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Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is one of several conditions that affect muscles and nerves, causing muscle weakness and movement difficulties. All are caused by a genetic defect, and in some cases the gene has been identified. There is no cure for any form of muscular dystrophy yet, but experimental gene therapy is currently being investigated. Many treatments are available to overcome specific problems associated with these conditions. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, assistive technology, and in some cases surgery can all help patients improve and retain physical abilities. Neuromuscular diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy are managed by a team of specialists at Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC), including orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians, therapists and orthotists. Goals for treatment are outlined, plans are developed, and braces or surgical procedures are then used to achieve these goals