Muscular Dystrophy – Late Onset
Muscle weakness and wasting that occurs later in life. The severity is variable with severe cases involving wheelchair confinement and death can occur if the heart muscle becomes involved. Progression may be slow or rapid. Slow progressing cases can result in a normal life span.
Progressive muscle weakness Progressive muscle wasting
There is no cure for muscular dystrophy but the use of orthopaedic devices and physiotherapy can: Keep affected people walking for longer Minimise crippling joint contractures Prevent or delay scoliosis (curvature of the spine) Ease discomfort Maximise independence in daily activities.