There is no cure. However, treatment may help improve the symptoms.
Treatment may consist of:
Physical Therapy and Exercise
Physical therapy and exercise can help prevent the muscles from permanently contracting and stiffening.
In earlier stages, wearing braces may improve your ability to move around. A back brace may slow curvature of the spine.
Medications may include:
- Corticosteroids to relieve muscle weakness (chronic steroids can also cause muscle injury called “steroid myopathy”)
- Creatine supplements (shown to reduce fatigue and increase strength in some studies)
- Drugs for heart problems if muscular dystrophy affects the heart
In severe cases, surgery may be needed to release muscles that are painfully tight. If there are heart problems, a pacemaker may be needed.
Other treatments are being studied.
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