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Muscular System Diseases

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J Varghese

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of Muscular System Diseases

The child, Jordan, would never be able to be a normal child ever again in his life, but because Jim & Rita spotted his symptoms and took him to the hospital, his diseases were in their early stages, and he would be be able to increase the amount of time before his full paralysis with muscular therapy.
Muscular System Diseases
Muscular Dystrophy
-Genetic Disease
-Muscles become progressively thinner
-Causes trouble in breathing
-Limbs get drawn inwards
-Muscular therapy can slow disease if therapy is started in early stages of disease.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
-Neurological disease that causes muscle weakness
-No specific cause known
-Causes twitching in arm/leg
-Causes slurring in speech
-Affects ability to control muscles that cause a person to move/speak/breathe
Cerebral Palsy
-Disorder of movement/muscle tone
-Exaggerated reflexes, involuntary movements
-Stiffness in joints, inability to move
-Can be reduced by muscular therapy
-The most common treatment for any of the three diseases is muscular therapy.

-Muscular therapy will lessen the speed of the paralysis developing, and keep muscles partially strong.
Case Study
A year later, Jim had moved on in life. Jim felt like a new person. One day while running, Jim saw a girl crouched over on the running path next to a small boy.
“He doesn’t look too good” Jim said. “Does he need help?”
“Yes, he just collapsed here on the path a while back, and he couldn’t get back up. He can’t move any of his limbs away from his midline. He’s having trouble breathing, and his speech is slurred. I think he said his arms and legs felt weak” the girl said.
Jim knew these symptoms couldn’t be good. He suggested the two of them take the kid to the hospital. Since neither he nor the girl had a phone with them, they had to carry the child the mile to the closest hospital.
By the time the two of them had reached the hospital, Jim and the girl were exhausted, and it was late in the night, but they were happy that the child they brought in would be taken care of.
“My name is Rita, by the way” the girl said.
Jim and Rita sat in the hospital waiting room all night, until a doctor finally came out and told them the child, Jordan, had drastic symptoms of ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, and Cerebral Palsy. The doctor said that the child would live, but he would never be able to walk or run or even move again, even with the recommended therapy.
By: Joy Omorojie
Caitey Guerra
Joshua Varghese
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