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Trunk Training and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Pediatric occupational and physical therapists often provide trunk training exercises for boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The purpose of a recent study was to evaluate whether trunk training affects limb, respiratory, and pulmonary function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Study Methodology:   Over the course of 8 weeks, a randomized controlled trial was conducted on 26 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy between the ages of 5 and 16. Two groups of participants were assigned at random. The study group (N = 13) used the trunk-oriented exercise program, whereas the control group (N = 13) used the conventional exercise plan for the eight weeks.

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