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How does therapy help people with mitochondrial diseases?

Physical therapy or occupational therapy may benefit people with mitochondrial diseases because these therapies can help to maintain or improve existing mobility and muscle strength. Speech therapy can also help maintain or improve speech skills that might be impacted by mitochondrial disease symptoms. These therapies cannot reverse damage already done by the disease. Sometimes results from these therapies may be noticeable immediately, and sometimes results are noticeable a few months later. Even if there is no change at all in symptoms, the view is that the therapy is probably preventing the disease from getting worse.

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