The general term muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of diseases that involve weak muscles and loss of muscle tissue. Genetic and degenerative by nature, MD’s common symptoms may include abnormal spinal curvature, low muscle tone, or joint contracture,
While there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, treatments aim to control symptoms and allow patients to enjoy a high quality of life. Physical therapy can help with the maintenance of muscle strength, while braces or other orthopedic devices can increase mobility and range of motion. In some cases, leg or spinal surgery is the best option for improving function.