Muscler system

Diseases

Muscular dystrophy

is a genetic disease that damages muscle fibers. The symptoms of muscular dystrophy disease include weakness, loss of mobility and lack of coordination. More than 50,000 Americans suffer with one of the nine forms of the disease, which can occur at any time in a person’s life and has no cure.

Cerebral palsy

impacts posture, balance and motor functions. Brain damage during or before childbirth causes a loss of muscle tone, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. It is one of the most common congenital disorders.

Myasthenia gravis

is a chronic autoimmune disease that results in muscle weakness and fatigue. A breakdown of the neuromuscular junction causes the brain to lose control over these muscles, which can result in difficulty breathing and swallowing.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. It is a fatal disease that affects 30,000 Americans at any one time and leads to a loss of control over voluntary muscle movement, making it increasingly difficult to swallow, breath and speak. The disease ultimately causes paralysis and death.

Fibromyalgia

is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, stiffness, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. While this is a difficult disease to pinpoint and diagnose and can mimic many other medical problems, it has gained acceptance as a recognized health issue over the past decade.