After his motorcycle accident, Ross noticed the weakening effect that atrophy was having upon his leg muscles, which were no longer able to support him. The doctor told him that six months of lying inactive in bed had atrophied and weakened his leg muscles. After several trying weeks of physical therapy, Ross had regained some of his strength but had completely stopped his muscles from atrophying or wasting away any further. In a few months, however, he was stronger than ever, and the force of atrophy or decay had ceased to be a factor in body, mind, and spirit.
Quiz: What happens to a muscle that is undergoing atrophy?
- It gets smaller due to malnourishment.
- It remains the same size but develops the ability to endure for longer periods of time.
- It gets stronger and bigger due to rigorous exercise.