Muscular Dystrophy refers to a group of genetic diseases that cause muscle weakness. Muscular Dystrophy is a rare disease when over time your muscles shrink and become weaker. Muscular Dystrophy may affect the way you perform your daily activities such as the way you brush your teeth or walk. Muscular Dystrophy runs in families and can appear at birth or develop during childhood or adulthood. One or both parents may pass a faulty gene to their child even if the parent doesn’t have the condition.
There are more than 30 different types of Muscular Dystrophy. The more common forms include Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), Congenital muscular dystrophies (CMD), and Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD).
Depending on the type of Muscular Dystrophy, you may experience different symptoms and different muscle aches. Besides muscle weakness, other signs of Muscular Dystrophy may include:
Muscular Dystrophy does not have a cure but there are treatments that can help manage the pain and the progression of the symptoms. Physical therapy and occupational therapy help maintain function, increase range of motion (ROM) and improve quality of life. Physical therapists and occupational therapists are movement experts and help to strengthen and stretch muscles. Physical therapy and Occupational therapy can help with keeping the muscles flexible and strong to avoid muscle tightness.
At Reddy Care Physical, Occupational and Aquatic Therapy, your physical therapist and/or occupational therapist will provide an evaluation to develop a unique treatment plan for your specific needs. Call our office today to schedule an appointment or to find out more information.
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