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Types of Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy

Treatment for MD usually consists of a combination of physical therapy, drugs to prevent/reduce spasms and encourage muscle strength, and devices like braces to help compensate for muscle weakness:

Mayoclinic.com: Muscular Dystrophy -- Treatment and Drugs

As the parent of a child with MD you may want to seek out the advice of a variety of specialists for treatment:
Early Childhood Initiative Foundation: What are some professionals my child may need to see?

Physical Therapy

The most common type of therapy for muscular dystrophy is physical therapy:

eHow - Treat MD with Physical Therapy

Medication

Some muscular dystrophy diseases can be managed or have symptoms somewhat alleviated by medication:

Umm.edu - Medication Treatment Options for MD

Other treatment options include corrective spinal surgery and assistive devices like canes and braces.

Possible Treatment Side Effects

To learn about what side effects are possible from steroid drugs, read on:

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign: Steroids and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - Some Questions and Answers

New Therapies

Since MD is a group of genetic diseases, it's not surprising that researchers are hopeful about finding a cure through gene therapy, among other approaches:

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Research News

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