There are many different types of muscular dystrophy (MD), a neuromuscular disorder that causes progressive (worsening) muscle weakness. At Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute, we provide expert diagnosis and treatment services for all forms of muscular dystrophy.
Our leading experts in neuromuscular care provide the full spectrum of services, including genetic counseling, the latest therapies, and rehabilitative care. Our goal is to help you improve your functional abilities and manage your symptoms over time.
In some forms of muscular dystrophy, symptoms show up early, such as during infancy or childhood. Other types of muscular dystrophy don’t appear until middle age.
The type and severity of symptoms may vary depending on the specific form of the condition. Common symptoms include:
A complete neurological examination is the first step to an accurate diagnosis. Your physician will also talk to you about your symptoms and your medical and family history. Muscular dystrophy is an inherited condition, which means it can be passed down among families.
At AHN, you have access to the latest diagnostic tests. Your physician may order one or more of these tests to provide a precise diagnosis:
Researchers have not yet found a cure for muscular dystrophy. Our specialists work with you to develop a treatment plan that improves your symptoms and meets your changing needs over time. This approach provides a high level of personalized care.
We treat muscular dystrophy using a range of medications and rehabilitative therapies, including: