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Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of genetic disorders that cause progressive muscle weakness and wasting. MD is caused by mutations in genes that affect the muscles, leading to the inability of the body to produce the proteins necessary for healthy muscle function. Patient Handling provides a range of equipment suitable to assist those with Muscular Dystrophy.

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a group of illnesses characterised by progressive muscle weakness and loss. In muscular dystrophy, faulty genes (mutations) cause protein synthesis to be disrupted, in most cases, muscular dystrophy is inherited from a parent, and there are several forms of the illness.

The most common form of MD is Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which mainly affects boys and is caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. DMD leads to progressive muscle weakness, particularly in the legs, hips, pelvis, and shoulders, which can eventually make it difficult to walk or stand.
Other forms of MD include Becker muscular dystrophy, Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, Congenital muscular dystrophy, and Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, each with different symptoms and progression.

MD is a lifelong condition, and there is currently no cure. However, treatment can help manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Treatment options include physical therapy, orthotic devices, and medication to improve muscle strength and function. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to help with mobility.
It’s important to note that MD is a progressive disorder, and the symptoms and rate of progression can vary significantly from person to person. A multidisciplinary approach is essential for treating individuals with MD, including support and counselling for the patient and their family.

Because muscular dystrophy can affect you in so many ways, it necessitates the involvement of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to effectively treat the symptoms of the illness. DMD affects about one in three thousand male births and about one in fifty million female births. Although there is no cure for muscular dystrophy at present, several possible medications are being tested in clinical trials. Corticosteroid medication may postpone the onset of certain symptoms by several years.

Supportive and symptomatic aids are accessible, and a team of medical professionals can provide comfort, mobility, and even life expectancy improvement through care.

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