Treatments currently available for LGMD are directed at symptom management for individual patient needs
The goal of an LGMD symptom management plan is to ease the effects the disease has on various parts of the body. Typically, a team of healthcare providers is involved, often directed by a neurologist or neuromuscular specialist who is the patient’s primary doctor. A management plan may include:
- Physical and occupational therapy to help improve movement and perform activities of daily living
- Mobility devices such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs
- Orthopedic surgery for some complications
- Speech and swallow therapies if facial muscles are affected
- Cardiac care for heart complications
- Ventilation machines or other respiratory aids for breathing difficulties
- Psychosocial support for the disease’s emotional challenges
Since many LGMD subtypes affect the heart and breathing muscles, it’s particularly critical that patients continue to be monitored for these life-threatening complications.
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