Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
A Qualitative Study of Current Rehab Practices for Muscular Dystrophies: Views & Experiences of Rehab Professionals
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
Article Information
Musculoskeletal Impairments
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
A Qualitative Study of Current Rehab Practices for Muscular Dystrophies: Views & Experiences of Rehab Professionals
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411510328. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO8732
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411510328. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO8732
Abstract

Date Presented 03/28/20

Individuals with adult-onset muscular dystrophies do not die from the disease but have progressive loss of occupational performance (OP) and quality of life. There is no consistent pathway for referral and access to rehab services. OTs are underutilized, even though the greatest need is improvement in OP. The lack of guidelines makes outcomes inconsistent. To work, gene therapies require muscle bulk. OTs may train clients in “muscle protection ” to maintain muscle, giving them a chance at a cure.

Primary Author and Speaker: Kaitlin Graf

Additional Authors and Speakers: Renuka Roche

Contributing Authors: Joseph Roche