Muscular Dystrophy Care

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a broad name for a group of hereditary diseases that weaken the muscles. Because the affected gene lies on the X chromosome, only males can suffer from Muscular Dystrophy – but both men and women can be carriers. Sometimes MD is caused by a spontaneous mutation.

The most common form of the disease is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which tends to show up in early childhood when boys start to have problems with walking, running and jumping. They may also have behavioural or learning difficulties, and by the time they reach their teens they may be unable to walk. Other forms of the disease can be much milder, starting later in life and progressing more slowly. However, they all involve some level of muscle wasting and limb weakness, which can cause mobility problems, heart abnormalities and respiratory difficulties.

As a specialist centre for degenerative disorders, the Meadows Care Centre at Badby Park provides an ideal environment to support people with Muscular Dystrophy and to help them live as full a life as possible. Our multi-disciplinary therapy team develops an individual care pathway for each patient, and families and loved ones are encouraged to get involved at every stage. Treatment takes place in comfortable, purpose-designed surroundings and includes activities both indoors and outdoors; our peaceful courtyard and sensory garden providing an atmosphere of calm and sanctuary.