What is general deconditioning?
General deconditioning occurs when a lack of physical activity causes rapid deterioration of the muscles, bones, and even sometimes the mind. It’s especially likely to occur in patients who are confined to bed rest, whether due to old age, a severe injury, or a debilitating illness.
While general deconditioning can be reversed with exercise, some patients can become so deconditioned that even walking or going about basic daily activities becomes an insurmountable challenge. For that reason, most deconditioned patients need to work with licensed physical therapists to safely restore muscle tone and bodily functions.
Source: SRA Lab
What causes general deconditioning?
General deconditioning is almost always a result of physical inactivity, most likely due to prolonged bed rest. For this reason, the elderly are particularly vulnerable, as are patients who have experienced a serious injury or debilitating illness.
In addition, patients who are unable to leave bed due to medications or psychological illnesses may experience deconditioning, as well. Deconditioning can be difficult to reverse once it begins, as the solution — exercise — becomes increasingly hard to perform as the condition progresses.
The most common causes of general deconditioning include:
- Old age
- Debilitating illness
- Serious injury
- Psychological conditions
Source: Vidant Health
Luna — physical therapy at your home for general deconditioning
Luna PTs specialize in treating patients suffering from general deconditioning. With expert knowledge and a sympathetic bedside manner, our PTs will help you restore muscle strength, regain flexibility, and get back on your feet.
The best part? Luna’s physical therapists treat patients in the comfort of their own homes. It’s physical therapy, delivered.