Muscular dystrophy

Duke’s muscular dystrophy experts provide personalized treatment options to people with muscular dystrophy - a group of diseases that weakens muscles over time. We help you maintain muscle strength and preserve mobility for as long as possible. Our comprehensive care services, combined with ongoing support, education and counseling, allows us to help you and your family cope with the life-changing effects of muscular dystrophy.

Expert care for muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited diseases that damage your muscle fibers and weaken your muscles over time. There are many forms of muscular dystrophy including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Becker’s, Emery-Dreifuss, facioscapulohumeral, Limb-Girdle, myotonia congenita, and myotonic forms of the disease. Our doctors are experts in treating all forms of muscular dystrophy, as well as the conditions that may occur as the disease progresses. We use every therapy option available to preserve your strength and mobility for as long as possible, and also work with you and your family to give you the skills you need to live with muscular dystrophy. We provide ongoing emotional and psychological support to you and your family, to improve your quality of life now and in the future.

Chose Duke for your muscular dystrophy treatment because we offer:

  • Exceptional reputation. Our neurology program is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Personalized care. We work closely with you to create a personalized care plan that starts at the time of your initial diagnosis and continues long-term.
  • Experienced specialists. Muscular dystrophy requires ongoing care from many different experts. We deliver streamlined, one-stop care for your medical and therapy needs. Your care team includes neurologists, nurse coordinators, adult or pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists, a nutritionist, a genetic counselor, and a social worker.
  • Leaders in research. Our researchers are studying gene therapy options that may reverse the symptoms of some forms of muscular dystrophy. Our work helps us understand more about the origins of muscular dystrophy, which can help us develop more targeted and effective treatments for the future.
  • Specialized technology. We perform about 3,000 routine and specialized diagnostic procedures in our accredited electromyography (EMG) lab every year. Our high patient volume demonstrates our advanced training and skill in diagnosing all types of muscular dystrophy. Our EMG lab is fully accredited by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.


There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, so our care is personalized to your unique needs, helping you remain mobile for as long as possible.


Your doctor will perform a physical examination and review your medical and family history. In addition, he may order one or more of the following tests:

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