Becker Muscular Dystrophy Case Study

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Introduction My task was replicating the experiences a seventeen-year-old male with Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) could encounter. As a part of the experience, the task requires me to consider that BDM is an ailment that the principal effects are characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting much like Duchenne (Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, 2016). BMD is brought on by a X-linked mutations of the dystrophin gene (Mah et al., 2014). The mutation causes the absence of dystrophin protein which leads to the progressive muscle necrosis (Mah et al., 2014). Subsequently, the condition also leads to cardiac muscle enlargement and dilated cardiomyopathy (Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, …show more content…
A seventeen-year-old male would want added mobility with a chair. Given this, I would consider adding some camber to the back wheels. This feature would allow for easier turns and improved wheel access. Both advantages would help as BMD progresses.
Seemingly, leg rests and front caster placement are other features to deliberate about on the wheelchair. Many sources address the benefits of physical activity in reducing the progression of BMD. Having the use of one’s legs to aid in propulsion would further the activity level of the lower extremities where BMD has its greatest effect. In my own experience, I found it helpful to have the leg rests removed while trying to navigate my home. Conversely, I found that the placement of the casters on my chair were a hindrance. On many occasions, caster placement on the standard wheelchair interfered with foot movements. Seemingly, a chair with removable leg rests and an adjusted caster placement could encourage therapeutic movement and simultaneously aid mobility, both desired
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I felt that every task throughout the day had its own set of challenges. During the simulation, the benefit of increase muscle strength was the principal factor that made most tasks capable. Seemingly, promoting the benefits of increased muscle strength is important to progressing the capabilities and overall wellbeing of individuals with muscle weakness. In their study of BMD, Sveen et. al. (2008) found that exercise has a beneficial effect in patients with BMD. Moreover, exercise appears to aid in the delay of progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Given this, in my lay opinion, the most essential lessons that a PTA could teach would accommodate and promote an active physical lifestyle. The experience of dependence and an inability to perform daily tasks at times was frustrating and disheartening. Ostensibly, teaching and endorsing an active physical lifestyle that delays the effects of BMD to a patient would help construct a complete state of physical, mental, and social

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