Wellness - Disabilities | 2-9 yrs

Muscular Dystrophy: All You Need To Know

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A healthy mind in a healthy body does not generally hold true, especially in the case of people with muscular dystrophy. From the examples of child legend Mattie Stepanek and the genius Stephan Hawkins, we see how brilliant minds can flourish even in suffering bodies.

Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. There are different kinds of muscular dystrophy and the onset of these can be at different ages, even as early as at the age of two or three years.

It is a good habit to measure your little darling’s growth and development using available and established milestones. “Specialists can also identify muscular dystrophy through genetic testing. By examining a blood sample, they can determine whether the child has a genetic mutation that causes muscular dystrophy,” according to Parents magazine.

Although there is no known cure for this illness, science has made huge advances in helping to make life easier for children and adults with this illness. There are medicines, physiotherapy, electronic equipment and braces that can alleviate the symptoms of muscular dystrophy.

For a person to live contentedly with muscular dystrophy, he needs to be surrounded with loving and encouraging friends and family. Time and again, persons suffering from this illness have astonished the world with what they can achieve in spite of the odds they face.

There is always hope that a cure will be found someday for muscular dystrophy. Meanwhile, to be well-informed must be a priority for every parent. This ClipBook will furnish you with all the required information regarding this illness, its diagnosis and treatment.

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