What’s Got You Weak in the Knees? A Look at the Dangers of Leg Weakness

You may not realize how little conscious thought walking or moving takes until you are in a position where your lower body mobility is affected by a medical condition.

Once this happens it can make the smallest tasks seem much more difficult. Since movement is at the core of everything you do throughout your day, difficulty in completing simple tasks can take a toll on both your physical and mental well-being.

Lack of maneuverability can have serious consequences leading to feelings of isolation, depression, and/or anxiety. Recognizing symptoms, addressing them properly, and implementing the use of aids in your day to day life could help to minimize the effects and risks associated with lowered mobility.

What is Leg Weakness?

Leg Weakness

Leg weakness is an absence of muscular or physical strength in your legs accompanied by the feeling that additional effort is required to produce movement. If this deficiency is the result of pain, then when you make those lower body muscles work it will hurt.

Often times, when you are displaying a physical weakness which makes moving more difficult to achieve it can result in fatigue. Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion or tiredness due to a lack of strength and/or energy.

Weakness and fatigue are both symptoms, and not considered diseases. They can be caused by many other health issues, and can only be properly examined when paired with other symptoms that are present.

If you are dealing with weakness and fatigue in your lower body, then you should consult a physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Possible conditions which can cause weakness or fatigue in your lower body include:

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Concussion

  • Thyroid Problems

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

  • Spina bifida myelomeningocele

  • Stroke

  • Herniated or bulging disc(s)

  • Arthritis

The Dangers of Weakness and Fatigue in Your Lower Body

Recognizing and addressing weakness or fatigue as a symptom could help you avoid some serious risks to your health.

Your musculoskeletal system works as a harmonious balance between the skeletal and muscular structures required to produce movement. When you have a deficiency somewhere in this system you will often find that another part of your body is forced to compensate in order to achieve the same effect. This imbalance can significantly increase your chance of injury or illness.

Imbalances due to weakness or fatigue can lead to increased risk of slips, trips, or falls. They can also increase your risk of sprains and strains. These are some of the leading causes of injuries inside of the home. You may also want to take a second to recognize that sprains and strains can have a lasting effect of the quality of your movement, especially if there is damage done to vital ligaments, tendons, or cartilage in your joints.

These types of injuries to your body could significantly impair your range of motion, flexibility, and your overall ability to move and properly bear weight even after treatment and recovery, if applicable.

Weakness or fatigue in your lower body not only has the ability to take a physical toll on you but can also have an equally serious effect on your mental health. When your mobility is compromised it can lead to the feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, fear, and depression.

It can also have a significant impact on your self-esteem. Depression, especially paired with isolation and loneliness could have a serious impact on your mental health when left unmanaged.

Healthy Habits for Dealing With Weakness and Fatigue

You may find that one of the simplest steps you can take to reduce your risk to injury resulting from weakness and fatigue in your lower body is to implement the use of aids such as canes, walkers, transfer benches, and in cases where necessary, wheelchairs.

While these devices can help enable mobility beyond the ability of your physical strength, they also assist in minimizing your risk of injury. Devices such as these can also allow you to remain physically active and social which can help keep depression and anxiety at bay.

A sturdy transfer bench for your shower can significantly reduce the risk of a slip or fall by making it easier as well as safer to get into and out of the shower or bathtub. It is ideal when you are dealing with limited mobility, conditions like arthritis, and lower body injuries.

While helping you to physically deal with the demands of entering and exiting the shower or bathtub, they can also increase your confidence, self-esteem, and dignity by allowing you to keep your independence.

If you experience irregular or sudden weakness and fatigue you should consult a doctor immediately. In cases where these symptoms are experienced suddenly, it could be a sign of serious neurological issues such as stroke which require emergency medical attention.

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