It's somewhat of a vicious cycle: arthritis pain leads to decreased physical activity, which leads to muscle atrophy. But it's important to know that the type of atrophy caused by inactivity can be reversed with exercise.
Several medical conditions can cause muscle atrophy. These are the ones that are related to arthritis:
- Long-term corticosteroid therapy
- Long-term immobilization
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If you notice that you have muscle atrophy, talk to your doctor. You will likely need to develop an exercise program and stick to it!
Muscle atrophy. MedlinePlus. Accessed 5/31/11.