Created: January 15, 2014
Leslie F. Vogel, PT
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DBMD) are genetic neuromuscular diseases that result in progressive weakness and loss of ambulation in childhood. Once considered a childhood disease, young men with DBMD now live into their 20s, 30s, and even 40s. Physical therapists help people with DBMD improve their quality of life by 1) providing education to patients, families, and caregivers, 2) maximizing mobility at home as well as in the community, 3) limiting muscular contractures to improve care and comfort, and 4) performing tests and measures to help direct medical care and research.