What is the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy?

Muscle atrophy. Muscle atrophy is shrinkage of the muscle itself dues to disuse or disease, where as muscular dystrophy is a disease (inherited) that cause muscle to be sick and atrophy.
Disease vs Symptom. Atrophy is a general term for reduced bulk in a muscle. There are many causes for muscular atrophy, and muscular dystrophy can be one of them.

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What is muscular dystrophy? And what's the difference between muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy? And what can be done to strengthen the muscle

Genetics? Muscular atrophy (loss of bulk) can occur as a result of disuse or after inflammation , infection, endocrine disorder etc. When it has a genetic basis it is called muscular dystrophy. Read more...
Dystrophy vs atrophy. This is a VERY large and complicated subject. It can't possibly be answered properly in 400 characters. For lots more information, go to http://mda.org. Read more...
Muscular Dystrophy . is a group of genetic disorders inherited in different patterns & characterized by loss of muscle tissue, or atrophy, progressive muscle weakness & defects in muscle protein. Muscle atrophy, or loss of muscle tissue, is either from disuse or from any disorder of or trauma to areas of the central nervous system or the nerves that control muscles. Treatments of muscle atrophy depend on the cause. Read more...

Are there ways to reverse muscular atrophy if you have muscular dystrophy?

Usually not. There are some experimental compounds that may prevent or delay atrophy in muscular dystrophy but nothing that uasually brings back muscles that have atrophied already. One should discuss preventative measures as well as possible treatmenst with a neuromuscular neurologist. Read more...