Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease?

Updated: Feb 19, 2019
  • Author: Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, PhD, MSc, FAAN; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Patients with CMT should lead as much of a full lifestyle as they can manage. As long as patients feel capable of performing activities, then no clear reason exists for them not to do so. However, avoidance of exhaustion is important because of recent evidence that the intrinsic hand muscles of the dominant, and thus more active hand, may be weaker in CMT than those of the nondominant hand. Another caveat concerns HNPP patients, who, as much as possible should avoid work and recreational activities that can compress or otherwise injure nerves.


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