Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a group of more than 30 neurodegenerative diseases which weaken and progressively impair the function of muscles, resulting in loss of muscle mass, and the permanent death of muscle cells and tissue. Frequently genetic, earliest symptoms usually occur in childhood including loss of strength and stamina, difficulty breathing, and trouble swallowing, which can then advance to cardiac issues and dependence on a wheelchair.
The location and extent of disability varies depending on the form of MD, yet certain kinds are known to shorten the life span. Treatments are focused on relieving symptoms and maintaining quality of life, and can include medication, physiotherapy, breathing aids, and/or surgery.
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The Nerve Disorders Center of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of peripheral nerve disorders clinicians including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychological care providers and rehabilitation professionals.