Muscular Dystrophy


Muscular dystrophy is a weakening muscle condition that make you feel like you’ve hit a roadblock. But our non-invasive Stem Cell Therapy treatment can help. We have helped many patients throughout Texas with their muscular dystrophy.Muscular dystrophy is an umbrella term used to characterize a number of disorders related to progressive muscle mass loss and strength loss. It can happen as early as infancy, or up to middle age or even later.


The face, arm, leg, spine or heart muscles are all vulnerable to muscular dystrophy. Because of muscle mass loss and weakness, these muscles face many physical limitations or lose ability to function altogether. This may also lead to shortened life span.


Muscular dystrophy is caused by certain genetic defects and abnormalities. All forms of it are inherited through an abnormal gene that does not produce enough/faulty dystrophin (a protein that helps muscle cells keep their normal shape and function). This gene is located on the X chromosome (women are less likely to have it because they have two X chromosomes, as opposed to men who only have one). A woman who has this abnormal gene can also be a “carrier” of it (being able to pass it down to her children) without having the condition herself.


The most common symptoms of muscular dystrophy are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Enlarged calves
  • Issues developing motor skills
  • Fatigue


There are no environmental factors that can increase your risk of developing muscular dystrophy. All forms of muscular dystrophy are caused by genetic mutations, so those with certain genetic factors are at the highest risk.

Henry Small, MD
7501 Fannin St. , Suite 710
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: 346-320-2420
Fax: 713-842-7911
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