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Can distal muscular dystrophy be prevented?

Because distal muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder, it cannot be prevented. If you have a family history of distal muscular dystrophy, genetic screening may be helpful for an early diagnosis and early treatment. However, genetic testing isn't available for all forms of distal muscular dystrophy, so doctors will often diagnose the disorder only after you notice symptoms. Once distal muscular dystrophy is diagnosed, treatment like physical therapy and assistive devices may help reduce symptoms.

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