Muscular dystrophy is a group of more than 30 distinct disorders that all impair the body’s normal process of building and restoring muscle, causing irreversible damage. As muscular dystrophy progresses, people experience varying levels of weakness and muscle-control problems. Some will be able to walk and move independently for the rest of their lives, but most patients will eventually need a wheelchair.
Muscular dystrophy affects children and adults. Because the disorder is so varied, it can be frustrating to get proper diagnosis and treatment. However, with proper care, it is possible for patients with muscular dystrophy to maintain a good quality of life. At Yale Medicine, our doctors not only treat your disease but also help you incorporate treatment into all aspects of your life.