There’s no cure for MD, but a range of treatments can help with the physical disabilities and problems that may develop. These can include:
- mobility assistance – including exercise, physiotherapy and physical aids
- support groups – to deal with the practical and emotional impact of MD
- surgery – to correct postural deformities, such as scoliosis
- medication – such as steroids to improve muscle strength, or ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers to treat heart problems
New research is looking into ways of repairing the genetic mutations and damaged muscles associated with MD. There are currently promising clinical trials for Duchenne MD.
Read more about treating MD.