Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy
This is a genetic condition where slow, progressive, muscle wasting leads to increasing weakness and disability. There are over 20 types of genetic muscular disorders and 1 in 20,000 babies are born with the condition in the UK each year. The main types include:

Duchenne;

  • Most common
  • A faulty gene prevents the production of a protein called dystrophin 
  • More boys than girls
  • Most will be in wheelchairs by 11

Becker;

  • Milder form of Duchenne and more common in boys
  • Often not apparent before 11

Limb-girdle;

  • 15 different variations of genetic muscular disorders
  • Equal number of boys to girls and starts in late childhood
  • Initially affects the muscles around the shoulder girdle and hip girdle

Facioscapulohumeral;

  • Equal number of boys and girls
  • Affects facial, shoulder and humerus muscles
  • Slow developing and apparent from 10 – 40 years of age

Physiotherapy treatment for Muscular Dystrophy includes stretching and strengthening exercises and activities to help maintain muscle strength, increase flexibility and reduce muscle spasms.

Treatment Aims:

  • Delay/prevent development of contractures
  • Monitor respiratory function and advise on techniques to maintain strength and clear airways
  • Maintain independence for as long as possible
  • Advise on movement and handling techniques
  • Advise on relevant positioning
Dyspraxia Foundation
Apraxia-KIDS (a program of The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association)
Dyspraxic Teens Forum

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