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What are the treatment options for Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Unfortunately, there's no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. However, there are several treatment options that may help reduce your symptoms. Doctors may prescribe medications, most commonly corticosteroids like prednisone, that work to delay the progression of muscle deterioration. Another treatment option may be physical therapy, which helps keep muscles, joints, and tendons strong and flexible. Assistive devices like leg braces and walkers may be helpful for keeping your mobility, though a wheelchair is often required eventually. In some cases, doctors may recommend surgery to correct curvature of the spine that may be caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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