Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic disorders associated with the progressive loss of muscle tissue and muscle strength. There is no cure yet for muscular dystrophy, but there are many treatments and strategies that can relieve patients’ symptoms and increase their quality of life.
Many patients need orthotic devices or braces early in the disease course. Later in life, many patients require a wheelchair or motorized chair for mobility.
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help patients maintain their mobility and improve their quality of life. Therapists work with patients to develop an exercise program and may prescribe braces or other mobility aids.
Some types of muscular dystrophy can affect patients’ breathing, especially at night. Respiratory support, including an apparatus to help with breathing or provide supplementary oxygen, may be needed in such cases.