What are CDC recommendations for physical therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Additional recommendations for physical therapy include the following:

  • Active, active-assisted, and/or passive stretching to prevent or minimize contractures should be done a minimum of 4-6 days per week for any specific joint or muscle group
  • Stretching should be done at home and/or school, as well as in the clinic
  • Regular stretching at the ankle, knee, and hip is necessary
  • During the non-ambulatory phase, regular stretching of the upper extremities, including the long finger flexors and wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints, also becomes necessary
  • Additional areas that require stretching can be identified by individual examination

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