Written by Janelle Martel | Published on August 20, 2012
Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD
There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, but treatments can help to manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Treatments depend on the symptoms experienced.
Treatment options include:
corticosteroid drugs, which help strengthen muscles and slow the progression of muscle deterioration
physical therapy, which helps to strengthen muscles and maintain their range of motion
occupational therapy, which helps the individual to become more independent. This therapy addresses coping skills, social skills, and how to access helpful community services.
medication for heart problems
surgery to help correct shortening of muscles, treat scoliosis, repair cataracts, or treat cardiac problems