Muscular Dystrophy

Why do we address this condition?

Muscular Dystrophy is a lifelong condition that requires multiple therapy visits, treatments and equipment. It is a costly condition that has recurring costs for the health plan. Utilize Health aims to step in and prevent the high costs of these patients by having our specialty clinicians on staff work with these patients to meet their health, social and environmental needs to ultimately drive down costs and increase patient satisfaction.

Why you should be concerned about this condition?

Per Patient Annual Cost for MD: $32,236.

Total National Annual Cost: $448 million.

The total cost per DMD patient annually is $50,953 on average.

Total National Annual Cost for patients with DMD: $363-488 million.

Details about this condition

Muscular Dystrophy is a hereditary condition that causes the muscles in the body to get weaker and weaker and slowly stop working. Muscles need many different kinds of proteins to stay healthy and keep working correctly.

When thinking about protein, think about foods that have protein in them such as milk, eggs or meats, but people's’ genes actually create a different type of protein all by themselves that help their muscles. In addition, these genes receive the wrong instructions and cannot create the correct proteins that the muscles need.

TYPES OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

Duchenne / Becker MD

Myotonic MD

Limb Girdle MD

Facioscapulohumeral MD

Congenital MD and Myopathies

Oculopharyngeal MD

Emery-Dreifuss MD

COMMON TREATMENTS

Regular exercise programs

Respiratory care

Mobility Aids (Canes, Walkers, Wheelchairs)

Surgery to correct a spinal curvature

TYPES OF THERAPY

Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
Aquatic Therapy