Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Myotonic Dystrophy Treatment

There is no cure for muscular dystrophy. Treatment for muscular dystrophy depends on the type and severity of disease. Treatment often includes weight reduction, physical therapy, and corticosteroid medications. Gene therapy may be an option for some patients.

Treatment options for muscular dystrophy include:

Myotonic Dystrophy Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of muscular dystrophy.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Myotonic Dystrophy Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat muscular dystrophy:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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