What are the surgical modalities used in the treatment of muscular dystrophy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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The role of the orthopedic surgeon is to correct the deformities and to help maintain the dystrophic child's ambulatory status for as long as possible, usually 1-3.5 years. [56, 57] The modalities available to obtain these goals have been well outlined by Drennan [58]  and include the following:

  • Functional testing
  • Physical therapy
  • Use of orthoses
  • Fracture management
  • Soft-tissue, bone, and spinal surgeries
  • Use of a wheelchair when indicated
  • Genetic and/or psychological testing

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