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ISSN: 2573-0312

Journal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation
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Case Report

Aquatic and Land-Based Physical Therapy Improves Functional Mobility and Quality of Life in a Patient with Bethlem Myopathy Muscular Dystrophy: A Case Report

Kent Aimee 1,2* and Manella Kathleen2

1St. David’s Rehabilitation and St.David’s Medical Center, St. Austin, TX, USA

2Department of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, TX, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Kent Aimee
St. David’s Rehabilitation and St.David’s Medical Center
St. Austin, TX, USA
Tel: +239-877-1190
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: March 15, 2016; Accepted date: March 21, 2017; Published date: March 28, 2017

Citation: Aimee K, Kathleen M (2017) Aquatic and Land-Based Physical Therapy Improves Functional Mobility and Quality of Life in a Patient with Bethlem Myopathy Muscular Dystrophy: A Case Report. Physiother Rehabil 2:133. doi:10.4172/2573-0312.1000133

Copyright: © 2017 Aimee K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



We describe a 34-year-old female diagnosed with Bethlem Myopathy Muscular Dystrophy (BMMD). The initial examination revealed decreased muscle strength and range of motion, and impaired gait. The patient was unable to work and lived with her mother who assisted with all activities of daily living. The patient received aquatic and landbased physical therapy interventions 2 times a week for 12 weeks. After 24 sessions, the patient was able to return to work, walk around the park, go shopping and to the movies, participate in the community pool program, and use a fitness center to maintain strength and endurance. Physical therapy was effective in improving safety and independence for functional transfers, mobility, and community participation, which improved patient-reported quality of life. Further research is needed to assess effectiveness of physical therapy interventions on functional mobility, community participation, and quality of life for patients with Bethlem Myopathy Muscular Dystrophy.


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