Children with muscular dystrophy are prone to contractures of muscles especially in the flexors of the hip and knee. The first signs of the disease are weakness in the legs, overall fatigue, frequent falls, and fractures. When the child is standing there is obvious lumbar lordosis and the gait is a waddle. There is presently no cure for muscular dystrophy, as nothing can be done to prevent the wasting process. Treatment is aimed at preventing deformity, keeping the patient ambulatory and maintaining range of motion. The family should observe the clinical routines and be informed of the progress from the therapist. Home programs should be demonstrated and written out for the patient to follow.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Corrective Therapy Journal|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1977|
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