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What are the treatment options for myotonic dystrophy?

Treatment for myotonic dystrophy may involve medication, physical therapy, surgery, or a combination of these. Medications are sometimes prescribed to manage myotonia. Physical therapy can help maintain joint flexibility and prevent joint contractions from becoming worse. In addition, physical therapy can delay the development of curvature of the spine. Hot baths, or hydrotherapy, can also help maintain joint flexibility.
Tendon release surgery can provide relief from contractures that become painful. Curvature of the spine can also be corrected with surgery. People with myotonic dystrophy may benefit from devices such as braces, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.

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