What is Muscular Dystrophy?

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Muscular Dystrophy is a disorder that decreases the function of the body’s muscles and others that control vital organs. Muscular dystrophy means that the muscles lack nourishment causing them to lose their function and break down. All muscular dystrophy diseases have three things in common: they are all progressive, each have the same characteristics and cause weakness, and are hereditary. The word dystrophy originates from the Greek terms “dys,” meaning abnormal, and “trophe,” meaning nourishment(Westrum, Schade). Several of these diseases are very harmful to a person’s movement. It is caused by a mutation to a gene and is shown at birth or later in childhood.

The human body contains 434 skeletal muscles also known as voluntary muscles(Magee,McClelland,Winder). We move these muscles by relaxing or contracting them. Other muscles such as smooth and heart muscles do not have to be controlled constantly. These diseases only affect voluntary muscles, but one can end up with smooth muscle and heart…

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