Muscular Dystrophy South Australia supports individuals living with all neuromuscular conditions
Muscular Dystrophy is a neuromuscular, genetic condition which results in the progressive deterioration of muscle strength and function. The most common form in childhood is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which can see a young boy using a manual wheelchair by the age of 8, and being completely dependent on an electric one by his early teens. Life expectancy for this condition is usually the mid- to late-twenties.
There are many other types of neuromuscular conditions, affecting people of all ages. While most neuromuscular conditions occur in babies or children, some others appear in late adolescence or adulthood. The incidence of persons with a neuromuscular condition is estimated to be 100 per 100,000 head of population. It is estimated that there are more than 20,000 people in Australia who have some form of neuromuscular condition.
Researchers and doctors are learning more about the causes of neuromuscular conditions and various treatments are being trialled to stop the progression of the condition. Nonetheless, through early diagnosis, proper therapy and support an increased quality of life is possible.
Want to learn more about a specific neuromuscular condition? See our Condition Information fact sheets.