Muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic neuromuscular disorders that cause wasting of muscles tissues throughout the body. Usually arising in childhood, muscular dystrophy can progress slowly or quickly, depending on type. As the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to walk, grasp objects, and perform other everyday motor functions. It also leads to postural and breathing problems. For some people, the disease shortens life expectancy.

There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy. For the time being, treatments include steroids and surgery, along with physical therapy and assistive aids. Researchers around the world are investigating the biology of the disease and searching for solutions. Stem cell therapy is one promising possibility. Mobility Project researchers are learning how the nervous system develops and controls movement, while investigating new approaches to neural regeneration.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada operates chapters across the county to provide information and services to patients and families, while raising awareness and funds for services and research.