Orthotists' role in muscular dystrophy care is changing

04/2/2013 | O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required)

The treatment for muscular dystrophy has become more advanced, extending patients' lives and keeping them mobile for several years longer than before, but these advances are also changing the role of the orthotist. AFOs worn at night are key to keeping tendons and muscles stretched and preventing contractures, but many orthotists note that night-time AFOs should be paired with daytime stretching and physical therapy for better results. KAFOs, which have been used less as later-stage muscular dystrophy patients become older and heavier, are being reconsidered by some orthotists as an advantageous last step before wheelchair use.

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