Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive muscle weakness. This weakness is caused by abnormal genes which interfere with the production of an important protein which is needed for the structural integrity of muscles. Without it, muscles are fragile and easily damaged.

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic and progressive condition. There are more than 30 types of muscular dystrophy, each with their own pattern of muscle weakness and wasting. Symptoms include:

  • Frequent falls
  • Difficulty standing
  • Trouble running and jumping
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Learning disabilities
  • Delayed growth
  • Walking on toes


How can we help?

There is no cure for Muscular Dystrophy however treatment for some aspects of the disease can help to improve quality of lie and maintain mobility. Physiotherapy and exercise physiology can help to provide range of motion and stretching exercises to maintain the individual’s joint mobility and comfort. We can also assist with low-impact exercise to maintain your strength and health and assist to prescribe assistive equipment for exercise and mobility to maximise your independence.



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