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What is Mascular Dystrophy?


What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy is a term that refers to a group of muscle disorders in which the face, arm, leg, spine, or heart muscles gradually shrink and weaken over time. Muscular dystrophies are characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue.

There are a variety of types of muscular dystrophy, including:

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • myotonic dystrophy
  • Becker's muscular dystrophy
  • facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • the limb-girdle muscular dystrophies
  • Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
  • oculopharyngeal dystrophy
  • distal muscular dystrophy
  • mitochondrial myopathies

Apart from the nine major types of muscular dystrophy listed above, several MD-like conditions have also been identified. Normal intellectual, muscular, behavioral, bowel and sexual function is noticed in individuals with other forms of MD and MD-like conditions. MD-affected individuals with susceptible intellectual impairment are diagnosed through molecular characteristics but not through problems associated with disability.[7] However, a third of patients who are severely affected with DMD may have cognitive impairment, behavioral, vision and speech problems.

MD can affect people of all ages. Although some forms first become apparent in infancy or childhood, others may not appear until middle age or later. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common form affecting children, while myotonic MD is the most common form affecting adults.

Symptoms of MD:

Symptoms vary with the different types of muscular dystrophy.All of the muscles may be affected. Or, only specific groups of muscles may be affected, such as those around the pelvis, shoulder, or face. Muscular dystrophy can affect adults, but the more severe forms tend to occur in early childhood.

Symptoms include:

·         Intellectual disability (only present in some types of the condition)

·         Muscle weakness that slowly gets worse

·         Delayed development of muscle motor skills

·         Difficulty using one or more muscle groups

·         Drooling

·         Eyelid drooping (ptosis)

·         Frequent falls

·         Loss of strength in a muscle or group of muscles as an adult

·         Loss in muscle size

·         Problems walking (delayed walking)

Treating with Acupuncture

Classical Acupuncture is one of the finest treatment methods by proper diagnosing and without any medicines for MD. In Raaja’s ACUAROGYA clinic we have dealt with these kind of problems and we have given satisfied results to the patients with the help of classical acupuncture techniques.