An important aim of rehabilitation is to gain greater independence and achieve the highest level of function and quality of life as possible. A physiatrist not only focuses on physical aspects of the disease, such as muscle weakness, but also on social impact, such as social relationships and work or school.
Below are some examples in which a physiatrist may be helpful:
• Muscle weakness. Progressive muscular weakness may lead to problems in walking and climbing stairs. Adaptations or special devices can be helpful.
• Some of the characteristics of myotonic dystrophy, such as lack of initiative, fatigue, and facial muscle weakness, may cause problems in daily and social life. This may interfere with functioning at work.
• Physical therapy can be used to improve condition and functioning. Occupational therapy can be helpful in indicating which adaptations may be needed at home, or which devices may be helpful to improve daily functioning.
• Do you recognize any of the above-mentioned aspects? Please do not hesitate to contact your treating physician.