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what is the link between immobility and the complications of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Bone loss: Bone strength is a result of calcium density which is promoted by tension on the bone by gravity effects and muscle contractions. Children with muscular dystrophy will lose bone strength rapidly if left immobile. Fractures can then easily occur due to thin bone density. Use of muscles and bearing weight are very important for bone health.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
It's progressive: The most common forms of muscular dystrophy are progressive. Immobility in general is related to muscle atrophy independent of disease. Patients with muscular dystrophy who stay active retain independence longer than those who do not, and some medications and surgeries can assist in this goal.

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