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The Role of Physiotherapy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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22 May 2020

The goal of physiotherapy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is to preserve range of motion (the flexibility of a joint), strength, and function.

Physical therapists play an important role in:

  • Minimising contractures by introducing daily regular stretching
  • Maintaining function and adapting to any loss of function
  • Monitoring function over time through standard tests and measures
  • Assessing for and managing compromised skin integrity
  • Preventing and managing pain
  • Prescribing exercise and supervising safe physical activity (i.e. low load, low resistance exercise)
  • Recommending mobility devices, adaptive seating, and other equipment
  • Rehabilitation after injury or fracture

Access the Range of Motion Guidelines created by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy [PPMD]: