How Is Muscular Dystrophy Treated?
The treatment depends upon the specific cause of muscle weakness. Some forms have treatments that may slow the progression of weakness (e.g. the use of steroids in Duchene Muscular Dystrophy). However in some forms of muscular dystrophy, there are no specific treatments that will cure or slow the progression of the condition. In all patients, there are treatments to optimize health and function. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive equipment (e.g. mobility devices such as walkers and wheel chairs) and orthopedic management (e.g. to prevent or treat scoliosis and contractures). If a patient has breathing or heart concerns, these should be managed by a lung or heart specialist. It is important to insure optimal nutrition and consultation with a dietician may be helpful.
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