How is muscle weakness treated in congenital myopathy?

Updated: Mar 11, 2019
  • Author: Matthew Harmelink, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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The treatment of muscle weakness revolves around stretching, bracing, and supportive care. Contractures can severely limit activities of daily living. Given this, involvement of physical therapy for both stretching and appropriate bracing is needed. However, depending upon the pathophysiology of the disease, bracing is sometimes contraindicated as imobility can result in worsening weakness. In some cases, where the weakness is severe enough, there may be a need for assistive devices including wheelchairs or similar mobility devices.


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