Managing Muscle Weakness From Diabetes
Many patients with diabetes can suffer from muscle weakness in the lower extremities. This can be a result of a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is one of the most common complications from diabetes. Uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can compromise the nerves and damage them. This condition can present itself in different ways, but some of the symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, or loss of sensation in the legs.
Diabetes can also contribute to reduced grip strength, which can interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks. Physical therapy can help improve muscle function in those with diabetic neuropathy. Regular physical activity can also help control blood sugar levels and reduce neuropathic pain. Our team will work with you and monitor your condition and blood sugar levels during exercise to prevent any significant fluctuations. Here are some of the benefits of physical therapy for patients managing diabetic neuropathy:\
- Improved Strength – Your insulin, vascular, and muscle health are closely linked. Strength training can help patients with diabetic neuropathy stay on their feet, improve physical function, and reduce neuropathic pain.
- Improved Balance and Coordination – Muscle weakness in the lower extremities can increase your risk of falling. Our team will work on strategies to help improve your coordination and balance to help you avoid potential injuries.
- Improved Cardiovascular Health – Aerobic exercise can improve blood vessel health and lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This can help improve blood flow to your extremities and improve your nerve health.
If you are struggling with muscle weakness stemming from diabetes, our team at Flowers Physical Therapy is here to help! Our team can show you safe exercises that can significantly reduce pain and symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy. To learn more about how you can deal with muscle weakness, be sure to contact us today!Request An Appointment