Muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is the term used for a range of muscle wasting conditions affecting children. The main types that affect children are: Duchenne, Becker, Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA) limb girdle and Charcot Marie Tooth / Hereditary Motor Sensory Neuropathy (HMSN). There is a gradual loss of muscle bulk and power with a loss of function in arms, legs and/or trunk. 

How can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy can help maintain quality of life in the following ways:

  • slow the onset of muscle contractures with active therapy and positioning
  • maintain mobility
  • optimise the strength of muscles
  • maintain function by advising on appropriate equipment/aids
  • optimise respiratory function
  • recommend appropriate adjuncts to treatment, such as hydrotherapy and orthotics
  • advise on environmental adaptations and switches for technological devices
  • recommend and refer to appropriate sporting activities
  • liaison with NHS therapy providers
Physio treatment children improving strength for sitting to standing

More information can be found on the website

Link to Motor Neurone Disease Association website

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