Neuromuscular and Genetic Syndromes

Neuromuscular & Genetic Syndromes

Some neuromuscular conditions we see include

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common childhood muscular dystrophy and is characterized by loss of muscle strength and bulk

  • Charcot-Marie-Toot (CMT) Disease is a group term for inherited or genetic disorders that affect the peripheral nervous system. Clinical signs vary widely but may lead to lower limb deformities and foot drop

  • Fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) can begin from early infancy to adulthood. It is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and loss of function. Weakness is mostly picked up in the upper arm, back shoulders and face, with some also experiencing weakness in the trunk and lower limbs

  • Down Syndrome and other genetic syndromes

Common challenges:

  • Difficulty manipulating objects

  • Delay in meeting motor milestones (e.g. rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking)

  • Low postural tone and floppiness

  • Difficulty with head and neck control

  • Difficulty breathing and speech production

The role of a paediatric neurological physiotherapist in neuromuscular conditions:

Evidence shows that you can successfully treat or manage many of the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions with a tailored neurological rehabilitation program designed by paediatric neurological physiotherapists. Paediatric neurological physiotherapists are physiotherapists with additional training and expertise in treating problems related to the brain, spinal cord, inner ear and nerves that affect childhood development. It is important to note that these conditions are chronic and can leave a wide ranging impact on the child or adult as they get older. As there is no current cure for these conditions, improving quality of life and support for physical functioning is important and often benefits from a multi-disciplinary team approach. We can assist you in seeking other health professional expertise to complement your existing network or direct you to be assessed further in a timely way.

What our skilled therapists can offer:

  • Understand your child’s medical history

  • Provide additional information to assist with a diagnosis or prognosis

  • Take a family-centered approach that is goal-focused

  • Undertake a thorough assessment of their developmental skills

  • Design a personalised neurological rehabilitation program that is holistic and considers the 24-hour routine.

  • Provide advice on facilitating skill development and transfer into your child’s daily life, and education on how to best support your child’s health

  • Liaise with your child's network (e.g. kindergarten, school, other therapists) as appropriate

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