What is the goal of orthopedic management for muscular dystrophy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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The goal of orthopedic management is, therefore, to preserve or prolong patients' ambulatory status for as long as possible. This goal can be achieved with soft-tissue releases for contractures, vigilant monitoring of BMD (especially when the patient is on steroid therapy), and treatment of osteoporosis. If patients develop significant scoliosis, which generally occurs after they stop walking, early stabilization of the spine should be considered.


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