CN Physio

Becker Muscular Dystrophy

What is Becker Muscular Dystrophy?

This muscular dystrophy is caused by a deficiency of dystrophin, a protein that helps strengthen muscle fibres and protect them from injury. It appears primarily in males between ages 11 and 25.

Common Becker Muscular Dystrophy symptoms

  • Weakness begins in the upper legs and pelvis
  • Increase in falling over
  • Difficulty rising from a lying or sitting position – it is usual to see boys with BMD walk their hands up their legs to get into standing,
  • They can appear to waddle when walking because of weakness
  • Difficulty running and jumping and climbing stairs
  • Have calf muscles that appear large because of fat accumulation

What physiotherapy input can do for you

  • Delay the progression of weakness
  • Maintain your range of movement
  • Specialist home exercise and stretching programme
  • Assessment of posture in Beds, Chairs and Wheelchairs
  • Supported standing work where suitable
  • Maintain your cardiovascular fitness as long as possible
  • Provide support to help you engage in activities around the community eg rock climbing, attending the gym etc