Length of Walking Ability gets improved with Steroids in Patients with Duchenne Muscular DystrophyIn a study that was supported by the General Clinical Research Center at the Ohio State University and the National Center of Research Resources of NIH, it was revealed that boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (MD) are able to walk more than 3 years longer when they take corticosteroids on a daily basis.

Wendy King, a physical therapist in the neurology department at Ohio State University, remarked that the risk of scoliosis along with the degree of curvature gets sharply reduced with daily doses of corticosteroids.

King remarked that this study is the first to look at the long-term impact of the drugs against previous studies that merely showed that corticosteroids can improve strength and function in boys with X-linked recessive ailment.

The study also suggested that patients with Duchenne MD must be prescribed calcium supplements and provided with regular bone density examinations at intervals of six months to twenty four months because of the orthopedic implications of usage of steroids.