There's no cure for MD, but a range of treatments can help with the physical disabilities and problems that may develop. These can include:
- Mobility assistance – including exercise, physiotherapy and physical aids
- Support groups – to deal with the practical and emotional impact of MD
- Surgery – to correct postural deformities, such as scoliosis
- Medication – such as steroids to improve muscle strength, or ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers to treat heart problems
New research is looking into ways of repairing the genetic mutations and damaged muscles associated with MD.