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Health Issue: Muscular Dystrophy

Treatment and Care

There are no known cures for the various muscular dystrophies. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms.

Physical therapy may help patients maintain muscle strength and function. Orthopedic appliances such as braces and wheelchairs can improve mobility and self-care abilities. In some cases, surgery on the spine or legs may help improve function.

Corticosteroids taken by mouth are sometimes prescribed to children to keep them walking for as long as possible.

The person should be as active as possible. Complete inactivity (such as bed rest) can make the disease worse.


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