The weakening and wasting away of the muscles especially in the region of the shoulder blade and below the knee is known as Scapuloperoneal Myopathy. In a few rare cases facial muscles could also be affected. The severity and progression of the disease varies among patients. Patients could also experience muscle cramps and spasms.
HOW IS SCAPULOPERONEAL MYOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Scapuloperoneal Myopathy includes physical observation by the doctor who would check for signs of muscle weaknesses and associated symptoms.
HOW IS SCAPULOPERONEAL MYOPATHY TREATED?
The treatment measures for Scapuloperoneal Myopathy are geared toward managing the symptoms and decreasing the rate of progression. The following may be prescribed for effective management of symptoms to offer relief to the patients:
• Corticosteroids: These have been shown to be effective medications to relieve discomfort. Further damage is generally delayed in patients and muscle strength may improve
• Supplemental vitamins may be recommended to offset the side effects of the corticosteroids.
• Therapeutic exercise regimen and physiotherapy
• In some cases, a surgery may be required to treat the condition
• Spirometry exercises: If the breathing muscles are severely damaged, a spirometer has been shown to help breathing in some cases (since it is not possible to strengthen these muscles)
DID YOU KNOW?
Scapuloperoneal Myopathy is a disorder that may be inherited in an autosomal dominant or X-linked dominant manner. Therefore, a positive family history of the condition is a risk factor for developing Scapuloperoneal Myopathy