Muscular dystrophy (MD)

MD (or muscular dystrophy) describes a group of inherited genetic conditions that gradually cause muscles to weaken. MD is a progressive condition, meaning the condition and symptoms get worse over time. It often begins with one set of muscles before affecting the muscles more widely – some types of MD eventually affect the heart or the muscles used for breathing.

There are many different types of MD with different symptoms. Not all types cause severe disability and many do not affect life expectancy. The most common types of MD include: Duchenne MD, Myotonic dystrophy, Facioscapulohumeral MD, Becker MD, Limb-girdle MD, Oculopharyngeal MD, and Emery-Dreifuss MD. There are approximately 70,000 people in the UK with MD or a related condition.

Find out more about muscular dystrophy here.

As MD affects muscle groups, it can cause different levels of disability with some people needing to use a wheelchair. Over the years, we have worked with groups and carers to design a range of adaptive clothing for wheelchair users including our popular drop front wheelchair trousers and wheelchair shorts, tailored wheelchair trousers, wheelchair jeans and wheelchair waterproofs that can easily be put on and taken off.

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