Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Is Your Child Living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?
There are four different types of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) being one of them. As stated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy can be defined as follows:
“Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness due to the alterations of a protein called dystrophin that helps keep muscle cells intact. DMD is one of four conditions known as dystrophinopathies.
DMD symptom onset is in early childhood, usually between ages 2 and 3. The disease primarily affects boys, but in rare cases it can affect girls.”
In the early stages of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, it is common for symptoms to appear in the shoulders, upper arms, hips, and thighs. This can lead to difficulties when your child tries to rise up from the floor, lift their arms, climb the stairs, and maintain balance when moving.
If your child is living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or you think he or she might be, early intervention is key. Contact Jeevam Therapy today to discover how our experienced Edison and Paramus, NJ physical therapists can help your child.
How will physical therapy help my child with DMD?
Physical therapy is integral to maintain muscle functioning and avoid joint problems. The goals of such therapy are to help a patient stay as flexible, strong and symmetrical as possible. Our Edison and Paramus, NJ physical therapists will work with your child to help them exercise, stretch, and maintain appropriate posture.
They may also assist with hydro-based therapy, and will continually observe your child’s spine, respiratory, and musculoskeletal function. Physical therapists are also key in prescribing and monitoring adaptive seating and equipment.
Many parents also rely on the therapists to assist their child’s school staff with modifications, advocating for the family, and communicating with insurance companies. Even when a child is relegated to a wheelchair, physical therapy can help improve that child’s abilities.
How can I get my child started on treatments?
If you are facing a diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in your child, it is never too early to contact a pediatric physical therapist to learn more about the modes of support available to you.
Our Edison and Paramus, NJ physical therapists would be more than happy to consult with you about the different pediatric treatment options available, so you can get your child started on the very best course of treatment for his or her needs.
Physical therapy can be a tremendously helpful tool, especially in the face of a muscular dystrophy diagnosis. Contact Jeevam Therapy today to get started on the first steps of helping your child utilize their function.