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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) will be an important part of a young man’s life from the time of his Duchenne diagnosis.

Physical therapists supervise active exercise, passive stretching, hydro-based (water) therapy, as well as regularly monitoring the spine, musculoskeletal, and respiratory function.

Physical therapists play a major role in the prescription and provision of adaptive seating and equipment, assist school staff in a wide range of modifications, and can help advocate on parents’ behalf to insurance companies.

Helpful resources include:

Click on a link below for in-depth information on how physical therapy relates to the typical stages of Duchenne's progression (early, middle and adult), and what every parent should know at each stage.

In this section

Early Stage
Middle (Transitional) Stage
Adult Stage

Related Links

PT Management Document (download)
PT Stretching Video
Stretching Guide (PDF) by Helen Posselt
Important Aspects of Physical Therapy

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