Muscula Dystrophy

Muscula Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is an inherited neuromuscular condition that progressively weakens the muscles in the body leading to reduced mobility.

Muscular dystrophy is caused by gene mutations that are responsible for the structure and function of muscles. The gene mutations change the muscle fibres, and interfere with their ability to contract.

Different types of MD affect different muscles. The severity of conditions, its clinical course and how it affects individuals varies greatly from person to person.

Common symptoms include:

The effects, severity and onset of symptoms of MD are dependent on the type of MD a person has. The following symptoms may include:

  • Progressive muscular wasting (weakness)
  • Poor balance
  • Frequent falls
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty walking, standing
  • Un-coordinated gait
  • Limited range of movement
  • Breathing problems
  • Back problems

How we can help?

Physiotherapy treatment will focus on controlling symptoms, such as muscle spasm and help keep your muscles working in as good a condition as possible. Physiotherapy treatment will include muscle exercises, because inactivity may make the condition worse.

Physiotherapy treatment will help make activities easier to achieve by reducing pain and improving joint flexibility and muscle strength. Physiotherapy treatment will also promote independence and maximise your potential. Physiotherapy treatment will be centred around:

  • Stretching to reduce muscle tension and joint stiffness
  • Exercises to increase muscle strength and energy levels. This will also increase self-esteem and confidence with daily tasks
  • Passive and active movement of joints to improve flexibility and circulation
  • Postural advice to increase comfort and prevent pressure sores when lying and sitting
  • Activities to improve balance and coordination
  • Promote functional activities important to you
  • Regular standing if necessary
  • Advice on mechanical support such as wheelchairs walking aids and orthotic devices in order to maintain functional ability
  • Hydrotherapy and massage to relax sore muscles
  • Breathing control and assisted coughing if appropriate to maintain a clear chest

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