Knowing that your child is doomed to live a life nailed in the wheelchair and can barely perform the basic functions of life is a difficult reality to accept. These are only few of the medical conditions suffered by patients of Muscular Dystrophy, also known as MD.
What is it?
Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder that is characterized by progressive weakening of the body muscles and it also degenerates the skeletal muscles that control the movements. This condition is inherited and caused by wrong or missing genetic information that prevents the body from making proteins to build and maintain healthy muscles.
Muscular Dystrophy is quite difficult to identify during the first few years of the child’s life. In fact, the symptoms are not noticeable at all in this stage because most of the MD patients follow the normal pattern of child development. Generally the common symptoms of MD will start only to appear in time, though it varies according to the forms of MD.
In some rare cases, symptoms transpire as early as infancy while in others, symptoms will not appear until adulthood.
The first noticeable symptoms of MD include difficulty in climbing the stairs; child prefers to walk on the toes, loss of function, waddle and stumble, struggles to get up from a sitting position and finds difficulty in pushing things.
As the medical condition worsen, the MD patients will have walking difficulty, frequent falls, calf pain, Scoliosis, drooping eyelids, inability to walk, among others.
So far, there is no specific cure for MD cases. The research for treatment is still ongoing though there are some recommendations to alleviate the patients from their medical conditions.
The most common recommendations are physical therapy, exercise and the use of orthopedic devices such as braces and wheelchairs. These can be used during early detection of the disorder as it aims to improve flexibility and mobility of the MD patients.