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Electromyographic Measurement of Muscle Relaxation Time in Myotonia: Effect of Rehabilitation Program on Muscle Relaxation Time in a Myotonic Dystrophy Case

Author(s): Gönen Mengi Özsaraç, Zeynep Erdoğan, Mehmet Beyazova | Zeynep Erdoğan | Mehmet Beyazova

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 54;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 130;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Myotonic dystrophy | rehabilitation | muscle relaxation time

Myotonic dystrophy is a rare muscle disease. Since medical treatment is limited for this disease, rehabilitation interventions have become important. However, the benefits of rehabilitative interventions are controversial. This case report discusses the effects of rehabilitation on the muscle relaxation time and other functional parameters of a 33-year-old woman with myotonic dystrophy. A rehabilitation program of 21 sessions was conducted. Muscle relaxation time of the patient was evaluated electromyographically before and after rehabilitation program, and functional evaluations were performed. No significant changes were detected in the relaxation time or functional measures following after a rehabilitation program of three weeks. However, the peak torque values of knee muscles increased. 0 Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2008;54:128-30.
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