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Kids Can Move: A Physical Therapy Guide for Muscular Dystrophy

Physical therapy is an important aspect of treatment for children with muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders that cause progressive muscle weakness and wasting. The type of muscular dystrophy a child has will determine the specific symptoms and treatment plan.


Physical therapy can help children with muscular dystrophy maximize their function and independence. The goal of physical therapy is to help children maintain their strength, range of motion, and mobility for as long as possible. This can be achieved through a combination of exercises, stretches, and assistive devices.


One of the main focuses of physical therapy for children with muscular dystrophy is maintaining range of motion. This can be done through a combination of stretching and range of motion exercises. Stretching can help prevent contractures, which are permanent shortening of the muscles and tendons. Range of motion exercises can help maintain the flexibility of the joints and prevent stiffness.

Another important aspect of physical therapy for children with muscular dystrophy is strength training. Strength training can help children maintain their muscle strength for as long as possible. This can be done through a combination of exercises that target specific muscle groups.


Physical therapy can also help children with muscular dystrophy to improve their mobility. This can be done through the use of assistive devices such as walkers, crutches, or wheelchairs. Physical therapists can also teach children how to use these devices safely and effectively.


In addition to these specific physical therapy techniques, it is also important to work with the child and their family to establish a home exercise program. This will help the child to continue to make progress in between physical therapy sessions.

Physical therapy can be an important part of treatment for children with muscular dystrophy. By working with a physical therapist, children can maximize their function and independence. With the right therapy, children with muscular dystrophy can lead active and fulfilling lives.



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