Treatment and living with muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of inherited genetic disorders that progressively weaken and damage the muscles.

With there currently being no cure for MD, it can have a significant impact on people’s lives. However, various treatment options can help to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life.

In this final blog in the muscular dystrophy series, we’ll explore the available treatments and offer some advice for living with the disease.

Medical treatments


Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed to slow muscle degeneration and improve strength. However, they come with a range of side effects, such as weight gain and weakened bones, so their long-term use is generally carefully managed.

Physical therapy

This can help maintain muscle strength and flexibility. Exercises are tailored to each patient’s needs and can help delay the progression of symptoms.


For those with severe muscle weakness, surgery may be necessary to correct physical issues.

Spinal surgeries are sometimes needed to correct curvature of the spine, and respiratory aid can be provided for those with breathing difficulties.

Assistive technologies

Mobility aids

Wheelchairs and scooters can help individuals maintain independence.

Furthermore, adaptations to the home, such as stairlifts or ramps, can also make a big difference.

Respiratory support

Some people with MD may require ventilators or other breathing aids, particularly at night, to help with respiratory function.

Lifestyle adjustments

Diet and exercise

A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients can help maintain overall health.

Although high-impact exercise can be detrimental, low-impact activities like swimming can be beneficial too.

Emotional support

Living with MD can be emotionally challenging. Support from family and friends, as well as mental health professionals, can be invaluable.

Here at Synergy Complex Care, we understand the difficulty of living with muscular dystrophy, and so our holistic approach allows each individual to live their life as independently as possible.

If you would like to contact us about our care plans for yourself or a loved one, please get in touch.

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