Muscle diseases occur in all age groups and can cause serious physical disability. Their impact is especially severe when children and young adults are affected. The needs of these patients are numerous and complicated, and frequently not adequately met. Some muscle diseases respond well to medical treatment, while many of the physical disabilities can be improved or prevented. Hence, although muscle diseases are not as common as neurological disorders such as stroke or epilepsy, they deserve our full attention.
There are many different forms of muscle diseases, with different causes and outcome, and requiring different treatments. They can be divided into two major categories.
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