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Recovering From a Broken Leg – Getting Back On Your Feet

Recovering From A Broken Leg – Getting Back On Your Feet

Jennifer Wallace-Valdes, PT explains what to expect of rehabilitation after a leg fracture for those who are ambulatory with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The days, weeks, and months that follow a leg fracture can be a very scary time. This video blog was created to help prepare you in case you encounter this unfortunate situation. It’s meant to help you understand the difference you will face having the fracture treated with a cast vs. surgery.

Links to additional resources with information you may find helpful are included below:


Anti-Gravity Treadmill Information

source: Antigravity Treadmill Presented by Duchenne Therapy Network & CureDuchenne

The Alter G antigravity treadmill is a good way for those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to walk in a safe environment. The Alter G, antigravity treadmill helps those who are having difficulty walking, have experienced a leg fracture or are unsafe walking.


How to Find an Alter-G Near You

source: Alter-G Company Website

AlterG's treadmill systems augment physical deficits and increase mobility to improve orthopedic rehabilitation and can aid in the management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


An Example of Partial Body Weight Support

source: Lite Gait Company Website

LiteGait is a gait training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground. It creates an ideal environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels. LiteGait provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement.


Additional Clinical Information About Bone Health and Duchenne

source: Diagnosis and Management of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Part 2: Respiratory, Cardiac, Bone Health, and Orthopedic Management

Part 2 of the updated DMD care considerations includes the latest recommendations for bone health for boys and men with DMD.