Neuromuscular conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease and Fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) are some of the neuromuscular conditions that we see.
DMD is the most common childhood muscular dystrophy and is characteried by loss of muscle strength and bulk. CMT is an group term for inherited or genetic disorders that affect the peripheral nervous system. Clinical signs vary widely but can lead to lower limb deformities and foot drop.
FSHD can begin from early infancy to adulthood. It is characterised by progressive muscle weakness and loss of function. Weakness is mostly picked up in the upper arm, back and shoulders and face, with some also experiencing weakness in the trunk and lower limbs.
Evidence shows that you can successfully treat or manage many of the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions with a tailored neurological rehabilitation program designed by paediatric neurological physiotherapists. Paediatric neurological physiotherapists are physiotherapists with additional training and expertise in treating problems related to the brain, spinal cord, inner ear and nerves that affect childhood development. It is important to note that these conditions are chronic and can leave a wide ranging impact on the child or adult as they get older. As there is no current cure for these conditions, improving quality of life and support for physical functioning is important and often benefits from a multi-disciplinary team approach. We can assist you in seeking other health professional expertise to complement your existing network or direct you to be assessed further in a timely way.