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In 1954 I contracted polio, has any new research been done

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In 1954 I contracted polio, has any new research been done in relation to muscle wastage and strengthening of those muscles effected? Have any reports of reoccurances in later years been made? What can I do to help my right leg which has a slight foot drop and has thinned muscles?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 5 years ago.



Unfortunately at this point there is really nothing new that can be done. The damage is from irreversible injury to the nerve roots ( anterior horn cells)- The muscle weaken due to nerve injury in the spinal cord .

Some people actually do get "post-polio" syndrome with new and progressive weakness and pain in the area many years later , after years of compensating use.

There is really no proven effective therapy for post-polio weakness and pain- but some neurologists may consider experimental treatments- none of which are known to be very useful now.


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