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Muscular Dystrophy Treatment in San Antonio

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Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and reduction in muscle mass. There are different types of muscular dystrophy and the most effective treatment method varies depending on the type. At Neuromuscular and EMG Specialists of Texas, Dr. Wong effectively diagnoses muscular dystrophy in patients in San Antonio.

Whether you need diagnosis or treatment for muscular dystrophy, contact our office at (210) 962-5557 to schedule an appointment. 

Causes of Muscular Dystrophy

When a patient has muscular dystrophy, abnormal gene mutations interfere with their ability to produce the proteins that are essential for the formation of healthy muscle tissue. Some types of muscular dystrophy are diagnosed in childhood, while others don’t appear until middle age. The most common form of muscular dystrophy in children is known as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and it is much more common in boys than girls.

Some of the signs of muscular dystrophy may include:

  • Difficulty running and jumping
  • Frequent falls
  • Wadding gait or toe walking
  • Muscle pain and stiff muscles
  • Enlarged calf muscles
  • Learning disabilities

The prognosis for an individual with muscular dystrophy varies, depending on the type of muscular dystrophy and the severity of the person’s symptoms. Eventually, most people with the disease will be unable to walk and will need to use a wheelchair.

How Muscular Dystrophy Is Diagnosed

There is not one specific diagnostic exam for muscular dystrophy. Instead, a few different tests and methods are used.

Diagnostic options include:

  • Blood tests for genetic markers of muscular dystrophy
  • Blood tests for certain enzymes
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Although there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, there are treatments that can help slow its progression. Treatment options include corticosteroid medications, medications for related heart problems, assisted ventilation, and surgical procedures.

Reach Out to Our San Antonio Neurologist

Whether you are in need of diagnosis or treatment for muscular dystrophy, look no further. Our experienced San Antonio neurologist is prepared to help you every step of the way.

We encourage you to call our office at (210) 962-5557 to request more information about our services and schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Neuromuscular and EMG Specialists of Texas?

  • Expert Care

  • Triple board-certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

  • Comprehensive care while accepting most insurance plans for your convenience

  • In-depth appointments with a fellowship-trained neuromuscular physician