Physical therapist Tina Duong discusses physical therapist treatment of muscular dystrophy.
The physical therapist is an important partner in health care and fitness for anyone with MD. Physical therapy should start as soon as possible after diagnosis. And it is best to begin before joint or muscle tightness develops.
Physical therapists identify muscle weakness. They work with each child to keep muscles as flexible and strong as possible. They also help reduce or prevent contractures and deformities. Physical therapists encourage movement and mobility for optimal function throughout all life stages.
Treatment plans are tailored to meet the child’s needs using a family-centered approach. The physical therapist also may work with other professionals to obtain the best walking aids, braces, or wheelchair needed for each child.
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