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Southwest General was founded in response to a devastating, post-World War I flu epidemic, during which many area residents died while being transported to the nearest Cleveland hospital. Concerned with the need for a local hospital, members of the community rallied together and raised $100,000 to create a new medical facility that could provide the sick with the care and attention they needed. We commemorate the impressive work of our founders by continuously expanding and improving our services to better meet the medical needs of our community.

In the beginning, Southwest General was a 32-bed hospital in Berea. Today, we have more than 350-beds and provide routine and emergency medical services to the people of southwestern Cuyahoga, northern Medina and eastern Lorain counties.

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Providing Patients With the Services They Need

Southwest General was founded in response to a devastating, post-World War I flu epidemic, during which many area residents died while being transported to the nearest Cleveland hospital. Concerned with the need for a local hospital, members of the community rallied together and raised $100,000 to create a new medical facility that could provide the sick with the care and attention they needed. We commemorate the impressive work of our founders by continuously expanding and improving our services to better meet the medical needs of our community.

In the beginning, Southwest General was a 32-bed hospital in Berea. Today, we have more than 350-beds and provide routine and emergency medical services to the people of southwestern Cuyahoga, northern Medina and eastern Lorain counties.

Compassionate Medical Care

We take our responsibility as a health care provider very seriously. Caring for patients goes beyond prescribing medication and bandaging wounds— it is our job to listen to people and work with them to provide compassionate care that addresses all of their needs. Whatever situation brings you and your family to our doors, you can trust that our team will be ready to help you with exceptional care and attention.

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Muscle atrophy

Definition

Muscle atrophy is the wasting or loss of muscle tissue.

Alternative Names

Muscle wasting; Wasting; Atrophy of the muscles

Causes

There are two types of muscle atrophy: disuse and neurogenic.

Disuse atrophy is caused by not using the muscles enough. This type of atrophy can often be reversed with exercise and better nutrition. People who are most affected are those who:

Neurogenic atrophy is the most severe type of muscle atrophy. It can be from an injury to, or disease of, a nerve that connects to the muscle. This type of muscle atrophy tends to occur more suddenly than disuse atrophy.

Examples of diseases affecting the nerves that control muscles:

Although people can adapt to muscle atrophy, even minor muscle atrophy causes some loss of movement or strength.

Other causes of muscle atrophy may include:

Home Care

An exercise program may help treat muscle atrophy. Exercises may include ones done in a swimming pool to reduce the muscle workload, and other types of rehabilitation. Your health care provider can tell you more about this.

People who cannot actively move one or more joints can do exercises using braces or splints.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your provider for an appointment if you have unexplained or long-term muscle loss. You can often see this when you compare one hand, arm, or leg to the other.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The provider will perform a physical examination and ask about your medical history and symptoms, including:

The provider will look at your arms and legs and measure muscle size. This may help determine which nerves are affected.

Tests that may be performed include:

Treatment may include physical therapy, ultrasound therapy and, in some cases, surgery to correct a contracture.

References

Gibson J, Huntley J. The musculoskeletal system. In: Douglas G, Nicol F, Robertson C, eds. Macleod's Clinical Examination. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2013:chap 14.

Selcen D. Muscle diseases. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 25th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 421.


Review Date: 1/5/2016
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Welcome to Southwest General Health Center

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One thing everyone wants for themselves and their loved ones is a long, healthy life. Southwest General Health Center is an award-winning hospital in Middleburg Heights, Ohio serving the Greater Cleveland area. We take great pride in serving the people of our community and strive to provide each and every patient with exceptional health care. In addition to our patients’ physical needs, we provide them with resources for mental, emotional and spiritual support for an optimal healing experience.

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Providing Patients With the Services They Need

Southwest General was founded in response to a devastating, post-World War I flu epidemic, during which many area residents died while being transported to the nearest Cleveland hospital. Concerned with the need for a local hospital, members of the community rallied together and raised $100,000 to create a new medical facility that could provide the sick with the care and attention they needed. We commemorate the impressive work of our founders by continuously expanding and improving our services to better meet the medical needs of our community.

In the beginning, Southwest General was a 32-bed hospital in Berea. Today, we have more than 350-beds and provide routine and emergency medical services to the people of southwestern Cuyahoga, northern Medina and eastern Lorain counties.

Compassionate Medical Care

We take our responsibility as a health care provider very seriously. Caring for patients goes beyond prescribing medication and bandaging wounds— it is our job to listen to people and work with them to provide compassionate care that addresses all of their needs. Whatever situation brings you and your family to our doors, you can trust that our team will be ready to help you with exceptional care and attention.

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